OSS / Linux Development Survey Volume I, 2010

Date: May 22, 2010
Pages: 135
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US$ 10,500.00
Publisher: Evans Data Corporation
Report type: Strategic Report
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OSS / Linux Development Survey Volume I, 2010
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Overview

Objectives of the Survey

Evans Data Corporation wishes to make this survey series as valuable as possible to our clients; thus, we solicit input from subscribers prior to the publication of each volume. This subscriber input is incorporated into the content of the survey, providing answers and insight into issues of interest to our clients. Publication rights to any of the results are not granted to any subscribers outside of their own companies without written permission from Evans Data Corp., though all subscribers have global licenses within their organizations and are encouraged to distribute the results freely within their companies.

Survey Methodology

The Open Source Software and Linux Development Survey series is completed entirely online. Developers from the EDC International Panel of Developers were sent invitations to participate and complete the survey online. Incentives for completing the survey are 1) the ability to influence tool makers, 2) entry into a contest to win $500, and 3) receive points which can be used to redeem prizes.

Research Design

The survey research method is the basic research design. The questionnaire for this survey is constructed for developers actively involved with developing Web services. An e-mail invitation was sent out to software developers inviting them to come to the survey site, fill out the survey online, and register for the drawing. Verbatim of any appreciable length was not used in this volume. Answers were compiled in SPSS.

Relative Rankings

In order to facilitate better at-a-glance comprehension of complex data sets, Evans Data Corp provides relative ranking tables next to summary sheets. These rankings have a weighted numerical weighting for the various categories. For example, in a question where the possible answers are w, x, y and z, w is multiplied by 3, x by 2, y by 1 and z by -2. The sum of these comprises the relative ranking for the category in question. The results are then sorted, from highest ranking to lowest, to give a closer comparison.

The Sample – Software Developers

This survey consists of 359 in-depth interviews conducted with developers who are or who have been involved with writing open source applications or using or targeting Linux. As in all Evans Data Corp. surveys, a wide variety of neutral opt-in lists of developers were used to recruit in addition to our panel. Neutral lists are defined as those not associated with a particular platform, language, or vendor.

The EDC Panel

When conducting demand-side primary research, it is important to recruit participants from sources that are as unbiased as possible. Since 1998, Evans Data Corporation has been recruiting developers to participate in surveys, maintaining a neutral panel has remained foremost in our efforts. Though we have used more than 100 different individual sources for recruiting, the following principles are strictly adhered to and consistently applied:
  • No vendor lists have ever been used in Evans Data Corp. subscription surveys nor added to the panel
  • No platform-specific lists have ever been used in any Evans Data Corp. general subscription surveys nor added to the general panel
  • No language-specific lists have ever been used in any Evans Data Corp. subscriptions surveys nor added to the panel
By following these principles, Evans Data Corp. provides the most diverse and unbiased sample available anywhere. With thousands of developers deliberately chosen for their neutrality from a wide variety of lists, our data truly provides in-depth examinations of representative samples of the developer population.

The EDC panel of developers includes approximately 75,000 professional developers in more than 85 countries. The EDC panel represents the finest example of an unbiased and representative sample of developers available today. As the panel continues to grow, the existing principles of neutral recruitment will continue to apply, assuring clients of the most representative sample possible.

Other Evans Data Corp. Services

Evans Data Corp. provides market research for the development community. Our goal is to represent the views, attitudes, desires and opinions of the community of developers to those companies who create tools, operating environments and other systems that developers use. We strive to help our clients be as successful as possible and to make the right choices regarding strategic direction and tactical product marketing. Evans Data Corp. offers three primary services: multi-client surveys, custom surveys and targeted analytics. A brief description of each is provided below.

Multi-CLient Survey Series

Strategic Series

Our most popular products are the eight reports in the Strategic Subscription Survey Series. These studies are done twice per year and explore current trends, adoption rates and attitudes toward a variety of new technologies impacting software development. A subscription to one of these studies includes both survey reports for the year in PDF format as well as the accompanying raw data, permission to publish the information anywhere within the client’s company, and one year's service wherein the company can request additional cross-tabulations or analysis from Evans Data Corp. Clients are also asked for their input regarding the issues they wish to see explored in the upcoming surveys. Short descriptions of each survey series follow:

North American Development Survey – Published twice per year, this comprehensive survey presents the results of in-depth interviews with a broad range of developers on topics including language usage patterns, platform targets and migration patterns, and Internet development. In addition, our clients suggest topics that reflect current industry interests such as Web Services, security, Java development, attitudes and expectations about Open Source solutions, Linux penetration, development tools, and more. The sample surveyed in this series is representative of a general cross-section of developers.

