According to Market Research Future (MRFR), The Global Linux Operating System Market is estimated to expand at an 18.5% CAGR from 2018 to 2023 (forecast period). The research report describes and examines the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on the global market, including prospects and threats, drivers, and risks.
Linux is an open source operating system that interfaces between computer software and hardware. Linux OS consists of a Linux kernel that contains all the required components of a fully functioning operating system. The Linux OS consists of two execution modes — user mode and kernel mode — with a number of privileges. Linux OS is similar to other operating systems, such as Windows, OS X, or iOS, in graphical user interface and software applications like word processing applications. Linux OS is an open source software that makes the code used to build Linux free and available to the public to view, edit, and distribute. Linux OS is distributed to leading players in the Linux operating system market for various devices, such as workstations, desktops, and servers. The vendors also give support for the Linux-based OS that they distribute.
The growth in the market for Linux operating systems is due to the growing demand for open-source operating systems and the need for a more secure operating system than Windows. Moreover, the market is also seeking opportunities, due to the growing use of a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) and the increasing adoption of Linux operating systems by small and medium-sized enterprises, to lower initial costs and improve business efficiency.
Several IT organizations are deploying Linux OS on desktops and workstations due to the advantages they offer in terms of usability and cost-effectiveness. Linux operating system-based workstations offer high operating performance. Linux OS is capable of managing multiple users simultaneously, which is the primary need for any IT organization. In addition, Linux OS provides virtualization, making it suitable for use in workstations. Red Hat, Inc. has a significant share in the distribution of Linux OS for enterprise workstations.
Linux-based operating system distributors dominate the server market for operating systems. Linux OS provides a secure platform for managing workloads running on bare metal, virtual machines, containers, or private or public clouds. Companies like Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Twitter run gigantic server clusters on the Linux operating system. Leading Linux OS servers are provided by CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu Server, Slackware, and Gentoo. For server Linux OS offers integrated control features for improved security, automated compliance across various environments, and simplified software updates, among others.
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Linux operating system market forecast has been segmented into type, device type, and application.
By type, the global market has been segmented into user mode and kernel mode.
By device type, the global market has been segmented into workstations and server.
By application, the global market has been segmented into enterprise (large enterprises, SMEs) and individuals.
Linux operating system market based on the region has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America.
North America had the highest market share of 36.5% in 2017, with a market valuation of USD 1.107.0 million; the market is projected to have a CAGR of 18.7% over the forecast period. Europe was the second-largest market in 2018, estimated at USD 929.9 million, and is expected to rise at the highest CAGR of 20.4%. The growth in the North American market is powered by the presence of key players such as Red Hat Inc. and IBM Corporation. In addition, the growing adoption of Linux-based server farms (data centers) by financial organizations in the region is expected to further boost the market for Linux operating systems in North America in the near future.
The key players of the Global Linux Operating System Market are IBM Corporation (US), Ubuntu (Canonical Ltd) (UK), Linux Mint (UK), elementary, Inc., Debian, Manjaro, Arch Linux, SUSE, and Red Hat, Inc. (US).