Dylan dyl2000 at lineone.net
Wed Jul 23 01:25:31 PDT 2003

Microsoft has seen a 300 per cent increase in the last three months in the
number of websites hosted on its recently launched Windows Server 2003
software - with a considerable amount of the new business representing
migrations from Linux, according to a survey published this week.

The figures are a win for Microsoft, which dominates the desktop operating
system market but currently rates a distant second to the open source
Apache, often running on Linux, in servers. Open source software is not
controlled by any one organisation and can often be obtained and maintained
far more cheaply than proprietary software.

The number of active websites hosted on Server 2003 tripled to 88,400 in the
three months since launch, according to Netcraft, which monitors server
usage. A significant portion of this growth has been at the expense of the
Linux operating system, with 5 per cent, or 8,000 sites, having migrated
from Linux.

"Microsoft will take some considerable encouragement at the number of sites
that have switched from Linux," Netcraft said in its report.

But the 88,400 versions of Windows Server 2003 account for only a very small
fraction of the total market. There are 4.7 million active sites that use
Microsoft's web server, Netcraft said.

Apache, which most often runs on Linux or various versions of Unix, is used
at 13.2 million active websites.

Forty-two percent of the sites running on Microsoft's new server are new
sites, 43 per cent are upgrades from other Windows platforms, mainly Windows
2000, and one per cent are migrations from operating systems other than
Linux or Windows, according to Netcraft.

The company also noted that the number of sites running on the BSD version
of Unix have continued to increase - the only operating system besides Linux
and Windows that the survey has found to be on the rise, rather than losing
market share, in the server space.

The number of hostnames using BSD is nearing four million, while the number
of active sites is nearly two million, Netcraft said. Most of these sites
are accounted for by companies with shared hosting systems, including Yahoo,
which can operate hundreds of thousands of sites as part of a single system.
Yahoo accounts for 159,354 of the BSD sites, with 152,054 from NTT/Verio and
129,378 from Infospace, the survey found.

"Never has an operating system used by so many been administered by so few,"
Netcraft's report said.

Matthew Broersma writes for ZDNet UK.


Now the question is why has Microsoft seen an increase. Why pay high prices
for a windows web server when linux has lower costs and is better. Is this
because Micrisoft .NET strategy is pulling off. All software vendors seem to
be moving over to .NET (WHY?).

What do you all think?

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