Asia Pacific (APAC) Development Survey – The companion survey to the North American and EMEA studies is published twice per year. This survey consists of the same questionnaire content as the North America and EMEA reports but is conducted using developers in China, Japan, India, East Asia, and Australia.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Development Survey – The companion survey to the North American and the APAC studies is published twice per year. This survey consists of the same questionnaire content as North America and APAC reports but is conducted using developers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Emerging Markets Development Survey – Published twice per year, this is the most comprehensive research survey series focused exclusively on developers and IT managers in the Emerging Markets. The regions surveyed for the report are: China, India, Brazil, Eastern Europe, and Russia. This survey is a companion to the North American, EMEA, and APAC Development Surveys.

Mobile Development Survey – Published twice per year, this is a worldwide study of developers who work on applications, infrastructure and utilities for wireless devices such as cell phones, PDAs, notebooks and other mobile devices, including platform and device targets, technology adoption, security, Web Services, programs, tools and intentions for development. One of Evans Data Corp.’s most popular surveys, this series addresses vital issues of concern to major vendors involved with telecommunications, platforms, tools, and infrastructure for the wireless future.

Open Source Software / Linux Development Survey – Published twice per year, this survey series is the first of its kind to study developers for the Open Source and Linux communities, the unique issues facing them, and current and projected acceptance in mainstream programming. Topical content includes language usage, client and server side development, licensing and distribution models, Linux development tools, and Linux and Open Source applications currently being written.

Cloud Development Survey – The Cloud Development Survey Report examines the concerns, intentions and current adoption of developers regarding deploying to and developing for public or private clouds. The report covers the full range of Cloud Computing issues, including: Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud, Private cloud management and data centers, standards and organizations, security, wireless Cloud Services, tool use, licensing, languages for use in the Cloud, and applications that will move first to the Cloud.

Global Developer Population and Demographics Report – Published bi-annually, the primary objectives of this report are to provide baseline and forecast estimates for regional and global software developer populations, and to give insight into adoption of various tools, technologies, and languages. Determining how many developers are in the community provides scope, putting Evans Data analysis and findings from other surveys into perspective.

Tactical Survey Reports

Also popular are the four reports in the Tactical Survey Reports series. These studies are done once per year and explore current trends, adoption rates and attitudes toward a variety of new technologies impacting software development. The purchase of one of these studies includes the survey report in PDF format as well as the accompanying raw data, permission to publish the information anywhere within the client’s company, and one year's service wherein the company can request additional cross-tabulations or analysis from Evans Data Corp. Clients are also asked for their input regarding the issues they wish to see explored in the upcoming surveys. Short descriptions of each survey follow:

Developer Marketing Patterns Survey – Published annually, this tactical survey contains actionable information on what types of marketing works and what media are most effective in marketing to developers. The topics of online marketing, trade shows, conferences, ads, etc. are all explored with developers. This series provides information that is highly valuable for making decisions about future product direction, as well as for product positioning, messaging, and marketing.

Developer Relations Programs Survey – Published annually, this tactical survey provides information on how to recruit developers to your program and keep them. It includes information on training, certification, recruitment vehicles, and more. This series provides information that is highly valuable for making decisions about future program direction, as well as program features, pricing, and other important program aspects.

Custom Surveys

Evans Data Corporation provides complete custom survey services specializing in software development and IT issues. Quantitative, customized survey services conducted via email and the Internet are available at reasonable rates and with quick turnaround times. Contracting with Evans Data Corporation for your custom developer research is much easier and much more valuable than dealing with firms who do not understand developers or their language. Please contact your sales representative for a free proposal.

Targeted Analytics

The Targeted Analytics team at Evans Data Corp. offers clients a secondary research service, providing extensive additional data analysis that is not included in the multi-client survey reports. Please contact your sales representative for further information about this service and to discuss your needs.

About the Analyst

Pam Baker has covered enterprise and consumer technologies since 1997 in analytical reports and leading publications. The focus of her work trends heavily to predictive analysis and business impact assessments of existing and emerging technology development and trends. While her work covers the gamut from mobile to business intelligence (BI), enterprise resource management (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM), she has tracked and reported on software development for more than a decade. Her work has been published extensively in such leading publications as LinuxWorld, LinuxInsider, Computerworld, Italian Linux Portal, CIO.com, CIO Update, Internet.com, ITSM Watch, Project Manager Planet, Computer Sweden, CRM Buyer, E-Commerce Times and Institutional Investor magazine. Previously, she worked for both ABI Research (based in NY) and VisionGain (based in the UK). Her analytical work served a global audience. She also previously served as managing editor for both WirelessIQ and Telematics Journal. This is her first EDC report.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

