Over 25% Of Professional Developers Use Linux: Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2021

Over 80,000 developers participated in the survey of which 57,000 were working professionals.


Recently, we covered the JetBrains Developer Ecosystem survey. According to the survey, around 47% of developers said they use Linux, whereas over 61% voted for Windows. Here we are with another survey, but this time by Stack Overflow, over 80,000 developers were asked the same question.

For starters, Stack Overflow is one of the largest developer portals where people, irrespective of their experience, can ask programming-related questions or even answer others’ questions. In this year’s survey, developers were asked a variety of questions, but in this article, we’re going to have a brief look at the current state of Linux among the developers.

Over 41% Professional Developers use Windows While 25% Use Linux

No surprises here. Windows is still one of the most popular operating systems for software development, followed by macOS (30%). And yes, there’s WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) used by over 3% of developers. Bear in mind; these responses are from 57,814 working professionals.

The numbers and positions change when we consider all responses. Windows OS stays at the top (45%), but this time is followed by Linux (25.32%), macOS (25.19%), and WSL (3.29%). In the previous year’s survey, Linux was at 26.6%, but the survey was taken by fewer people (65,000).

What also caught our attention is the question “What do you do when you get stuck” to which most of the developers voted, you guessed it right, Google it, followed by visit Stack Overflow, Do other work and come back later, Watch tutorial videos, Call a coworker or friend, etc.

There’s so much to talk about the survey that you could keep reading, and this article would never end. However, if you want to know more, visit the survey website by clicking here.

Which part of the survey surprised you the most? Do let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below!

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar Mohammed

Abubakar is a Linux and Tech Writer. Hailing from a Computer Science background, the start of his love for Tech dates back to 2011, when he was gifted a Dell Inspiron 5100. When he's not covering Tech, you'll find him binge-watching anime and Tech content on YouTube or hunting heads in competitive FPS games. You can also find his work on Android Police and How-To Geek.
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