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Linux More Secure Than Windows XP, Say Software Developers
"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% of developers used any open source software modules. Today, 62% of developers are incorporating open source code in their applications -- a growth rate of 63%. ( northamerican_xmp2.shtml)
- 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% of developers felt the OS was ready for mission critical applications, compared to 64% expressing such confidence today. ( northamerican_xmp1.shtml)
The comprehensive report is more than 300 pages long and has been produced twice a year since 1998. Each survey contains in-depth interviews with between 400 and 600 developers focused on technology projects. The report, conducted in September 2003, covers a wide range of topics, such as: Demographics, Language Use, Web Services, Security, Linux/OSS, Architecture and Technology Adoption and Software Development Requirements.
About Evans Data Corporation
Evans Data Corporation (www.evansdata.com) provides regularly updated IT industry market intelligence based on in-depth surveys of the global developer population. Evans' syndicated research includes surveys focused on developers in a wide variety of subjects.
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