OVERVIEW

Objectives of the Survey
Survey Methodology
  Research Design
  Relative Rankings
  The Sample – Software Developers
The EDC Panel
Other Evans Data Corp. Services
  Multi-Client Survey Series
  Custom Surveys
  Targeted Analytics
About the Analyst

DEMOGRAPHICS

Developer Segment
Company Size
Number of Software Developers in Company
  Number of Developers by Company Size
Industry
Targeted Regions for Development
  Targeted Region by Region
  Targeted Region by Industry
Level of Involvement with Software Development
Development of Embedded Systems Applications
Development of Open Source Applications
Development of Mobile Applications

THE BUSINESS OF OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE

Annual Revenue from Open Source Projects
  Annual Revenue by Developer Segment
  Annual Revenue by Company Size
Monetization Models
  Monetization Model by Annual Revenue
  Monetization Model by Distribution Channel
Preferred Distribution Channel
  Preferred Distribution Channel by Annual Revenue
Time Spent on Open Source Projects: At Work
Time Spent on Open Source Projects: Outside of Work
Time Spent at Work on Non-Work Related Open Source Projects
  Time Spent by Annual Revenue
Perceived Monetary Value of Various Open Source Development Tools
Project Completion Time
Project Budget
  Project Budget by Completion Time
  Project Budget by Annual Revenue
  Project Budget by Developer Segment
Biggest Motivation to Develop Open Source Software
  Monetization Model by Biggest Motivators
Primary Reason for Developing Proprietary Software

OPEN SOURCE SUPPORT AND SECURITY

Support Requirements When Developing With Open Source
  Support Requirements by Involvement with Development
Preferred Type of Contracted Support Arrangements
Pricing Elasticity for Open Source Support: Per Incident
Pricing Elasticity for Open Source Support: Annual Fee
Time Spent Supporting Open Source Projects
Time Between Bug Discovery and Solution
Use of Default Security Policies

OPEN SOURCE APPLICATIONS IN USE FOR SERVERS AND CLIENTS

Server vs. Client
Number of Application Servers Being Used.
  Number of Application Servers by Company Size
Open Source Application Server Features Being Used
Likelihood of Purchasing Commercial Support for Open Source Application Servers
Likelihood of Offering Commercial Support for Open Source Application Servers
Development with Open Source Application Servers And Deployed on Commercial Servers
Converting to Commercial Application Servers
Anticipated Use of Open Source Databases
Types of Databases Used
Databases Most Commonly Used
Primary Reason for Deploying in an Open Source Database
Types of Open Source Software Being Developed

VIRTUALIZATION AND CLOUD COMPUTING

Use of Linux in Virtualized Environments
  Use of Linux in a Virtualized Environment by Developer Segment
Primary Reason to Use Virtualization
Use of Cloud Computing in Open Source Development
  Use of Cloud Computing by Developer Segment
Use of Cloud for Testing Open Source Applications

OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE USE AND USER SATISFACTION

Usage Plans for Open Source Software
Satisfaction with Various Open Source Offerings

OPEN SOURCE LICENSING

Plans for Open Source Licenses
Biggest Barrier When Selecting an Open Source License
Patent Infringement as an Impediment of OSS Adoption
  Patent Infringement by Industry

DEVELOPMENT TOOLS

Reporting Methods Used with Applications
SOA Implementation
SOAP vs. REST
Most Used Versions of Control Tools
Satisfaction Level with Various Tools
Experience with Porting Tools and Development Frameworks
Reasons for Using Porting Tools and Development Frameworks

LINUX AS A HOST AND TARGET PLATFORM

Host Operating System This Year
Host Operating System Next Year
Target Operating System This Year
Target Operating System Next Year
  Host Operating System This Year by Target Operating System This Year
Top Linux Host Distributions
  Top Linux Host Distributions by Developer Segment
  Top Linux Host Distributions by Company Size
Embedded Linux Use
Commercial vs. Non-Commercial Versions of Linux
Linux Distribution Targets - on Servers
Linux Distribution Targets - on Mobile/Handheld Devices
Linux Distribution Targets - on the Desktop
Primary Barrier for Linux Development on the Desktop
  Primary Barrier by Distribution Target for Linux on the Desktop
Percent of Applications Written to Run on Linux

LANGUAGE USE

Language Use This Year
C/C++ Use This Year
C# Use This Year
Visual Basic/Visual Basic.NET Use This Year
Java Use This Year
Scripting Language Use This Year
XML Use This Year
Other Language Use This Year
Language Use Next Year
C/C++ Use Next Year
C# Use Next Year
Visual Basic/Visual Basic.NET Use Next Year
Java Use Next Year
Scripting Language Use Next Year
XML Use Next Year
Other Language Use Next Year
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