New Linux Foundation User Survey Shows Enterprise Linux to Achieve Significant Gains

The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, has announced the results of a new survey, revealing that the world's largest enterprises will add more Linux at the expense of Windows over the next 5 years.

The data in the report reflects the results of an invitation-only survey of The Linux Foundation's Enterprise End User Council as well as other companies and government organizations. The survey was conducted by The Linux Foundation in partnership with Yeoman Technology Group during August and September 2010 and received more than 1,900 responses. According to The Linux Foundation, the report filters the data to surface trends among the world's largest enterprise companies and government organizations - identified by 387 respondents at organizations with $500 million or more a year in revenues or greater than 500 employees.

Among the key findings in the Linux Foundation report are that almost 80% of respondents' companies are adding more Linux relative to other operating systems in the next 5 years; and 60.2% of respondents say they will use Linux for more mission-critical workloads over the next 12 months. The drivers for Linux adoption extend beyond cost, the report shows, with technical superiority cited as the primary driver, followed by cost and then security.

"The IT professionals we surveyed for the Linux Adoption Trends report are among the world's most advanced Linux users working at the largest enterprise companies and illustrate what we can expect from the market in the months and years ahead," states Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing and developer programs at The Linux Foundation.

To download the full report, visit The Linux Foundation Publications site.