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Results of the 2014 /r/Linux Distribution Survey

Introduction

About two years ago, after seeing a failed comment survey on /r/Linux I decided to create a “real” survey using Google Docs to find out what Linux distributions (distros) the folks at /r/Linux were using. These past two years, the results of those surveys were very well received so I wanted to keep doing it. You can still view the 2012 survey or the 2013 survey.

Some of you may have noticed I’m hosting the results on a different domain this year. The idea behind this is I wanted to get this kind of personal stuff off of my friend’s website and on to my own. I plan on migrating the old surveys if it looks like access to the old site will disappear, but for now I see no reason to break any links to the old post(s) since that site isn’t going anywhere.

As always, I’d like to prefix this by saying I’m no statistician. My stats knowledge is limited to a college class I took four years ago and can barely remember. If you feel like I’m representing anything incorrectly or have any kind of constructive feedback I’d appreciate a reddit PM about it or a comment on this page’s reddit thread.

Methods

Before we get down to business, I’d like to make the usual disclaimer about online polls (courtesy of Slashdot):

This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you’re using these numbers to do anything important, you’re insane.

The data was pulled from Google Docs and contained 10,292 responses (up from 7,698 last year, and 4,932 the year before that). This is probably a mix of /r/Linux’s growth in active users and the /r/Linux moderators stickying my survey post (thanks guys, you’re awesome!). The biggest thanks of course goes to each of you who responded to the survey—thank you!

In the categories where manual entry was allowed, I had to do a lot of cleanup to merge similar entries. I couldn’t come up with an automated way to do this (and it really doesn’t take that long by hand). Sorry if there are any errors in the category names!

The spreadsheets were crunched with a combination of Excel (sorry guys), sed, tr, awk, and Notepad++. This year I used pygal to generate the graphs in SVG format. I had to use my own python wrapper script to handle importing CSV data into pygal (that was a little painful). The SVGs are embedded directly into this page this year instead of using PNGs. It’s 2014—I hope you’re using an SVG-capable user-agent by now! My apologies if you’re stuck on IE < 9 at work (I am truly sorry). You can download all of my scripts and raw data if you like.

Results

The results are broken up by question. Many of the graphs consist of a “Top X” of the responses plus an “other” category, which includes every response that did not make the graph. You can hover over elements in the graphs to reveal numbers (if you have JavaScript enabled). Below each graph is a table of the responses.

Do you use Linux on any non-server computers?

Do you use Linux on any non-server computers?0.01000.02000.03000.04000.05000.06000.07000.08000.09000.09896192.34615384615387267.0383474.4538461538462513.7946450780424Do you use Linux on any non-server computers?9896383YesNo
Do you use Linux on any non-server computers? Responses Responses (%)
Yes 9896 96%
No 383 4%
Grand Total 10279 100%

This question is simple, and in the survey was used to allow people who do not use Desktop Linux to skip questions pertaining only to Desktop Linux. Note that when I say Desktop Linux, I really just mean “non-server Linux”. I will use the two terms interchangeably. The idea of a server is intentionally vague in the survey. My rationale for this is if someone says they are running a server, that’s what it is for our purposes.

The proportion of people using desktops to those not using desktops is more or less the same as last year. We use this metric to filter our server questions later to see if desktop users have different preferences than people who don’t use Linux on desktop.

Do you run Linux on any of your server computers?

Do you run Linux on any of your server computers?0.01000.02000.03000.04000.05000.05940192.34615384615387267.04339474.4538461538462336.19628982128984Do you run Linux on any of your server computers?59404339YesNo
Do you run Linux on any of your server computers? Responses Responses (%)
Yes 5940 58%
No 4339 42%

This is one of the questions we will use to compare the results among groups. The goal is to see if server users have different preferences than people who don’t use servers. I’m not saying one is better than the other, it’s just that I find the difference interesting! I’d hypothesize that server users are more likely to use “hard” distros like Gentoo, Arch Linux, or others like them, whereas people without servers will tend towards distros that aim for less manual configuration and/or to be easier to use (Mint, Ubuntu, etc.).

