Linux is gaining on the desktop and owns HPC market... has a nice article covering several reports detailing the penetration Linux has in various areas. The article gives a nice rundown area by area.  What surprised me the most was that of the top 500 High Performance Computers Linux ran on 471.  I am pretty sure that Windows didn't run on any.  The other cool fact that came out is that Linux has now managed to achieve a little more than 1% of the total desktop market.  The full percentages break down like this:

"Linux server revenue share grew to 16.8 percent, says IDC, and Linux is now running on 91 percent of the 500 fastest supercomputers."

Very cool to see things moving forward at such steady pace.  Check out the article and amaze your friends with a fresh set of stats.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.