Last year, I posted an article detailing the OS of choice for the top 10 web sites, finding that most of them were running some flavor of Linux.
Well, since a year has passed, I thought it might be nice to check again, not just the top 10, but some other well-known sites.
Here are my results, retrieved April 3, 2011:
|6||Baidu||unknown, running apache|
As you can see, 8 of the top 10 are running some flavor of Linux, which speaks volumes about the reliability of the OS. Many of the top 11+ sites are just foreign variations on these sites. For example, Google India is #14, Yahoo.jp is #12.
So, I have decided to select several other sites which English-speakers are more likely to have used...
- #17. LinkedIn ... Linux
- #20. Bing ... WIndows-based
- #21. Wordpress ... Linux
- #32. Mozilla ... Linux
- #33. Flickr ... Linux
- #34. Apple ... unknown (probably Unix/Apple-based)
- #38. PayPal ... Linux
- #39. Craigslist ... Linux
- #42. Ask ... Linux
- #44. CNN ... Linux
- #56. Tumblr ... Linux
- #60. GoDaddy ... Windows Server 2008
- #72. LiveJournal ... Linux
- #87. CNET ... Windows-based (I think)
- #90. eHow ... Linux
- #115. StackOverflow ... Linux
- #172. FoxNews ... Linux
Now, to be fair, this list was cherry-picked by me, to illustrate how many famous websites use Linux. Many sites between #11 and #200 use Microsoft, while others the OS could not be determined. What I find very interesting is that of the most popular sites, Windows and Linux are the clear winners-- not Unix. Of the sites I tested, I did not find one which was known to run a Unix variant.