Do you run Linux primarily for fun or profit?

Do you run Linux primarily for fun or profit?FunProfit(blank)0.01000.02000.03000.04000.05000.06000.07000.08000.09000.010000.011000.07749.0103.60483413557373331.34949832775922031.0288.6134665205268450.872909698996640473.62209890547985493.32692307692313820.0103.6048341355737389.522575250836071568.0288.6134665205268375.6429765886287317.0473.62209890547985486.7006688963211Do you run Linux primarily for fun or profit?7749.02031.03820.01568.0317.0On DesktopsOn Servers
Option On Desktops On Desktops (%) On Servers On Servers (%)
Fun 7749 79.23% 3820 66.96%
Profit 2031 20.77% 1568 27.48%
(blank) 0 0.00% 317 5.56%
Grand Total 9780 100.00% 5705 100.00%

The vast majority of /r/Linux users are running Linux for fun. The only interesting bit here is that on servers, proportionally more people are running Linux for profit. I feel like this is expected, as Desktop Linux (whether we like it or not) is usually considered to be a hobbyist Operating System. Personally, I thought more people might have been running servers for profit, but this is just one of several metrics based around fun vs profit that were not what I expected.

This question was a new addition for our 2014 survey. I caught a little heat due to its poor wording (which will be different next year) but overall I think it is a very interesting stat to compare with some of our other sets of data later.

What Linux distro do you primarily use on your non-server computers?

What Linux distro do you primarily use on your non-server computers?Arch LinuxUbuntuDebianLinux MintFedoraelementary OSXubuntuCrunchbangGentooOpenSUSEKubuntuOther0.0200.0400.0600.0800.01000.01200.01400.01600.01800.02000.02200.01514.031.73758122544569326.40287038542851114.074.626204503075365.84017726459587632.0117.51482778070431413.3621320539925388.0160.40345105833364437.41888925028456474.0203.29207433596292428.93986827126366230.0246.18069761359226452.9966254675557207.0289.0693208912216455.2642706131078147.0331.95794416885093461.1798666449829182.0374.8465674464802457.7291022930558133.0417.73519072410954462.5601723857538121.0460.6238140017389463.7432915921288505.0503.51243727936816425.88347698812817851.031.7375812254456993.22979346235167956.074.626204503075161.75211416490487314.0117.51482778070431320.09290128476175476.0160.40345105833364352.23430639128316222.0203.29207433596292360.31895430151246373.0246.18069761359226393.54488534721094174.0289.0693208912216417.700235810701163.0331.95794416885093430.6159538136282743.0374.8465674464802435.545617173524291.0417.73519072410954440.475280533420187.0460.6238140017389443.2358920149618454.0503.51243727936816331.3325337453245What Linux distro do you primarily use on your non-server computers?1514.01114.0632.0388.0474.0230.0207.0147.0182.0133.0121.0505.0851.0956.0314.0476.0222.0373.0174.0163.043.091.087.0454.0Server UsersDesktop Users
Distribution Server Users Desktop Users
Arch Linux 64% 36%
Ubuntu 54% 46%
Debian 67% 33%
Linux Mint 45% 55%
Fedora 68% 32%
elementary OS 38% 62%
Xubuntu 54% 46%
Crunchbang 47% 53%
Gentoo 81% 19%
OpenSUSE 59% 41%
Kubuntu 58% 42%
Other 53% 47%
Overall Average 57% 43%

In this graph, we get a numbers comparison of the top flavors of Desktop Linux among /r/Linux users, broken down by users who only run Desktops, and users who run Desktops and servers.

