"A prediction in 2009 that Ubuntu usage was going to grow in the
face of Red Hat's Linux operating system dominance could easily
have been laughed off. Yet that's exactly what Ubuntu has been able
to pull off, thanks in part to developers and growing adoption of
"Developers are ahead of the Ubuntu usage curve Like many, I was
quite surprised by results from the 2009 Eclipse User Survey that
found strong adoption of Ubuntu on developer desktops and
production servers alike.
"Survey respondents selected Ubuntu on their developer desktops
more than three times as often as RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux)
and Fedora combined. While surprising, this result could be
explained by the fact that Ubuntu is free and positioned as a
user-friendly desktop alternative to Windows. On the other hand,
RHEL is a for-a-fee product targeted primarily at deployment
servers, not desktops.