|| ||Erik Orgell <eriko-AT-evansdata.com>|
|| ||Linux Developers Embrace Non-Commercial Distributions|
|| ||Wed, 13 Apr 2005 13:51:52 -0700|
Dear LWN Editors,
As Linux has matured and found an ever increasing foothold on developer
and end user machines, there has been a noted preference for commercial
versions of Linux over non-commercial versions. The main reason for the
allegiance to commercial Linux has been support thats less available
for the non-commercial versions.
But, as the knowledge base of Linux and its own special set of
installation and maintenance issues grows, the need to rely on support
has diminished and the largest increase in responses to the question
What is the biggest advantage of a commercial version of Linux? was
None, which grew by my than 50% in the last six months.
Evans Data Corp. has just released its latest Linux Development Survey,
the full press release follows in-line below. There are many more data
points from the survey that could not be touched upon in the press
release, if there is a particular angle or technology in the Linux area
that you would be interested in seeing data for then please just let me
know and I'll get a package of data pulled together as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your time.
Erik C. Orgell
Erik C. Orgell
Director of Public Relations
Evans Data Corp.
*LINUX DEVELOPERS MOVING TOWARDS NON-COMMERCIAL LINUX DISTRIBUTIONS, NEW
EVANS DATA SURVEY*
*Survey Shows Factors Leading to Increase in Non-Commercial
*SANTA CRUZ, CA, April 13, 2005 * Linux developers have used commercial
versions of Linux more than non-commercial versions in the past, in 2003
the preference for a commercial version of Linux was double that of
non-commercial Linux, but, according to Evans Data Corporations new
Spring 2005 Linux Development Survey, that has now changed and Linux
developers now prefer non-commercial versions of Linux. Six months ago,
purchased and free Linux were in a virtual tie, now 34% prefer
non-commercial versions of Linux and 28% prefer a commercial version.
Commercial distributions of Linux have garnered support in the past
primarily because of access to technical support. In the last six months
25% fewer Linux developers believe that support is the biggest advantage
a commercial version of Linux has over a non-commercial version. Twenty
percent of Linux developers dont believe there are any advantages to a
commercial version over a non-commercial version, a 50% increase in the
last six months.
The sharp drop off of belief in support being the biggest advantage
is another strong indicator of the quality of the non-commercial
offerings. Considering that 85% of Linux developers feel the biggest
advantage of non-commercial Linux is the ease and cost of upgrades and
maintenance, it can be taken as another sign of the maturity of the
non-commercial distributions of Linux, said John F. Andrews, COO of
Additionally, the February 2005 survey of more than 400 Linux developers
found that the largest disparity between importance and satisfaction
with Linux development tools can be found in Error Detection Tools and
Debuggers. Error detection tools are believed to be critical or very
important to almost 50% of Linux developers but less than 25% are
satisfied and 23% indicated that they need work. Debuggers are the
third most important tool but only 40% of developers think the tools are
excellent or very good.
*About Evans Data Corporation*
Evans Data Corporation (www.evansdata.com <http://www.evansdata.com/>>)
provides regularly updated IT industry market intelligence based on
in-depth surveys of the global developer population. Evans' syndicated
research includes surveys focused on developers in a wide variety of
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