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Highlights of web technology surveys, July 2010: CentOS is now the most popular Linux distribution on web servers

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 1 July 2010 in News, CentOS, Linux, Operating Systems

Summary:

CentOS is a well known Linux distribution with a strong focus on server machines rather than on desktop PCs. For the first time, CentOS is now leading the Linux distribution statistics on web servers with almost 30% of all Linux servers.

Considering other statistics, CentOS does not seem to be the most popular Linux distribution. It ranks only #20 in the DistroWatch page hit statistics of the last month, and it is almost invisible in the Google trend chart compared to other popular distributions.

However, it has always been very popular in our survey of Linux distribution on web server where it is now a clear #1.

Let's have a closer look at some of the detailed statistics.

The technology change report shows, that CentOS is gaining primarily from Red Hat and Fedora, while it is loosing a bit to Ubuntu. Please note, that this report only contains changes between Linux distributions, and not, for instance, changes to and from Windows.

Our ranking break down report shows, that CentOS is a bit less popular amongst large sites compared to average sites.

The web server break down report shows that Sun servers technologies are particularly popular on CentOS machines whereas Nginx is rarely used.

The top level domain break down report indicates that CentOS's market share is higher than average in Japan, Spain and Romania, and lower in Germany, China and Brazil.

Whatever the reason for these subtle difference are, congratulations to the CentOS team for that achievement.

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Please note, that all trends and figures mentioned in that article are valid at the time of writing. Our surveys are updated frequently, and these trends and figures are likely to change over time.

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7 comments

CentOS 5.5 on 26 July 2010

Great news for the CentOS community!

Hamilton Vera on 28 July 2010

What a shame, unfortunately Slackware is not that popular

Leandro Mendes on 30 July 2010

Unfortunately, never was.

Anonymous user on 5 August 2010

Too bad it is total shite. Expect to see ubuntu taking over that, as well.

Ryo-ohki on 7 August 2010

Slackware is popular with those who want to learn about the Systems Administration of Linux.

Anthony M. Rasat on 28 August 2010

There is a most-likely explanation why CentOS being popular webserver OS. It works really well for CPanel, a (probably the most) popular web hosting management and Zimbra Collaboration Suite (a groupware) which its open source edition is capable handling (also probably the most) popular mobile messaging device like Blackberry.

johntaw on 12 April 2011

GREAT,

Have been using Centos for a long time. It's really perfect!!




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