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23 May 2008, 10:23

New report shows UK developers preference for open source technologies

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The research department of Kingpin Intelligence has just published a new research report titled “Developers and Open Source”. The report concludes that based on Kingpin's research, non-Open Source respondents would prefer to use Open Source for work, but agree that existing licences and client requirements hamper migration.

400 UK developers, drawn from Kingpin Intelligence’s proprietary database of IT professionals, were surveyed to ascertain their tool usage, perceptions and opinions of Open Source technology. While 42 per cent of all those surveyed believe that the LAMP stack (a combination of Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl/Python etc.) currently poses a threat to other technologies, 42 per cent don’t feel that Open Source necessarily equals higher quality. However, the majority of respondents still prefer to use the Mozilla browser for personal use, with Internet Explorer more widely used at work.

Red Hat is widely seen as the leading Open Source vendor, with younger rival Ubuntu making strides in vendor space.

According to Claire Roy, Head of Research at Kingpin Intelligence “This research confirms that there is increasing interest in Open Source technologies in the UK developer community,” – “The cost and flexibility benefits of using Open Source technologies are appealing for developers and organisations in the current financial climate.”

The report 'Developers and Open Source 2008' is available for purchase from Kingpin Intelligence. For more information please contact David Skevington.

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