Linux gaining share as the number of developers targeting Windows
falls 12 percent, Evans Data says

By Paul Krill
July 02, 2007

Microsoft's Windows platform is losing traction as a target for
application developers in North America but still is the dominant
platform, according to Evans Data survey results being released
on Tuesday.

A survey this spring of more than 400 developers and IT managers
in North America found that the number of developers targeting
Windows for their applications declined 12 percent from a year
ago. Just 64.8 percent targeted the platform as opposed to 74
percent in 2006.

"We attribute [the decline] largely to the increase in developers
beginning to target Linux and different Linux [distributions].
Both Novell and Red Hat are the two dominant ones right now,"
said John Andrews, the CEO of Evans Data.