Quote:lol they really don't.
Look at super computers, and Linux obliterates the market. Linux dominates the web server market too: web servers, name servers, etc. Microsoft have a bit more of an edge with databases as MS SQL Server is actually a half decent product, but even then, a Windows licence is way over priced if you want to run any other db.
Also lets look at some of the other companies offering enterprise solutions: Oracle, IBM, HP, VMWare - they all have Linux or UNIX on their back end. Google runs Linux and UNIX on their servers, movie studios run Linux on their rendering farms, message boards, wiki's and blogs are typically written for LAMP stacks. In fact, unless you're running a domain controller, Linux is a every bit as prevalent as Windows and often more so.
In fact, the only time I've ever seen Microsoft dominate the enterprise space is in government installs - but then my experience with government IT project is they usually let morons in charge who almost always ends up buying the most expensive contracts with the worst infrastructure. So I don't know what your field of expertise is, but if you specialise in Microsoft technologies then your exposure is bound to be biased anyway
At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter what people choose to run as long as it works. But don't fall into the same trap of buying into FUD that MS spread about their dominance in the server market - nor underestimate just how well Linux performs on servers
Edited by Plan9 - 8/22/12 at 3:36pm