Eclipse study shows more gains but some problems

Eclipse study shows more gains but some problems

Summary: In 2007 20% of developers used Linux on their developer desktops, against 74% using Windows. Now Linux is up to 33%, Windows is down to 58%. Windows is falling more quickly than Linux is rising.

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The annual Eclipse survey of open source developers is out, and it says the trends toward open source, away from Microsoft, are holding firm.

(The illustration is from the Eclipse report, and explained below.)

As CNET's Dave Rosenberg notes, Ubuntu and the Apache Tomcat application server are among the big winners, but what's most impressive is to look at how the trends have changed the market environment over time.

Linux.Com is over the moon over the results, with Jennifer Cloer writing it supports other findings of Linux' growing popularity among developers, especially young developers.

In 2007 20% of developers used Linux on their developer desktops, against 74% using Windows. Now Linux is up to 33%, Windows is down to 58%. Windows is falling more quickly than Linux is rising.

While the survey was written in English, about 40% of respondents were from either Germany or France, Eclipse said. Half the respondents were line programmers,

One-fourth don't use a formal process methodology. Most use Subversion for source code management, and half use the Ant build management tool. Server-centric and rich Internet applications now represent over half the work, and mySQL is the most popular database, although even among this group one-in-five use Oracle.

The most disquieting finding, highlighted in the graph close-up above, is that there has been a halt in the momentum toward contributing code back to the community. The percentage of developers contributing back is down, and the percentage who don't interact with the broader community is up.

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  • Contributing back

    My guess is that as more and more people start using open source based development software stacks, the percentage contributing back will fall. Early adopters are enthusiastic and are more devoted to the cause. Many times the custom code that a programmer develops may designed specifically for their scenario. It takes time to document and deliver code that is consumable for the broader community. It's no surprise that the use of Windows as a desktop operating system is falling in popularity with this group. Linux has become a more viable option, and someone who believes in developing using a open source software stack is more likely to choose an open source desktop OS to work on.
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  • what are the absolute numbers?

    What is the growth in absolute terms? If the number of respondents has risen, a decrease in the % of people contributing back may still equal an increase in real terms.

    Example:
    1000 people and 40% contribute = 400 contributors
    2000 people and 25% contribute = 500 contributors

    As a project gains popularity these %s will naturally shift in this direction.

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  • RE: Eclipse study shows more gains but some problems

    The ones that start using the software stack are the makers of the software. As more people start using it, a higher percentage of non-contributors will grow, it stands to reasons. However, just because percentages are down, doesn't mean total number aren't up. I'd still much rather have 10% of 1000 than 20% of 200 contributing to an open source app.
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  • RE: Eclipse study shows more gains but some problems

    Hi Dana: I had a few ideas that I posted here: http://stephesblog.blogs.com/my_weblog/2010/06/eclipse-2010-survey-notes-contribution-in-open-source-software-projects-declines.html

    I think the demographics is telling. The number of students tracks the move in the chart. Also there's a rise in Financial Services participants.
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    Just glad to see Linux is still so popular and that windows haven't taken over everything yet.
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