This seems like a big year for movement among distributions within the /r/Linux community. After two years of a strong Ubuntu lead, Arch Linux has taken the lead as the #1 distribution! Other than that, compared to last year:

  • Debian has displaced Linux Mint for position #3.
  • elementary OS has quickly gained a following, putting it into position 6.
  • Xubuntu has dropped to position 7, after elementary OS.
  • Crunchbang has risen above Kubuntu and Gentoo for position 8.
  • Kubuntu has dropped off of the top 10, taking position 11.

Using the table allows us to more easily compare the preferences of server users to desktop users. Looking at the overall average we see that 57% of /r/Linux users are using desktops and servers while 43% are using desktops only. In the desktop distribution results, any major deviation from that global average indicates a preference for that distribution by a certain user type. For example, 64% of Arch Linux users are also server users; this is 7% higher than the overall average and indicates that desktop Arch Linux users are more likely to have a server than the general /r/Linux population. On the reverse side, 62% of elementary OS users don’t have servers. This indicates that elementary OS users are more likely to not have a server than the general /r/Linux population. To visualize these differences, have a look at the chart below.

What Linux distro do you primarily use on your non-server computers?Arch LinuxUbuntuDebianLinux MintFedoraelementary OSXubuntuCrunchbangGentooOpenSUSEKubuntuOtherOverall Average0.010.020.030.040.050.060.070.080.090.0100.064.029.841114081445596322.403846153846254.069.10573787282138345.432692307692367.0108.37036166419716315.495192307692345.0147.63498545557295366.1586538461538768.0186.89960924694873313.1923076923077438.0226.1642330383245382.278846153846254.0265.4288568297003345.432692307692347.0304.69348062107605361.5528846153846481.0343.9581044124519283.2548076923077459.0383.2227282038276333.918269230769258.0422.4873519952035336.221153846153853.0461.75197578657924347.735576923076957.0501.01659957795505338.5240384615384536.029.84111408144559692.1153846153846146.069.10573787282138115.1442307692307733.0108.3703616641971685.2067307692307755.0147.63498545557295135.8701923076923232.0186.8996092469487382.9038461538461662.0226.1642330383245151.990384615384646.0265.4288568297003115.1442307692307753.0304.69348062107605131.2644230769230719.0343.958104412451952.9663461538461641.0383.2227282038276103.6298076923076842.0422.4873519952035105.9326923076922947.0461.75197578657924117.4471153846153943.0501.01659957795505108.2355769230769What Linux distro do you primarily use on your non-server computers?64.054.067.045.068.038.054.047.081.059.058.053.057.036.046.033.055.032.062.046.053.019.041.042.047.043.0Server UsersDesktop Users

If we go by the rule that a distro with a 5% or more preference by one group from the average of 57% server users and 43% desktop users, we can divide the top distros as such:

Desktop distributions that are strongly favored by users with servers

  1. Gentoo (81%)
  2. Fedora (68%)
  3. Debian (67%)
  4. Arch Linux (64%)

Desktop distributions that are strongly favored by users without servers

  1. elementary OS (62%)
  2. Linux Mint (55%)
  3. Crunchbang (53%)
  4. Other (47%)

Desktop distributions with no strong preference by users with or without servers

  1. Xubuntu (46%)
  2. Kubuntu (41%)
  3. OpenSUSE (41%)

In addition to comparing server usage, we can also look at how use of Desktop Linux for fun or profit affects the /r/Linux community’s choices.

