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How much is linux used in your business?

Discussion in 'Polling Station' started by Richy19, Jul 12, 2010.

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How much is linux used in business?

  1. 0% - 20% A few things run it, but they just run along and dont get touched

    25 vote(s)
    73.5%
  2. 20% - 50% Some servers run it, but they dont usually get touched

    5 vote(s)
    14.7%
  3. 50% - 70% All servers use it, there fore you use it daily

    4 vote(s)
    11.8%
  4. 70% - 100% Its the only OS used in the business

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Richy19

    Richy19 Bit Poster

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    Im just trying to decide whether i should learn linux or not.
    And i wanted to find out how much its used in a business environment.
     
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  2. Sparky
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    Is there an option for 0% only? :biggrin
     
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  3. Simonvm

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    0-20 %, the only systems running linux are ours, the techs :)

    There are Unix servers though, but they're off-site.
     
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  4. SimonD

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    The only *nix boxes are the VMware ones (oh and my Openfiler NAS\SAN).
     
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  5. nugget
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    0% in production here.

    I do have a CentOS system to play with though.:twisted:
     
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  6. zebulebu

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    Not much of a poll here. I appreciate the idea, but you might want to think a bit better about the questions to get a fairer reflection. For instance, you state that a business could use up to 50% Linux servers, but they don't get touched, or don't usually get touched. That makes no sense! Any business that had half it's estate running on Linux damn well better be looking after it properly!

    And if it was 50-70%, how would 'all servers' be using it :blink

    FWIW, less than 10% of my servers are Linux. The ESX/ESXi boxes run on a modified Linux kernel, as does all the appliance-based stuff (SAN, Loadbalancers etc). Three web servers run LAMP (Suse), and I have a desktop for Linux admin work (Ubuntu) and logging, and a laptop I use for pen tests (BackTrack - based on Debian). The rest is Windoze.
     
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  7. Richy19

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    because in the 70% one i exclude the clients
    however with th 100% one i mean every computer in the business
    sorry if i wasnt more specific but i didnt want to make 10 different poll options
     
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  8. zebulebu

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    Oh - you mean desktops too? As in user desktops? TBH, I don't know a single business that uses Linux desktops. None. I pretty much assumed you meant 'servers, plus the odd admin machine for the IT department'.

    You really need two seperate polls - the first one being 'Linux on the desktop', the second being 'Linux on servers'. You're pretty much guaranteed that the vast majority of the answers to the desktop poll will be at or around zero. It's a waste of time for you to learn Linux for the desktop environment - but an awesome idea to learn it anyway, because it will definitely benefit you when you work on 'real' computers later on down the road.
     
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  9. Theprof

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    We pretty much have no Linux servers other than 4 esx hosts we have in a cluster.
     
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  10. dmarsh

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    Linux desktop use is rare in traditional corporations and most SME's, however some dev houses use it and I think trip had a linux desktop at his work ?

    Places that require a lot of horsepower at a low price tend to use linux clusters.

    A lot of web farms, telco's and ISP's use a lot of linux. Also as Zeb said, there are a lot of integrated service appliances with web admin interfaces that many people don't even realize are linux based.

    A lot of places used to be pretty keen on Sun hardware for HA, but this is less the case nowadays.
     
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  11. ThomasMc

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    I use a fair chunk VoIP, SPAM, Email, Net management etc
     
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    we've got 2 ESXi hosts and an OpenSUSE box running SpamAssassin for mail filtering, we do also have 3 desktops running Ubuntu for private internet use by staff (why I'm not sure considering our internet use policy is widely ignored even at management level but thats another story).
     
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    i think 90% of my clients hardly use it at all
    and some are pretty 'on the wagon' with it, I think department of corrections has plenty of *nix

    its interesting to see that the linux movement has stagnated in recent years, in the late 90s and early 00s Linux was booming, people were fed up of NT, it was no where near as polished and stable as the crop of MS products today, and IIS was a slow beast

    but that trend has actually been REVERSING in the last few years, people are moving AWAY from Linux, to Windows, there are some very thorough and interesting reads out there on the subject, as someone who used to have Gentoo running on half his systems at home i have my fair share of exposure to the product line, but i don't consider my ESXi boxes (or even my ESX boxes) Linux anyway :)
     
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    Yeah its funny how the whole *nix thing is going. I can see *nix becoming the portable weapon of choice after using android on my desire. Perhaps *nix is destined to be mostly a computer scientists and mobile device OS :rolleyes:

    We have Unix teams in our place, couldnt tell you what they do, but I think the trend from *nix to Windows has been fuelled by the fact that you can get an MCSE for 2 quid a year yet a Unix Support Analyst is still on 45k+

    Cost and value for money are driving todays trends. Sure you have Microsoft licences, but you can quantify them exactly. Wages, redundancy payments etc can vary massively.

    Just my 2 cents, feel free to disagree
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  15. Shinigami

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    Probably very close to 0%, for obvious reasons...

    Although we do have some collaboration with SuSE and the like. Who knows.
     
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    You mean you finally stopped running hotmail on FreeBSD? ;)
     
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  17. zebulebu

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    HA!

    You just know there's some darkside tech working in your basement that has surrounded his ass with *nix|nux boxes, just to p*** the M$ Gods off... :twisted:

    Freddie would be all over this like a rash...
     
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  18. wagnerk
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    Out of all the servers that we have, there is only 1 linux based server and that's for the VLE at our place. We don't touch it (a third party does, as it runs moodle as well as some bespoke software that they've created).

    -ken
     
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  20. HangoverSpecialist

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    I use it at my main office as my desktop of choice with a VMWare of Windows XP.

    I have a *nix box hosting a local intranet, and a second *nix box running as a file server.
     
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