W3Techs Logo
provided by
Q-Success
Home Technologies Reports Sites Quality Users Blog Forum FAQ Search

Featured products and servicesadvertise here

Blog Categories

All

News
24/7 Real Media
51.la
AddThis
AddToAny
AdFox
Adobe Analytics
Adobe DTM
Adobe Experience Manager
Adobe TagManager
AdRiver
AdRoll
Adtech
Advertising Networks
Adzerk
Akamai
Alibaba
Amazon
Amazon CloudFront
AngularJS
Apache
Apache Traffic Server
Apostrophe
ASP.NET
ASP.NET Ajax
AT Internet
AudienceScience
Backbone
Baidu Analytics
Baidu Promote
Baidu Share
Bitrix
Blogger
BlueKai
Bootstrap
BuySellAds
CDNJS
CentOS
Character Encodings
Chartbeat
China Telecom
China Unicom
Chitika
CJ Affiliate
Client-side Languages
CloudFlare
CNZZ
ColdFusion
Comodo
Compression
Concrete5
Content Delivery
Content Languages
Content Management
Cookies
CPM Star
CrazyEgg
CSS
DataLife Engine
Dealer.com
Debian
Delicious
Digg
DigiCert
Discourse
Discuz!
Dojo
DotNetNuke
DoubleClick
Drupal
Effective Measure
Ektron
Ensighten
EPiServer CMS
Erlang
ETag
ExoClick
Ext JS
EZ Publish
Facebook
Fastly
Fedora
Flash
Frameset
Full Circle Studies
Gemius
Gentoo
GeoTrust
Ghost
GIF
GitHub Pages
GlobalSign
GoDaddy
GoDaddy Group
Gomez
Google
Google +1
Google Ads
Google AdSense
Google Analytics
Google Hosted Libraries
Google Servers
Google Tag Manager
GoSquared
GSAP
GumGum
Gunicorn
Hetzner
Histats
HitTail
Host Europe
HTML
HTML5
HTTP/2
HubSpot
IBM Servers
IdenTrust
Image File Formats
Infolinks
InterRed
IPS Community Suite
IPv6
Java
JavaScript
JavaScript Libraries
Jetty
Joomla
JQuery
JQuery CDN
JsDelivr
KISSmetrics
Kliqqi
Knockout
Let’s Encrypt
Liferay
Linezing
LinkedIn
Linux
LiteSpeed
LiveInternet
Locaweb
LocomotiveCMS
Lotame
Magento
Markup Languages
Media.net
MediaWiki
Microsoft Advertising
Microsoft-IIS
Mixpanel
Modernizr
MoinMoin
MooTools
Mouseflow
Movable Type
MySpace
NationBuilder
New Relic
Nginx
Nielsen NetRatings
Node.js
NodeBB
NQcontent
Odoo
Openstat
Operating Systems
Oracle Servers
OsCommerce
Parse.ly
Perl
Persistent Cookies
PHP
PHP Link Directory
Pinterest
Piwik
Plone
PNG
PopAds
PrestaShop
Progress Sitefinity
Prototype
Python
Quantcast
React
Red Hat
Reverse Proxies
Revolver Maps
Ruby
Scientific Linux
Script.aculo.us
Server Locations
Server-side Languages
SharePoint
ShareThis
ShinyStat
Shopify
Signal
Silverlight
Site Elements
Skimlinks
Smart AdServer
Snoobi
Social Widgets
SPDY
SPIP
Squarespace
SSL Certificate Authorities
Starfield
StatCounter
StumbleUpon
SuSE
SVG
SwissSign
Symantec Group
Tag Managers
Tealium
Tengine
Tomcat
Top Level Domains
Tornado
Trac
Tradedoubler
Traffic Analysis Tools
Twitter
TYPO3
Ubuntu
UCoz
Underscore
Unix
UpToLike
Urchin
UTF-8
VBulletin
Verizon
VigLink
VKontakte
Vue.js
Web Hosting
Web Servers
WEBrick
Webs
Webtrends
Weebly
WhatsApp
Whos.amung.us
Windows
Wix
WordPress
WordPress Jetpack
XenForo
XHTML
XpressEngine
Yahoo Advertising
Yahoo Tag Manager
Yandex.Direct
Yandex.Metrika
Yieldbird
YUI Library
Zanox
Zedo
ZMS
Zope

Ubuntu became the most popular Linux distribution for web servers

Posted by Matthias Gelbmann on 2 May 2016 in News, Linux, Operating Systems, Ubuntu, Unix

Summary:

Ubuntu has a Linux distribution market share of 32.1% on web servers, just ahead of Debian, which was market leader since 2011.

The Ubuntu/Debian clan (Ubuntu is, in its core, Debian-based) have now a clear lead over Red Hat/CentOS. All the other Linux distributions play only a very minor role in the web server market.

Taking into account the other operating systems such as Windows and other Unix-variants, the 32.1% Linux market share for Ubuntu translate into a 11.6% share among all web servers.

When we started our surveys in 2009, Ubuntu ranked only fifth among the Linux distributions, behind Debian, CentOS, Red Hat and Fedora. It gained steadily from 2.4% to 11.6% today. At the current growth rate, every 2.2 minutes one of the top 10 million websites starts using Ubuntu.

Three is a significant amount of fluctuation between web operating systems. Web masters change from one Linux distribution to another frequently. When we look at the changes in the last three months, we see that Ubuntu is also losing sites to other distributions, but overall it is evenly gaining from all its competitors, from Debian just as much as from CentOS and Red Hat.

When we drill down into the statistics based on the website's Alexa ranks, we notice that Ubuntu has an even higher share among top 1,000 and top 10,000 sites. Red Hat/CentOS are doing better among high-traffic sites, but they are still behind Ubuntu/Debian.

There is a strong correlation between web server technologies and operating systems. For example, an impressive 80.1% of Node.js sites run Ubuntu. Furthermore 51.3% of Lighttpd sites and 32.8% of Nginx sites. On the other hand, only 8.1% of sites that use Tomcat run Ubuntu, and - obviously - no sites that run Microsoft-IIS.

Web hosting providers also have very different preferences when it comes to operating systems. 76.9% of websites hosted by DigitalOcean run Ubuntu, and so are 59.5% of Linode sites and 49.1% of sites hosted by Amazon. At the other end of the spectrum is the GoDaddy Group, with only 1.6% of their servers running Ubuntu.

Similarly, there are big regional differences when it comes to web operating system preferences. Ubuntu is strongest in Europe with 30.3% of Latvian sites using Ubuntu, 26.1% of Norwegian and 25.7% of Hungarian sites. Asia is less Ubuntu-friendly with only 3.3% of Chinese and 2.6% of Japanese sites.

Much more details on operating system usage on web servers can be found in our market report.

_________________
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.

Share this page





This entry is closed for comments.

Our Book Recommendation
About Us Disclaimer Terms of Use Privacy Policy Advertising Feedback
W3Techs on   Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Facebook
Copyright © 2009-2017 Q-Success