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15 March 2012, 09:47

Shuttleworth: Ubuntu beats RHEL

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Ubuntu Logo Mark Shuttleworth happily reports that companies have started adopting Ubuntu over Red Hat Enterprise Linux for "large-scale enterprise workloads". To prove this, Shuttleworth quotes figures by W3Techs which state that, since last summer, Ubuntu has been running on more web servers than Red Hat's Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Currently the figures show that of all sampled web sites that run on Linux, 18% run Ubuntu while 12% run RHEL. What he didn't mention was that both Debian GNU/Linux and the RHEL-clone CentOS are even more popular by significant amounts, achieving shares of around 30% each.

According to Shuttleworth, Ubuntu's lead over RHEL is even clearer in terms of what he calls "new-style services" – cloud and big-data applications; however, since most of that happens behind firewalls there is only "anecdata" (anecdotal evidence). The W3Techs figures used by Shuttleworth to compare Ubuntu and RHEL are based on information collected from a million web sites.

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