United States Leads in Linux Use
by Mark Rais, senior editor reallylinux.com
In the past State of Linux articles, I
began to explore the areas where Linux use was growing rapidly. Most
interesting were the many facets of Linux and overall OSS growth in
Asia. In my article on Linux in India I reported that OSS would soon
become the key factor in how 500 million children are educated.
Moreover, I saw similar positive growth
trends in Malaysia and in much of the Asia-Pacific region.
It is impossible to miss the substantial way that the
United States retains the firmest and most substantial growth of
Linux in the enterprise.
Major corporations in the US are using
Linux as foundational infrastructure, including:
But perhaps even more importantly,
across both government and corporate institutions, Linux is no longer
referred to as a secondary ingredient or a bleeding edge technology.
Instead, today in most of the enterprise server rooms you will find
Linux servers playing contently along side a diverse set of others
including SUN Solaris, HP UX, and Microsoft Windows servers.
The United States also retains its
number one status as having the most new distributions, that can be
seen on the Distrowatch
You can also find a very good synopsis
of the trends for Linux worldwide growth in this
(pdf file) thorough IDC report. Note that the US and Canada remain
very vital players in this realm.
This can be attributed to the continued
innovation and entrepreneurial spirit found in the United States.
In a more thorough examination of Linux
website readership logs, it is noted that although the sheer number
of countries now using Linux has grown exponentially from 1994, today
the United States retains the number one spot for totals, with most
referring urls based in either .com and .edu. You can find many of
these stats from Linux.org and Alexa websites. Note that the next
major Linux readership nation is India.
It is also important to note that many
of the most heavily read Linux websites are based in the US,
including Linux.org, Linux.com, Linux Journal, Linux Today, and Lxer.
Respectively, these websites are currently ranked by Alexa at:
15,437th, 11,593rd, 23,506th,
70,413th, and 104,505th. For full disclosure I
note that reallylinux.com is ranked as 131,480.
Bear in mind that the growth of Linux
use in places like India and Brazil is very noteworthy. But the sheer
number of Linux users in the US remains exceedingly high and
demonstrates the unique factor that America plays in terms of driving
the software and computing industries.
Overall, the United States remains
number one in total Linux enterprise server implementations. This is
an important factor when evaluating future Linux development,
progress, and growth. No matter how you wish to view it, the US will
remain a key driving force behind Linux advancement.
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