CentOS Is Now The Most Popular Linux Distro For Web Servers

CentOS is a Red Hat based free operating system which enjoys widespread use among servers. It does not have the recognition of Ubuntu, Fedora etc. since it focuses entirely on servers not on desktops.

According to a report from W3 Techs, CentOS is now the most popular linux distro used in web servers. It has overtaken Debian which is now at second place. According to their statistics, CentOS is used 30% of the linux based web servers.

As you can see, CentOS has been gaining popularity quite rapidly. Ubuntu is also enjoying a little increase in server deployment. There is very little change for Debian, Gentoo and SUSE. However, Red Hat and Fedora are having a decline in popularity.

W3 Techs also published details of which distros lost out to CentOS and by how much. According to their statistics, CentOS is gaining primarily from Red Hat and Fedora. While 5.03% of the servers which are using CentOS now was running on Red Hat and 1.53% of the CentOS users were using Fedora.

Another  interesting thing is that CentOS is not as popular in large websites as compared to smaller websites. While 9.7% of the top 100,000 websites uses CentOS, only 6% of the top 1000 use it.

We cannot say how accurate these statistics are, but yes CentOS has been gaining popularity in server  deployment  recently.

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  • Devine

    CentOS is just a no-brainer.

    Debian is the only other choice if you are really Red Hat adverse (grow up child). SELinux out of the box is great and more admins need to learn how to use it.

    Ubuntu isn't really an option due to all the bugs they introduce or let slip into their distribution.

    • D Teed

      @Devine : There is always someone chiming in with their distro favs, and too often it is chest thumping and baseless.

      How about a real and technical merit comparison between two distros?

      What if Redhat and Debian had the exact same bug, which is already fixed in upstream? Wouldn’t that be a fair competition to watch who releases the fix sooner? OK, compare:



      Debian bug fixed very quickly, and beta available publicly and fast. Redhat, we are still waiting, but looks to be available with RHEL 6.2 in November or so – roughly 6 months to fix.

      Debian wins for responsiveness and communication with the end user. Maybe, just maybe, there are times when a passion for this stuff beats doing it for a pay cheque and within the confines of a corporate environment.