[sf-lug] LINUX/FOSS distros in work environments (was: ps -A |grep timidity)

Blake Haggerty Blake.Haggerty at Sapphire.com
Wed Sep 26 09:02:53 PDT 2007

As a recruiter I see quite a bit of Linux related positions with fortune 500 companies. Typically they are looking for Red Hat. or sometimes SUSE (As a stock owner in Novel I like to see that). Most of the time in the job description managers just list that they are looking for Linux when I probe and ask do you have a preferred distro that the candidate should have experience with I usually get a smug answer like "as if we are actually running something other than Red Hat"  occasionally they aren't picky and are open to whatever. I would say that Red Hat  definitely rules  the fortune 500 world. 





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-----Original Message-----
From:Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu 
To: "sf-lug at linuxmafia.com" ;
Sent: Sep 25, 2007 11:02:45 PM
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] LINUX/FOSS distros in work environments (was: ps -A |grep timidity)

Guestimation off the top of my head (there are probably some better "hard" 
statistics to be found out there "somewhere"): 
Red Hat and SUSE still lead the "commercial" space, 
Red Hat more so in US, 
SUSE more so in EU 
... but with SUSE percentage going up, relative to Red Hat, in US in more 
recent years. 
Other distros, most notably FOSS (LINUX and others) are continuing to 
gain in workplace environments (in both both numbers and relative 
percentages) - most notably Debian, Ubuntu, and CentOS. 
I've also seen a bit more of BSD flavors in work environments in 
recent years. 

Also, the mix is different when comparing commercial work environments 
vs. other work environments (e.g. public sector, non-profits). E.g. 
at least some public sector (such as academia, government research) 
will often have much higher percentages of FOSS (e.g. Debian) over 
commercial (e.g. Red Hat) distributions. Such is also found at least 
a fair bit in rather budget constrained environments (e.g. non-profits). 

Anyway, those are best guesses off the top of my head; hopefully 
(>)>~=70% accurate. 

Quoting Rick Moen : 

> Quoting jim stockford (jim at well.com): 
> > at this point it seems things have changed from three 
> > years ago: debian seems more popular in commercial 
> > environments and ubuntu flavors are maybe the most 
> > popular choice generally, much more popular than 
> > three years ago. 
> FWIW, I am still seeing nothing but RHEL/rebuilds and SLES in 
> significant corporate settings. Debian/Ubuntu do have some 
> presence in some clusters amd lots of Web servers / fileservers / 
> nameservers, etc., especially those run by smalleQr businesses as 
> opposed to Fortune 500. 
> Disclaimer: There's a large amount of extrapolation and guessing, 
> and probably some carrying forward of outdated information, in the 
> above. It's a very difficult thing to have a well-rounded view of. 
> Also, I'm not even attempting to estimate what's the state of affairs 
> outside USA/Canada. 

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