SOURCE: OpenLogic

August 06, 2008 16:27 ET

Open Source Census Reveals Trends After More Than 275,000 Installations of Open Source Software Found to Date

Open Source Census Officials Present Status Update of The Census at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo

BROOMFIELD, CO--(Marketwire - August 6, 2008) - The Open Source Census, a global, collaborative project to collect and share quantitative data on the use of open source software, today announced at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo it has identified more than 275,000 open source installations on more than 2,000 machines.

Kim Weins, senior vice president of products and marketing at OpenLogic, presented a status of the Census results Wednesday before the 9:00 a.m. Oracle keynote at LinuxWorld.

Firefox ranked as the most installed open source project. Zlib, Xerces, Xalan, and Wget are the second, third, fourth, and fifth, respectively. Participants span a wide variety of company sizes, geographies, and industries.

Main themes found by The Open Source Census revealed in today's presentation are:

--  Ubuntu (45%) and Debian (14%) are the most used Linux distributions
    among participants with Linux machines
--  More than half of the open source software found has been on Windows
--  The number of unique installed open source packages ranged from 22-62
    per machine

The Open Source Census also found data that is contrary to common held ideas regarding the popularity of various open source projects:

--  Ruby, PHP and Python each were on 29% of machines, while Perl (45%) is
    the most common open source development language
--  Hsqldb (45%) is the most common database, most likely because it is
    bundled as the default DB with many open source software components; MySQL
    (27%) is twice as common as Postgres (12%)
--  More than 65% of participants are located outside of the United States

To view the electronic presentation, please visit

To participate in the Census, visit

About The Open Source Census:

The Open Source Census is a global, collaborative project to collect and share quantitative data on the use of open source software in enterprise. Founded by OpenLogic, the Open Source Census has a number of sponsors including OpenLogic and IDC. The Open Source Census initiative has open source tools designed to scan individual enterprise computers for all installed open source software. The results of these scans can then be contributed anonymously to the Open Source Census, where the aggregate data is published.

About OpenLogic:

OpenLogic is a leading provider of open source solutions that enable enterprises to safely acquire, support, and control open source software. OpenLogic provides enterprises with a certified library of open source software that encompasses hundreds of the most popular open source packages via OpenLogic Exchange (OLEX), a free web site where companies can find, research, and download certified, enterprise-ready open source packages on demand. With the broadest open source coverage in the industry, OpenLogic offers indemnification; updates; and enterprise-grade technical support backed by the OpenLogic Expert Community. OpenLogic also provides solutions for open source governance and to automate the integration and deployment of open source components -- reducing the risk and maximizing the cost savings associated with using open source software. For more on OpenLogic, go to

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