The most popular Linux server product ?
I was working on slides for a presentation I’ll be giving next month at UKUUG Spring conference in Manchester, and wanted to show the growth of Ubuntu Server usage, compared to other Linux enterprise-oriented server products.
Given that there is no registration or license in Ubuntu Server, we are obviously lacking hard numbers, so I used Google Trends to try to use “Google popularity” as a metric.
It’s quite easy to bend the results by exploiting the well-known “Ubuntu” search term popularity, so I used pure product names, i.e. “Ubuntu Server” searches rather than searches with “Ubuntu” and “server”. I tried to include any reasonable way of naming the two other Linux server enterprise distributions (usually considered as #1 and #2 in market studies), and here is the result:
I was pleasantly surprised by the result… If you think I missed a way to name the competitors, or otherwise made an unfair comparison, please let me know. Google popularity is clearly not a perfect metric, and does not accurately reflect enterprise adoption levels or market share, but that still tends to prove the “Ubuntu Server” product has quickly become a first-class citizen… and is still growing.
See for yourself here.