New data from 2022 yielded surprising results on the most popular operating systems in 2022
2022 Stack Overflow developer survey (opens in a new tab) reports that Linux-based software is currently more popular than Apple’s macOS, as developers seem to flock to other systems.
Linux distributions, accounting for 40% for both personal and professional use, are recognized as one of the most customizable and adaptive operating systems for developers. The share of 40% has increased from about a quarter in each of the previous five years, indicating a significant shift to Linux that could last until 2023.
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However, macOS data continues to perform well in an area of the market that is getting more expensive, accounting for 31% of personal users and 33% of professional users.
Perhaps less shocking is the popularity of Windows, which has placed it at the top of the list as the most used operating system, with nearly two-thirds (62%) of home users prefer the operating system and nearly half (49%) of professional users opting for a Microsoft product.
According to the monthly, 2022 was also a year of increasing popularity of Windows 11 statistics counter (opens in a new tab) numbers that show steady growth from less than 3% market share in January 2022 to a adoption rate of over 16% in November 2022. Windows 10 remains the most popular version of the operating system to date, accounting for a significant 70% of all operating systems distributions.
Moreover, Statcounter reports that Windows accounts for 75% of all computer users worldwide, including programmers. macOS only occupies 16% of the market, while Linux less than 3%, which further suggests that it is a popular place among programmers and programmers.