Linux rules the Clouds

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Tue Dec 21 12:32:49 GMT 2010

Color me surprised. I knew that Linux, while still only a niche player 
on the desktop, was continuing to do well on the server and was doing 
even better than ever on the cloud. What I hadn't realized was just 
/how/ much better Linux, and in particular, Canonical 
<>'s Ubuntu, <> was doing 
on in the market place.

Before I'd seen The Cloud Market's analysis of operating systems 
<> on Amazon 
Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) <>, off the cuff I 
would have guessed the leading operating system on the top cloud 
platform would have been Red Hat <> and its close 
relatives, CentOS <>, Oracle Enterprise Linux 
<>, and Fedora 
<>. Boy was I wrong.

Today, December 20th, Ubuntu is running 4,840 instances on EC2, followed 
by CentOS, with 1,250, Fedora with 313; Oracle with 80; and Red Hat with 
a mere 73 instances. That's a grand total of 1,716 for the Red Hat 
family, which means that Ubuntu is doing more than twice as well as all 
the Red Hat variants put together.

"Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die."

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