Another example of Linux's growth in popularity was delivered last week as Windows-based accounting software firm, Intuit, announced that its Quickbooks Enterprise Solutions software will soon be available on Linux.
The server-based accounting software previously required the system's database to be running on a Windows server, but that is set to change with the delivery of a free Linux Database Server Manager application.
It is the first time that Intuit has supported the open source operating system and was delivered in response to requests from IT professionals, according to the company.
"IT professionals are an integral part of a mid-market business' success and have shown real enthusiasm for working with the Linux platform," said Angus Thomson, vice president and general manager of Intuit's mid-market group. We are committed to giving them the tools they need to effectively serve their companies, regardless of the computing platform they prefer. This is a natural progression for QuickBooks Enterprise and a significant step forward for Intuit in serving growing and more complex businesses' evolving needs."
Pricing for the QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions package starts at $3000 while the Linux Database Server Manager will be available as a free download starting 25 June.