Originally Published: Monday, 4 October 1999 Author: Jeff Alami
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Survey.com and ENT Magazine Establish the Linux ... Research Initiative

First Report Will Focus On IT Adoption Plans for Linux And BSD Open Source Unix Across the Entire Range of Organizational Computing, From Small Business to the Enterprise

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 4, 1999--Survey.com and ENT magazine announce a cooperative research initiative designed to produce a series of comprehensive reports on Linux and the open source software industry.

The research objective will be to identify the major trends, issues, and growth areas in the burgeoning open source software market. The first report in the program will focus on IT's attitudes about and adoption plans for the Linux and BSD open-source Unix operating systems, spanning the entire range of organizational computing from small business to the enterprise.

Open source software is distributed under a variety of licenses that generally guarantee the right to read, redistribute, modify, and use the software freely. Proponents claim that by supporting independent peer review and rapid evolution of source code, open source licensing promotes software reliability, quality, and security.

The most famous example of open source software is the Linux operating system, which has garnered support from major vendors such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Silicon Graphics, and Dell. Other examples include applications such as Sendmail, the Apache Web server, the Perl scripting language, and others that serve as the fundamental "plumbing" of the Internet.

Tom Wilson, Group Publisher with 101 Communications, the publisher of ENT magazine, stated, "The open source software market is currently experiencing tremendous growth, accompanied by a degree of zealotry and hype that is obscuring the real impact of this software licensing model on corporate IT. We believe that the demand for objective independent research has never been greater and are excited about working with Survey.com to objectively measure this phenomenon."

Peter J. Auditore, President of Syndicated Services at Survey.com, said, "We are extremely pleased to be partnering with ENT magazine on this important project, which will furnish IT professionals with a forum for influencing the future development of open source software. We intend to strip away the hype surrounding open source software and reveal the true attitudes and adoption plans of the IT professionals who determine the success or failure of software products in the business world, which will benefit both the IT world and the open source movement."

Survey.com is the leading provider of eResearch and is the first company to successfully harness the power of the Internet for conducting primary and secondary market research. The company has completed more than one million Internet-based surveys for both proprietary and syndicated market research studies on a broad range of topics including information technology, consumer electronics, entertainment, and sports.

ENT is part of the IT Management Group of publications owned by 101 Communications. Other IT Management publications include Midrange Systems, Enterprise Systems Journal, HP Professional, Distributed Computing, Unisphere and Enterprise Linux. ENT, The Independent Newspaper for Windows NT Enterprise Computing , publishes 21 issues per year and is read by over 80,000 IT decision-makers. For information on ENT visit the ENT web site at www.entmag.com. CONTACT: Survey.com Don Bulmer, 650/969-4253 dbulmer@survey.com