What Linux distro do you primarily use on your non-server computers? (Fun vs Profit)Arch LinuxFedoraCrunchbangDebianelementary OSGentooLinux MintOpenSUSEUbuntuXubuntuKubuntuOtherGrand Total0.010.020.030.040.050.060.070.080.090.0100.084.0631.79689453133568249.700285740656770.9873.63491365151421276.9266015706121584.19115.47293277169271249.4296878004507575.79157.3109518918713266.9144777829909683.08199.14897101204983251.740177905286475.56240.98699013222836267.3932279848937783.22282.82500925240686251.4487647389107473.21324.66302837258536272.284806134771273.91366.5010474927639270.8277403028928372.7408.3390666129424273.3463826694253468.75450.177085733121281.568397006453278.0492.0151048532995262.314312799489378.29533.853123973478261.710671240568315.1431.7968945313356843.21324213732478427.8773.6349136515142171.1680908832193814.52115.4729327716927143.9625902794336422.94157.310951891871361.4057498096344415.92199.1489710120498345.66943882534826623.11240.9869901322283662.0093913685554715.51282.8250092524068645.94003676555425426.34324.6630283725853665.0692296155000624.69366.501047492763965.5896102697423426.51408.339066612942466.8385238399237129.33450.17708573312177.4126587341266420.54492.015104853299557.2010741233569620.56533.85312397347855.95216055317550.831.7968945313356810.0337716228377761.1573.6349136515142110.7623045387769031.29115.4729327716927111.0537177051525931.27157.310951891871311.0120872528132171.0199.1489710120498310.4500761462315671.33240.9869901322283611.1369786098313741.27282.8250092524068611.0120872528132170.45324.663028372585369.3052387068985921.4366.501047492763911.2826851930192330.79408.339066612942410.0129563966680171.92450.17708573312112.3650769538431291.46492.015104853299511.407576550037391.16533.85312397347810.741489312607229What Linux distro do you primarily use on your non-server computers? (Funvs Profit)Linux DistroPercentage of Responses84.0670.9884.1975.7983.0875.5683.2273.2173.9172.768.7578.078.2915.1427.8714.5222.9415.9223.1115.5126.3424.6926.5129.3320.5420.560.81.151.291.271.01.331.270.451.40.791.921.461.16FunProfit(blank)
Distribution Fun Profit (blank)
Arch Linux 84% 15% 1%
Fedora 71% 28% 1%
Crunchbang 84% 15% 1%
Debian 76% 23% 1%
elementary OS 83% 16% 1%
Gentoo 76% 23% 1%
Linux Mint 83% 16% 1%
OpenSUSE 73% 26% 0%
Ubuntu 74% 25% 1%
Xubuntu 73% 27% 1%
Other 78% 21% 1%
Kubuntu 69% 29% 2%
Overall Average 78% 21% 1%

To my surprise, there didn’t seem to be all that much variation amongst desktop distribution choice based on profit (nothing like what we will see later with servers). That said, we can see that the overwhelming majority of /r/Linux subscribers use Desktop Linux for fun (78%). Keeping to our 5% rule, we can divide the desktop distros of /r/Linux as such.

Desktop distributions that are strongly favored by users for fun

  1. Crunchbang (84% fun)
  2. Arch Linux (84% fun)

Desktop distributions that are strongly favored by users for profit

  1. Kubuntu (29% profit)
  2. Fedora (28% profit)
  3. Xubuntu (27% profit)
  4. OpenSUSE (26% profit)

Desktop distributions without a strong preference towards fun or profit

  1. Ubuntu (74% vs 25%)
  2. Gentoo (76% vs 23%
  3. Debian (76% vs 23%)
  4. elementary OS (83% vs 16%)

What other Linux Distros do you use on your non-server computers?

What other Linux Distros do you use on your non-server computers?0.0200.0400.0600.0800.01000.01200.01400.01600.01800.02000.02200.02400.02600.02800.0208470.15384615384615340.565098886050632003116.9230769230769347.684302004055551199163.69230769230768418.348984804993051090210.46153846153842427.92914702551815818257.23076923076917451.83560687857164655303.99999999999994466.16190451110003554350.76923076923066475.0389355594765508397.53846153846143479.08193979933117398444.3076923076922488.7499934163748393491.076923076923489.18945039896772921537.8461538461537267.00000000000006What other Linux Distros do you use on your non-server computers?20842003119910908186555545083983932921DebianUbuntuArch LinuxLinux MintFedoraXubuntuCentOSCrunchbangLubuntuBacktrackOther
Distribution Responses
Debian 2084
Ubuntu 2003
Arch Linux 1199
Linux Mint 1090
Fedora 818
Xubuntu 655
CentOS 554
Crunchbang 508
Lubuntu 398
Backtrack 393
Other 2921

What’s particularly notable here is that /r/Linux isn’t dominated by just a few distributions. We see that outside of the top 10 shown is where a plurality of desktop distros lie. Note: these results are ripped straight from the Google summary page. Because of this I can’t do that much analysis on them.

