Survey: Linux Draws Windows Developers
More Linux developers are coming from Windows backgrounds than from Unix, according to a recent study.More Linux developers are coming from Windows backgrounds than from Unix, according to a recent study. Evans Data Corp., of Santa Cruz, Calif., said the results of a recent survey the company conducted show that more than half of the new Linux developers surveyed said they used to be primarily Windows developersto the tune of 52 percent, while only 30 percent said they came from a Unix background. According to Evans Data, the 400 developers surveyed said Linux had three main characteristics that drew them to the platform: stability, its open-source nature and low cost compared to proprietary offerings.
However, according to the survey, the developers also said that Linux development tools need work. More than 60 percent said they viewed compilers as having "critical" importance, but many said the available compliers were only satisfactory or barely so. According to the survey, 25 percent of the respondents labeled the current crop of compilers as either "adequate" or "needs work."