Linux Becomes Most Popular Development Platform

Last Edited: March 18, 2018 | Published: March 18, 2018 by

Linux Becomes Most Popular Development Platform

Each year, Stack Overflow conducts a survey of developers to learn more about them, what they do, how they see themselves, and discover what platforms are the most popular to use and code. With over 100,000 people surveyed, it looks as if Linux was a clear winner in the world of application and software development.

“Each year, we ask the developer community about everything from their favorite technologies to their job preferences. This year marks the eighth year we’ve published our Annual Developer Survey results—with the largest number of respondents yet. Over 100,000 developers took the 30-minute survey this past January.”


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For those of you that are curious, the survey was taken across the world, but if you look at the graph, most responders were located in United States, Europe and India, with a splash of developers from other countries across the world.

Linux Feels the Love

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This year, it seems that developers have truly fallen in love with Linux. In both the survey of the most loved platform and the most popular, Linux came out on top, with 76.5 percent and 48.3 percent respectively. Those aren’t bad results if you’re a Linux fan. Of course, while Linux may be the most popular, it’s still not the most used, with Windows still leading with 49.9 percent followed by macOS at 26.7 percent. Linux still comes in third with 23.3 percent. But, developers still seem to like it a lot more than they do Windows or macOS.

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Still, these results show that Linux is a strong contender across the board as one of the most favored platforms for development. But, one should also note, that these developers code in a variety of languages, including many web-based scripting languages. With the dominance of Linux in the web server market, it makes sense that it would be a popular choice among the developers. But, in order to reach these heights, it would have to recognized by coders outside the web world, as well.

Most Popular Languages

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Speaking of most popular languages, JavaScript continues to dominate the survey, much as it has in years passed. Almost 70 percent of the responses including JavaScript, followed by 68.5 percent using HTML and 65.1 percent making use of CSS. As you can see, the top three languages are highly web centric, so it makes sense that Linux would dominate the platform space.

Final Thoughts

There is a lot we can learn from this survey, and while it’s hard to tell exactly how representative it is of the world today, you cannot deny the results. Linux is here to stay and continues to prove itself day in and day out in both the world of the web as well as business in general. Will Linux be able to leverage this popularity? Perhaps. But given the open source nature of the projects, it won’t be easy.

What do you think about this new of Linux’s popularity? What system do you use to write your code? Let me know your thoughts and tell me what platform you prefer to use when you’re writing code in the comments below.

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Matt Garrett

Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing for LaptopNinja where he enjoys talking about everything tech.

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