What hardware platform do you run your primary non-server distro on?

What hardware platform do you run your primary non-server distro on?0.01000.02000.03000.04000.0462667.48461538461538267.000000000000064525115.37692307692309272.60523296418245318163.26923076923077506.0826099970069249211.16153846153847509.911927566596964259.05384615384617520.178938441584413306.9461538461539523.0093036017167354.8384615384616523.34228773820224402.73076923076934523.50877980644522450.623076923077523.619774518607312498.5153846153847523.0648009577972What hardware platform do you run your primary non-server distro on?46264525318249641374212Laptop/TabletDesktop Comput.Desktop ComputerVirtual MachineWorkstationRaspberry PiRack ServerEmbeddedChromebookHTPCOther
Platform Responses
Laptop/Tablet 4626
Desktop Computer 4525
Virtual Machine 318
Workstation 249
Raspberry Pi 64
Rack Server 13
Embedded 7
Chromebook 4
HTPC 2
Other 12

It comes as no surprise that most people are running their primary desktop distributions on laptops and desktops. I find it interesting that “Desktop Linux” is more frequently being run on laptops! I remember the days where installing Linux on a laptop often required extreme patience (and blood sacrifice) just to get the wireless and graphics performance to be acceptable. I’d credit the kind kernel developers for their huge efforts in this area which has made this possible.

What other hardware platforms do you run your primary non-server distro on?

What other hardware platforms do you run your primary non-server distro on?0.0200.0400.0600.0800.01000.01200.01400.01600.01800.02000.02200.02400.02600.02800.03000.03200.0322473.47115384615384267.02696133.33653846153848309.04523764077111936193.2019230769231369.56489788127511321253.06730769230774418.538043996946617312.9326923076923474.5983608513075270372.79807692307696502.2303636190113217432.6634615384616506.45081360946745131492.5288461538462513.2990909524719What other hardware platforms do you run your primary non-server distro on?3224269619361321617270217131Laptop/TabletDesktop Comput.Desktop ComputerVirtual MachineRaspberry PiWorkstationRack ServerEmbeddedOther
Platform Responses
Laptop/Tablet 3224
Desktop Computer 2696
Virtual Machine 1936
Raspberry Pi 1321
Workstation 617
Rack Server 270
Embedded 217
Other 131

In asking what other platforms people are running desktop Linux on, we get a wider spread. Laptops still reign king, but surprisingly many people are running desktop Linux in virtual machines and on their Raspberry Pi. I find this fascinating, if you could explain in the comments how you are using Desktop Linux in a VM or on your Pi I know I’d be interested.

What Linux distro do you primarily use on your server computers?

