More than half of Linux developers formerly wrote primarily for Windows, an Evans Data study shows

InformationWeek Staff, Contributor

March 17, 2003

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Contrary to popular opinion, Linux is getting most of its converts from Windows rather than Unix, research firm Evans Data said Monday. More than half of Linux developers, 52%, formerly wrote primarily for Windows, while only 30% came from Unix, Evans Data said.

Linux's three top strengths, the developers told Evans Data, include stability; the fact that Linux is open source; and cost, the research firm said. Commercial software will find it difficult to compete with Linux because of Linux's open-source nature and the low cost, it said.

Other findings of the study:

- Developers said Linux tools need improvement. In all, 61% of developers surveyed said compilers are of critical importance, yet almost 25% rated compilers currently available for Linux as either merely "adequate" or "needs work."- More than half of developers (56%) , said 64-bit architectures are important for their companies to develop to, but many developers still use Intel's 32-bit architecture. Evans Data interpreted the data by concluding that developers are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the 64-bit architecture rather than moving to it in the near term. - Thirty-six percent of developers expect to migrate to the 2.6 Linux kernel within six months to a year after its release. The new kernel is expected to improve scalability across a greater number of processors and provide enhanced multithreading.

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