Linux Beats Windows To Become The Most Popular Development Platform: Stack Overflow Survey 2018


Every year, Stack Overflow conducts its developer survey and shares its results with the public for analysis. Expanding its reach, this year over 100,000 developers took part in the 30-minute survey and told how they learn new technologies, which tools they use to get their work done, and what they look for while hunting some job.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing the different findings of the survey with you and telling you how it compares to the past years’ trends. Today, I’ll be telling you about the platforms that were most commonly used by the developers over the past year.

The most popular development platform

If you look at this year’s data, you’ll notice that 48.3% developers responded with Linux as the platform they have done development work for this year. It was followed by Windows Desktop and Server with 35.4%.

The platforms that follow these top two are Android, AWS, macOS, Raspberry Pi, WordPress, and iOS.

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Source: Stack Overflow

Please note that you shouldn’t confuse the most popular coding platform with the operating systems preferred by developers. In that case, Windows still leads that tally with about 50% share. Rest 50% is divided uniformly between Linux and macOS. In case you’re planning to install Linux on your main machine for development work, you can read some top coding distro recommendations.

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Linux also topped the list of the most loved platforms to work for, followed by serverless infrastructure and AWS.

stack overflow dev survey most loved platform

Another interesting data that came up was related to their work setup. To get their work done, about 70% developers use two or more monitors on their main workstation. Moreover, about 3% devs use 4 or more monitor setup.

Find the complete results of the survey here.

So, what’s your preferred platform? Do share your views with us and keep reading Fossbytes.

Also Read: Top 10 Best Linux Distros For 2018 — Ultimate Distro Choosing Guide
Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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