What Linux distro do you primarily use on your server computers? (Desktop users vs Server Users)DebianUbuntuCentOSArch LinuxRed Hat Enterprise LinuxGentooFedoraAmazon LinuxOpenSUSESlackware0.0100.0200.0300.0400.0500.0600.0700.0800.0900.01000.01100.01200.01300.01400.01500.01600.01700.01800.01775.032.17929224024313222.043743009817351515.078.14970972630476250.71902572387228807.0124.12012721236637328.8040263452218549.0170.09054469842798357.2587299614763247.0216.06096218448963390.5661737293401129.0262.03137967055125403.5803404995650791.0308.00179715661284407.771343357773160.0353.97221464267443411.1903193736796458.0399.9426321287361411.4108984714801403.0445.91304961479767373.3610041009071782.032.1792922402431317.23605070212505680.078.1497097263047674.8071952280353460.0124.12012721236637233.182987448738712.0170.09054469842798295.386293028457810.0216.06096218448963362.221759661985867.0262.03137967055125388.58096184913636.0308.00179715661284397.073257114452640353.97221464267443404.572946439666960399.9426321287361405.014104635267818.0445.91304961479767326.9291040139183What Linux distro do you primarily use on your server computers? (Desktopusers vs Server Users)1775.01515.0807.0549.0247.0129.091.060.058.0403.082.080.060.012.010.07.06.018.0Desktop UsersServer Users
Server Distribution Desktop Users Server Users Grand Total
Debian 1775 82 1857
Ubuntu 1515 80 1595
CentOS 807 60 867
Arch Linux 549 12 561
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 247 10 257
Gentoo 129 7 136
Fedora 91 6 97
Amazon Linux 60 0 60
OpenSUSE 58 0 58
Slackware 50 3 53
Xubuntu 38 1 39
Rasbian 33 4 37
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 33 1 34
Linux Mint 30 4 34
Scientific Linux 32 0 32
Other 187 5 192
Grand Total 5634 275 5909

For this category, we compare users who use desktops and servers (“Desktop Users”) and people who use servers only (“Server Users”). Unfortunately, I feel like the sample size is much too small for us to make desktop vs server comparisons like in some of the other categories, so I’ll avoid that. The numbers are shown here anyways.

The top server distros of /r/Linux by a large margin remain Debian and Ubuntu. For the third year running, the server distro top seven is the same. Not all that surprising if you consider that server users tend to be more cautious in switching distros in order to keep uptime and stability high.

A more interesting way to look at what servers people are using is to compare it to whether they are doing it for fun or profit, as has been done below.

What Linux distro do you primarily use on your server computers? (Fun vs Profit)DebianUbuntuCentOSArch LinuxRed Hat Enterprise LinuxGentooFedoraAmazon LinuxOpenSUSESlackwareOtherOverall Average0.010.020.030.040.050.060.070.080.090.0100.060.1531.692654885635434294.6281833355126348.3474.52056689325089318.813553260058631.14117.34847890086633354.03695399690879.32160.1763909084818255.3704744910124610.51203.00430291609726396.284556159768663.97245.83221492371274286.805311776514761.86288.6601269313282291.1263219831863623.33331.48803893894365370.030835378000753.45374.31595094655904308.3489266457969556.6417.14386295417455301.898129417827558.7459.97177496179297.597597932514551.92502.7996869694054311.482171013667936.0831.69265488563543497.5614477013837747.474.52056689325089122.7502749725027566.09117.34847890086633154.9223462269157816.76160.176390908481858.6109196772630787.94203.00430291609726194.6715443840231533.09245.8322149237127488.0388422696192132.99288.660126931328296.8856498965488771.67331.48803893894365175.4829824709837341.38374.31595094655904114.1492120018767539.62417.14386295417455104.8518725050572336.41459.97177496179102.8244790905525244.31502.7996869694054114.4154353795393.7731.69265488563543415.9537430872298394.2674.5205668932508916.9572004338027682.77117.3484789008663313.9058709513664383.92160.176390908481816.2609239076092821.56203.0043029160972611.3869882242545372.94245.8322149237127414.2540092144631965.15288.660126931328218.779806634721215.0331.4880389389436518.472625814341715.17374.3159509465590418.820764077438413.77417.1438629541745515.9947005299470674.89459.9717749617918.2473598793967263.77502.799686969405415.953743087229782What Linux distro do you primarily use on your server computers? (Fun vsProfit)60.1548.3431.1479.3210.5163.9761.8623.3353.4556.658.751.9236.0847.466.0916.7687.9433.0932.9971.6741.3839.6236.4144.313.774.262.773.921.562.945.155.05.173.774.893.77FunProfit(blank)
Server Distro Fun Profit (blank)
Debian 60% 36% 4%
Ubuntu 48% 47% 4%
CentOS 31% 66% 3%
Arch Linux 79% 17% 4%
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 11% 88% 2%
Gentoo 64% 33% 3%
Fedora 62% 33% 5%
Amazon Linux 23% 72% 5%
OpenSUSE 53% 41% 5%
Slackware 57% 40% 4%
Other 59% 36% 5%
Overall Average 52% 44% 4%

