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Programming: Windows and Linux Lose Developers to Mac OS

By Dick Weisinger

A recent survey by Stack Overflow found that Mac OS is now the top desktop for software developers, although slightly more than half of all developers still use some version of Windows.

Both GNU/Linux and Windows have been slowly losing ground among developers.  The Linux desktop hasn’t changed much in years and remains a clunky alternative.  Windows 10 has made progress, but increasingly developers are choosing to use Macs.  The number of developers using a Windows platform for development is expected to drop below 50 percent over the next year.

Mac OS X  – 26.2 percent
Windows 7 – 22.5 percent
Linux – 21.7 percent
Windows 10 – 20.8 percent
Windows 8 – 8.4 percent
Windows XP – .4 percent
Windows Vista – .1 percent

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2 comments on “Programming: Windows and Linux Lose Developers to Mac OS
  1. YY says:

    Surprising given the fact that for years now, Mac Hardware is behind. Actually given that, I would expect that the market share of Linux would grow the grow that macOS did.

  2. Panther MPC says:

    I’m not surprised. Apple is doing a pretty good job overall keeping developers happy. Xcode, Apple’s own development suite is quite polished and the macOS App Store allows for easy distribution and licensing of Apps.

    Linux on the other hand is not quite as unified and there are literally hundreds of different distributions (Fedora, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Arch, …) and desktop environments (Gnome, KDE, Mate, Xfce, LXDE, …) to consider.

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