Most popular operating systems among developers

For the first time, more developers are using Mac rather than Linux as their primary operating system.

By - March 24, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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Stack Overflow recently published the results of its annual survey, which found that for the first time more developers are using Mac rather than Linux as their primary operating system.

Stack Overflow said its survey sample was 50,000 developers from 173 countries.

It said the survey is the largest and most-comprehensive of its kind.

Mac more popular than Linux

Stack Overflow said that in 2015, Mac edged ahead of the various flavours of Linux as the number 2 operating system among developers.

It went on to predict that if OS adoption rates hold steady, fewer than 50% of developers would use Windows.

With regards to Linux, Stack Overflow found that Ubuntu was the favoured distribution, with 12.3% of the OS market for developers. Fedora, Mint, and Debian accounted for 1.4%, 1.7%, and 1.9%, respectively.

The graph below summarises the standings of OS X, Linux, and the most popular versions of Windows among developers.

StackOverflow 2016 - top OSes

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