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Linux gains share on enterprise servers -- and desktops, too
Jan. 19, 2012

Linux jumped to 1.4 percent desktop market share from 0.97 percent in July, according to Net Applications. Meanwhile, a Linux Foundation survey on enterprise Linux says 79.8 percent of organizations are planning to increase their Linux deployments, citing affordability, technical features, and security as Linux advantages.

According to the latest desktop market share estimates from Net Applications, Linux has soared to 1.41 percent share at the end of 2011, up from 0.97 percent in July. While that's a pittance compared to the 92.2 percent Net Applications lists for Microsoft Windows operating systems, and still less than a quarter of the Apple Macintosh share at 6.36 percent, it's a remarkable surge.

Linux is much better established on servers, with over 20 percent of the market. Once enterprises try out Linux on servers, they rarely go back to Windows or Unix, says a new Linux Foundation survey of enterprise Linux. Some 79.8 percent of respondents say their organizations are planning to increase Linux deployments, says the survey.

Affordability is still the top reason for going with Linux, says the survey, but technical superiority and security follow close behind. Meanwhile, most respondents say their organizations' Linux deployments will increase due to the operating system's suitability for the major IT issues of the day: the challenge of "Big Data," as well as the spread of cloud computing and virtualization.

The full story on the Net Applications data and Linux Foundation survey may be found at LinuxDevices.

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