Here, we get a nice visual representation of whether /r/Linux subscribers are using server Linux for fun or profit. Overall, it seems like fun is the winner (but only narrowly so). Much like our earlier desktop usage by those with and without servers, we can compare each distro in the top ten to see if its fun vs profit usage is very different from the overall average.

If we go by the rule that a distribution showing a more than 5% preference by one group (profit users vs fun users) than the overall average (52% for fun, 44% for profit) we can draw break down the top ten distributions as such:

Server distributions that are strongly favored by people using Linux for fun

  1. Arch Linux (79% fun)
  2. Gentoo (64% fun)
  3. Fedora (62% fun)
  4. Debian (60% fun)
  5. Slackware (57% fun)

Server distributions that are strongly favored by people using Linux for profit

  1. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (88% profit)
  2. Amazon Linux (72% profit)
  3. CentOS (66% profit)

Server distributions with no strong preference by those using Linux for fun or profit

  1. Ubuntu (48% vs 47%)
  2. OpenSUSE (53% vs 51%)
  3. Slackware (57% vs 40%)

This comparison overall seems to show that use of server distributions tends to be either heavily skewed towards fun or profit. Particularly, Arch Linux, RHEL, and Amazon Linux had huge biases towards their target audience. I was particularly surprised to see Debian ranked so highly on the scale towards fun, as I’ve personally always thought of Debian (and use it) as much more of an enterprise OS than Fedora or Slackware.

What Linux distros do you use on your other server computers?

What Linux distros do you use on your other server computers?0.0100.0200.0300.0400.0500.0600.0700.0800.0900.01000.0101665.30769230769232267.0953108.84615384615385282.91932919442763909152.3846153846154294.0375908540278357195.92307692307693433.5212371290127348239.46153846153848435.795427013931190283.0475.72009388249546114326.53846153846155494.924364021805113370.0769230769231495.1770517867959112413.61538461538464495.4297395517868482457.1538461538462503.01037250151427442500.69230769230774412.042777104785What Linux distros do you use on your other server computers?101695390935734819011411311282442DebianUbuntuCentOSArch LinuxRed Hat Enterp.Red Hat Enterprise LinuxFedoraAmazon LinuxGentooOpenSUSESUSE Linux Ent.SUSE Linux Enterprise ServerOther
Server Distribution Responses
Debian 1016
Ubuntu 953
CentOS 909
Arch Linux 357
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 348
Fedora 190
Amazon Linux 114
Gentoo 113
OpenSUSE 112
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 82
Other 442

This is another chart whose stats are ripped directly from the Google Drive summary. It is mostly a mirror of the primary distro stats. It seems like users of one of the top ten distros are very likely to use another too.

What hardware platform do you run your primary server distro on?

What hardware platform do you run your primary server distro on?0.0100.0200.0300.0400.0500.0600.0700.0800.0900.01000.01100.01200.01300.01400.01500.0158365.30769230769232267.000000000000061266108.84615384615385318.41102580300311105152.3846153846154344.5219884348122806195.92307692307693393.0137761796006337239.46153846153848469.0761455853054272283.0479.61783857330295188326.53846153846155493.240949511638157370.0769230769231514.486515379756213413.61538461538464521.62243063316984457.1538461538462523.082049662277145500.69230769230774516.4326740852325What hardware platform do you run your primary server distro on?1583126611058063372721885713445Rack ServerDesktop Comput.Desktop ComputerCloud Services.Cloud Services (AWS, Linode, etc.)Virtual MachineRaspberry PiWorkstationLaptop/TabletEmbeddedNASCubieboardOther
Platform Responses
Rack Server 1583
Desktop Computer 1266
Cloud Services (AWS, Linode, etc.) 1105
Virtual Machine 806
Raspberry Pi 337
Workstation 272
Laptop/Tablet 188
Embedded 57
NAS 13
Cubieboard 4
Other 45

