US report: Linux training market increasing

The need for training IT professionals on the Linux operating system is increasing, according to a report released last week.

          The need for training IT professionals on the Linux operating system is increasing, according to a report released last week.

          The International Data Corporation (IDC) study says the market for training professionals on the open source operating system could rise to $US311 million by 2004. The market in 1999 was worth $US10.9 million.

          The rapid deployment of Linux servers is sparking the need for greater understanding of the evolving operating system. Overall, Linux is "pretty small" in the IT training market as Microsoft's Windows NT still dominates. Linux ranks second, while Unix and Novell NetWare come in third and fourth, respectively.

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