[SATLUG] Linux Foundation Monthly Newsletter: October 2010

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Thu Oct 21 15:51:55 CDT 2010

* New Linux Foundation User Survey Shows Linux to Achieve Significant Gains
* New Open Compliance Resources Available
* Linux Kernel Summit & Plumbers Conferences Are Coming Up
* Aava Mobile, Insprit and OpenLogic Join The Linux Foundation
* The Linux Foundation in the News
* Upcoming Training Opportunities

==> New Linux Foundation User Survey Shows Linux to Achieve
Significant Gains <==

The Linux Foundation recently published a new report: “Linux Adoption
Trends: A Survey of Enterprise End Users.” According to data collected
from the world's largest enterprises, Linux is poised to take
significant market share from Unix and Windows, is becoming more
mission critical in the enterprise and more strategic to the CIO.

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 and received responses from more than 1900
individuals, which were filtered to analyze the data from among the
world's largest organizations.

Key findings from the report include:
• 79.4 percent of companies are adding more Linux relative to other
operating systems in the next five years.

• More people are reporting that their Linux deployments are
migrations from Windows than any other platform, including Unix
migrations. 66 percent of users surveyed say that their Linux
deployments are brand new (“Greenfield”) deployments.

• Among the early adopters who are operating in cloud environments,
70.3 percent use Linux as their primary platform, while only 18.3
percent use Windows.

• 60.2 percent of respondents say they will use Linux for more
mission-critical workloads over the next 12 months.

• 86.5 percent of respondents report that Linux is improving and 58.4
percent say their CIOs see Linux as more strategic to the organization
as compared to three years ago.

• Drivers for Linux adoption extend beyond cost: technical superiority
is the primary driver, followed by cost and then security.

• The growth in Linux, as demonstrated by this report, is leading
companies to increasingly seek Linux IT professionals, with 38.3
percent of respondents citing a lack of Linux talent as one of their
main concerns related to the platform.

• Users participate in Linux development in three primary ways:
testing and submitting bugs (37.5 percent), working with vendors (30.7
percent) and participating in The Linux Foundation activities (26.0

To download the full report, please visit:

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