It should be no surprise that the top hardware platform for servers is rack hardware. I was more surprised to see “Desktop Computer” making such a strong showing. I suppose one could attribute a lot of this to folk’s home servers, but I don’t doubt there are some towers sitting under desks in some workplaces. Cloud services made a strong showing (much more than I expected).

What is your favorite Linux GUI?

What is your favorite Linux GUI?0.0100.0200.0300.0400.0500.0600.0700.0800.0900.01000.01100.01200.01300.01400.01500.0156565.30769230769232267.01339108.84615384615385304.074219710002471201152.3846153846154326.712460063897771166195.92307692307693332.45404276234951034239.46153846153848354.10801179651025608283.0423.9912754976653567326.53846153846155430.7171295158516459370.0769230769231448.434013271074334413.61538461538464468.93966576554436322457.1538461538462470.90820840501351358500.69230769230774300.95736053084295What is your favorite Linux GUI?156513391201116610346085674593343221358GNOME 3.xKDE 4.xXFCEUnityCinnamoni3OpenboxPantheonAwesomeGNOME 2.x (or .GNOME 2.x (or fork/derivative)Other
Favorite GUIs Responses
GNOME 3.x 1565
KDE 4.x 1339
XFCE 1201
Unity 1166
Cinnamon 1034
i3 608
Openbox 567
Pantheon 459
Awesome 334
GNOME 2.x (or fork/derivative) 322
Other 1358

This year, GNOME 3 has unseated KDE 4.x for the favorite GUI of /r/Linux! My guess is that as the project has matured a little more, we’ve seen more people become fans. That said, the significant number of “other” responses indicate that these top ten are just a few of many.

What is your most hated Linux GUI?

What is your most hated Linux graphical environment?0.0200.0400.0600.0800.01000.01200.01400.01600.01800.02000.02200.02400.02600.02800.03000.03200.0335565.30769230769232267.01684108.84615384615385394.8679926630747898152.3846153846154455.0141579731744289195.92307692307693501.61595781267914236239.46153846153848505.671615269976219283.0506.9724865298636185326.53846153846155509.5742290496389168370.0769230769231510.8751003095266150413.61538461538464512.2524934082312105457.1538461538462515.6959761549925632500.69230769230774475.3689670984753What is your most hated Linux graphical environment?33551684898289236219185168150105632UnityGNOME 3.xKDE 4.xKDE 3.xEnlightenmentCinnamonGNOME 2.x (or .GNOME 2.x (or fork/derivative)CompizXFCELXDEOther
Most Hated GUIs Responses
Unity 3355
GNOME 3.x 1684
KDE 4.x 898
KDE 3.x 289
Enlightenment 236
Cinnamon 219
GNOME 2.x (or fork/derivative) 185
Compiz 168
XFCE 150
LXDE 105
Other 632

By an overwhelming margin, Unity remains the most hated Linux GUI among /r/Linux users. In fact, this year’s margin is much larger than previous years'! It seems not only does hate for Unity amony /r/Linux remain strong, it is in fact growing over time. chuckles

Closing Statements

Another year, another survey. /r/Linux remains a very diverse Linux community—covering everyone from newbs to greybeards. I appreciate you guys' patience in waiting for me to get these results together, and I hope I haven’t fallen short this year. Feel free to PM me on reddit if you have any questions or suggestions. I’d be especially interested to hear of better ways to represent this data as well as ideas for questions in future polls.

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