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12 October 2010, 12:19

New Linux Foundation survey shows significant gains for enterprise Linux

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Announced at the Linux Foundation End User Summit, the results of a new invitation-only survey by the foundation show significant gains in market share for Linux.

The survey, entitled “Linux Adoption Trends: A Survey of Enterprise End Users” and published in partnership with Yeoman Technologies, asked nearly 2,000 selected users if they thought that the use of Linux within their organisations would increase within the next five years. Almost 80% of respondents said they felt it would. According to the survey, in the last two years, 66% of new Linux deployments have been green-field deployments, while 36.6% have been migrations from Microsoft Windows. Over 60% of respondents said that they would use Linux for more mission critical workloads within the next twelve months.

Zoom Infographic exert from the Linux Foundation survey.
The survey found that features, technical superiority, lower total cost of ownership and security were the main drivers behind the adoption of Linux. Specific comments included - "Other operating systems have products available for high performance computing, they just don't measure up", "Stability, no viruses" and "Reliability - most of our heavy production Linux servers have an uptime approaching 1,500 days."

When asked about the perception of Linux, respondents said that they felt the operating system showed strong improvement with time and that general feelings towards Linux within their organisations were positive. However, concerns over driver availability and interoperability with other systems were seen as the main obstacles to Linux adoption.

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