Evans Data Corporation's Fall 2003 North American Development Survey has found that Linux has increased its lead in developers' minds as the "most innately secure operating system" from 19 percent six months ago to 23 percent today. At the same time, the percentage of developers who said that Windows XP is the most secure dropped by more than 40 percent, from 14 percent six months ago to 8 percent today.
"It's not all that surprising that Linux is viewed as more secure by software developers. Windows has had nearly weekly critical security updates from Microsoft, and three of four developers target Windows," said Esther Schindler, Evans' senior analyst. "Development experience talks, a higher percentage of Windows developers said Linux is more 'innately secure' than did Linux developers." /
Other findings from the survey of more than 500 developers in North America include:
- Open source has become more socially acceptable over time. Back in Spring 2001, only 38 percent of developers used any open source software modules. Today, 62 percent of developers are incorporating open source code in their applications a growth rate of 63 percent. (http://www.evansdata.com/n2/surveys/northamerican/2003_2/northamerican_xmp2.sh tml)
- The three most expected features for Java development tools are Web services support, profilers and optimization tools, and J2EE frameworks.
- Confidence in Linux has risen by almost 90% since 1999. In Evans' Fall 1999 North American Development Survey, only 34 percent of developers felt the OS was ready for mission critical applications, compared to 64 percent expressing such confidence today. (http://www.evansdata.com/n2/surveys/northamerican/2003_2/northamerican_xmp1.sh tml)
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