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11 January 2012, 12:29

Debian passes CentOS as most popular Linux for web servers

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Last year, Debian GNU/Linux and CentOS were the most popular Linux distributions on web servers. According to recent monthly figures from W3Techs, Debian has recently regained the top spot from CentOS and was running on 29.4 per cent of Linux-based web servers (9.6 per cent of all web sites). CentOS had held the lead by a few per cent during most of the last year; Debian moved ahead by a small margin at the end of the year.

Ubuntu's share increased from 12 to 18 per cent while the use of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, SuSE and Gentoo on web servers all declined. Debian is especially popular in Europe, while the distribution is hardly used in Japan, India and China. Debian is also relatively unpopular in the USA and Canada. The numbers are based on a survey of the million most popular web sites as defined by Alexa.

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