Must-Know Linux Statistics [Recent Analysis]

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In the following blog post, we will explore a comprehensive collection of statistics showcasing the widespread dominance of Linux in various technological domains. From servers to supercomputers, smartphones to developers’ choice of operating systems, Linux continues to solidify its position as a versatile and reliable platform in the digital landscape. Let’s dive into the numbers that paint a compelling picture of Linux’s impact on the tech industry.

Statistic 1

"As of June 2021, 92.4% of the world’s top 1 million servers run on Linux."

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Statistic 2

"In 2021, over 80% of smartphones worldwide run on Linux-based operating systems, mainly due to Android."

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Statistic 3

"More than 96.3% of the world’s top 1 million websites are powered by Unix-like operating systems, with Linux being the most popular."

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Statistic 4

"As per NetMarketShare, Linux holds a desktop OS market share of 1.24% as of June 2021 at the global level."

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Statistic 5

"Approximately 500 of the fastest 500 supercomputers run on Linux as per a report published in June 2021."

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"Researchers states that Linux kernel since 2005 has been growing at a rate of approximately 10% per year."

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"In 2020, Stack Overflow surveyed and found that over 55% of professional developers use Linux as their primary operating system."

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"According to a report in eWeek, Linux was found in 2018 to be used by 100% of the world’s supercomputers."

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Statistic 9

"As of Q2 2021, Linux accounts for 69.2% of the global device operating system market share."

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Statistic 10

"More than half million lines of code are added to the Linux kernel every year as of 2020."

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Statistic 11

"Linux is used by 1.3% of desktop computers worldwide as of January 2021."

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Statistic 12

"As of 2020, approximately 78% of businesses worldwide reported that they are using some form of open source software, most notably Linux."

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The statistics presented clearly demonstrate the widespread and varied use of Linux in the technological landscape. From dominating server infrastructure to powering smartphones, supercomputers, and websites, Linux has established itself as a versatile and reliable operating system. Its growth trajectory, as evident from the increasing lines of code being added to the kernel annually, underscores its continued relevance and adaptability. The high adoption rates among professional developers and businesses further attest to Linux's enduring appeal and impact on the global market.

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