36 Fascinating Linux Facts and Statistics in 2024

Last Updated on January 5, 2024 by James Wilson

Windows dominates the majority of the operating systems market, with 82.56%, however, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other operating systems to consider. Linux actually powers a lot of global technology, some of which you probably didn’t even realise.

Linux refers to a family of open-source operating systems. These use the Linux kernel and include Ubuntu, Fedora, Manjaro, etc. Linus Torvalds, who created the original Linux code, was born in Finland. I bet you didn’t know he actually has an asteroid named after him!

Linux is incredibly powerful, though it only holds a 0.89% market share. It’s for this reason that I felt it was imperative to dig a little deeper under the covers to find out more about Linux.


General Linux Statistics

  • The Linux kernel has around 27.8 million lines of code in its Git repository
  • In 2019, 100% of the world’s supercomputers run on Linux
  • Android holds the highest OS market share with 38.9%
  • 96.3% of the world’s top 1 million servers run on Linux
  • Of the top 25 websites in the entire world, only 2 websites aren’t running on Linux
  • Linux was launched on September 17, 1991


Linux Usage Statistics

  • 85% of all smartphones are based on Linux
  • The Linux market share on desktop is 1.89%
  • Linux holds a 1.19% market share of operating systems in Europe
  • In the U.S., the operating system market share for Linux is 0.96%
  • In the U.K., the Linux market share drops to 0.62%
  • In 2018, the number of Linux games available on Steam reached 4,060
  • 95% of the servers that run the world’s top 1 million domains are powered by Linux
  • In 2018, 25.3% of professional developers used Linux
  • In 2019, 54.1% of professional developers used Linux
  • 83.1% of developers claim that they prefer to work on Linux as opposed to other operating systems


Linux Demographic Statistics

  • Of users using Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 22.3% are in the U.S.
  • 59% of people using Ubuntu use the English language
  • 98% use amd64 OS architecture
  • In 2016, 10.5% of the developer population were women
  • Of the Linux kernel git population, 9% are women
  • The countries that use Linux the most are India, Russia, and Cuba
  • Utah and Canada in the U.S. prefer Linux to other states


Linux Code Statistics

  • Systemd now has nearly 1.3 million lines of code
  • There were nearly 75,000 code commits to the kernel during 2019
  • The top contributors by email domain were Intel and Red Hat
  • The top contributing individuals were Linus Torvalds, with 3.19% of the commits
  • There were 4,189 different contributors overall in 2019
  • Systemd had 43,000 commits in 2019
  • The top contributor was Yu Watanabe with 26.94% of the commits


Interesting Linux Facts

  • 90% of Hollywood’s special effects are made on Linux
  • 90% of the public cloud workload runs on Linux
  • Every major space program uses Linux
  • 96.3% of the world’s top 1 million servers run on Linux
  • Sony’s PS4 runs on Orbis OS, which is developed on a Linux-based kernel
  • In 2018, 75.16% of smartphones worldwide ran on Linux



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