Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, and analyst firm RedMonk have released findings of a survey of thousands of Ubuntu users that show usage patterns for the Ubuntu server product. The survey, completed by nearly 7,000 respondents, shows that Ubuntu is being used in most common workloads, such as Web, file, database and mail server, and is considered "mission-critical" by most respondents.
Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, and analyst firm RedMonk
have released findings of a survey sent to thousands of Ubuntu users that show
usage patterns for the Ubuntu server product.
In an interview with eWEEK about the results of the Ubuntu user survey,
Steve George, director of support and services for Canonical, said the survey,
completed by nearly 7,000 respondents, shows that Ubuntu is being used in
most common workloads, such as Web, file, database and mail server,
and is considered "mission-critical" by most respondents.
Indeed, the survey indicates not only that users are primarily using Ubuntu
for such common workloads, but also that the security, backup and firewall
areas are important workloads being run on Ubuntu, George said.
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The survey, which George said is Canonical's most "in-depth"
survey to date, also shows a correlation between these workloads and those that
users consider mission-critical. Moreover, to underpin these mission-critical
uses, respondents considered simple upgrades, package management, hardware
support, proven security and the life cycle of the product as vital to their
choice of platform, Canonical officials said. The survey went on to ask about
preferred technologies and asked users to share what applications they used on
Ubuntu and Linux in their businesses.
Looking to the future, the report asked about what virtualization
technologies users were employing and sought opinions about the readiness of
cloud computing for the enterprise and about Ubuntu as a platform for cloud
computing, George said. Users also strongly indicated their intent to add
Ubuntu servers to their data centers in the immediate and long term. In
addition, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Long Term Support)
was a clear favorite in terms of platform use.
"We don't keep a record of who downloads and uses our software, but we
do a few surveys each year" to get a sense of what users are doing and
what they are looking for, George said. "There is a wealth of
organizations using it for enterprise workloads. I think we have been
pleasantly surprised by the fact that Ubuntu is making good progress as a
George said all the information from the survey as well as input and
suggestions from users for tweaks, improvements, bug fixes and new features
will be taken into consideration and even discussed at the Ubuntu Development
Ubuntu on the server is primarily used in Europe and North
America, with more than 55 percent of respondents saying they were
in Europe and 28 percent in North America.