A survey of developers and IT managers in North America found that the number of developers targeting Linux for their server- and client-side applications increased by 34% over the past year.
The Evans Data Spring 2007 North American Development survey of more than 400 IT decision makers also found that the growth in Linux development came at the expense of Microsoft Windows, which decreased 12% from one year ago. Approximately 64.8% targeted the platform as opposed to 74% in 2006, the survey said.
John Andrews, CEO of Evans Data, said in a statement that Windows development is set to continue its decline into 2008 to the tune of roughly 2%. The decline will leave the still-dominant operating system with a majority 63% market share in 2008. Linux, on the other hand, will hold a 16% share in 2008, according to Evans Data estimates.
The survey featured developers at enterprises, VARs and system integrators, and covered both client and server application development. According to the survey, the decline in Windows targeting by developers started in 2005, and has increased year-over-year as Linux matured and gained in popularity as an enterprise level OS.
… and on that note, Happy Fourth of July to our readers in the States! We’ll be back in action later this week after some R&R.