CNet has an interesting article on server adoptions - they are reporting that Windows 2003 Server is stealing market share from Linux. If nothing else, that that runs completely counter to the conventional wisdom.
Microsoft has seen a 300 percent increase in the last three months in the number of Web sites hosted on its recently launched Windows Server 2003 -- with a considerable amount of the new business representing moves away 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 organization and can often be obtained and maintained far more cheaply than proprietary software.
The number of active Web sites hosted on Server 2003 tripled to 88,400 in the past three months, according to Netcraft, which monitors server use. A significant portion of this growth has been at the expense of the Linux operating system, with 5 percent, or 8,000 sites, having migrated from Linux.
However, note that later in the article, it's noted that there are 4.7 million websites using IIS, and over 13 million using Apache - so while this activity is certainly interesting, it's happening in a small part of the overall market. IMHO, this isn't a bad thing - it represents competition in action - the Apache folks are ahead, but will have to work to stay there. Nothing wrong with that.