Shuttleworth: Ubuntu rockets adult during enterprises

If information presented in a in a blog post by Ubuntu plan owner and “benevolent dictator” Mark Shuttleworth is any indication, afterwards Canonical’s Ubuntu several of a Debian aria of Linux is waxing on open web services while Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is waning.

“A conspicuous thing happened this year: companies started adopting Ubuntu over RHEL for large-scale craving workloads, in droves,” Shuttleworth declared.

The Ubuntu plan personality corroborated adult this explain with information collected by Austrian marketplace researcher W3Techs, that polls a tip 1 million Web sites in a world, formed on their rankings with Amazon’s Alexa service, and cases a several program technologies powering those sites.

In his blog, he singled out Ubuntu contra RHEL and usually for a subset of a information for sites regulating Linux on some aspect of their open web sites. Many Web sites have mixed handling systems using opposite their web infrastructure, so a percentages supplement adult to some-more than 100 per cent. Here’s a trend lines for Ubuntu and RHEL over a past year. And yes, it was stupid to have RHEL in black and Ubuntu in red, though there we have it:

Ubuntu on a rise, RHEL slipping a bit (click to enlarge)

“The trend is even starker if we demeanour during what we know of new-style services, like clouds and large data, though given many of that happens behind a firewall it’s all anecdata [sic], while web services are a open affair,” Shuttleworth continued.

But don’t get a wrong idea. The web is not only about Ubuntu contra RHEL. Hardly, in fact.

W3Techs shakes out redirects like now jumping to So a series of sites in a information is indeed a tiny reduce than 1 million. And opposite those sites, Ubuntu distributions were in use on a tiny some-more than 4 per cent of a sites pestered by W3Techs’ spiders in Mar 2011, and this has expansion flattering linearly to only a hair over 6 per cent of sites by this week.

That’s considerable growth, of around 50 per cent, and zero to be laughed during in any way. But if we poke around a W3Techs site, we will see that Unix is in use on 63.6 per cent of a sites polled on Mar 14 by a company, with Linux of any season being used by 32.8 per cent.

Most of a Linuxes in use on open web sites are not an Ubuntu distro, and if we look around some more, you’ll see that Windows in one form or another is identified underpinning during slightest some of a functionality of 36.4 per cent of those scarcely 1 million web sites polled by W3Techs.

None of this W3Techs information adjusts for a series of machines that are in use with any sold handling complement – one Windows appurtenance or one Ubuntu appurtenance depends as many as 10,000. This is a flattering critical reduction of a data, obviously. But as Donald Rumsfeld once famously quipped, we go to marketplace with a information we have. (Er, shurely we meant “You got to fight with a army we have, not a army we competence wish or wish to have during a after time.”)

The dicers and slicers during W3Techs drilled down into Linux use on open web sites behind in January, and as it turns out, a Debian several of Linux, that W3Techs depends clearly from Ubuntu, only as it depends CentOS as graphic from RHEL and Fedora, was a many renouned Linux after a neck-and-neck competition via 2010 and 2011 with CentOS.

Red Hat, Fedora, SUSE Linux, and Gentoo are all on a decline, with a latter 3 carrying comparatively tiny slices that supplement adult to 10 per cent of Linux installs on open web servers today. Debian and CentOS are hovering around 30 per cent any of a Linux bottom on open web servers, and Ubuntu was around 18 per cent of all Linuxes and flourishing fast. This link will give we a bar draft of Linux distributions for a stream image of information though a trends.

The indicate is, out there on a web, Ubuntu has a prolonged ways to go to locate Debian or CentOS, and even serve to locate Windows or Unix in this data, that depends existence not units.

Shuttleworth expects a Ubuntu trend to continue, and in partial interjection to a Apr launch of a “Precise Pangolin” release, to be famous as Ubuntu Server 12.04 Long Term Support and a destiny “Essex” recover of a OpenStack cloud fabric controller.

“OpenStack’s Essex recover is lined adult to be a ideal fit for 12.04 LTS,” pronounced Shuttleworth. “That is not a coincidence, it’s a value to that both projects are committed.”

Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS, a final long-term support release, positively put a Eucalyptus cloud controller, that emulates Amazon’s EC2 discriminate cloud, on a map, with over 12,000 clouds adult and being tested by launch day in Apr 2010.

To be sure, many of those Ubuntu-Eucalyptus clouds were exam beds, though some were genuine and in production. And Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS, that will have OpenStack embedded in it, will really expected give a same strike to OpenStack clouds. And maybe a unrestrained for OpenStack will emanate a feedback loop, pumping adult Ubuntu as well. ®

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