Linux FoundationAccording to the annual report, Linux Foundation corporate use of Linux is growing steadily for the third consecutive year, the company constantly increase investment in open OS ecosystem.

The report, prepared jointly with Yeomans Technology Group, said that the investment in Linux grew throughout 2012, but in the fourth quarter of 2012, they were significantly reduced rates and increased from the comparable figures in 2011 by only 3.1%.

Total up the business in 2012 increased their investments in Linux by 12.7% from the level in 2011, while investment in Windows increased by 3.2%, while in Unix – decreased by 24.1%. “We see a steady increase in the number of Linux deployments in the business sector, especially in the most important branches of the business,” – said Amanda McPherson, vice president of marketing for Linux Foundation.

According to her, a lot of companies not only implement Linux as such, but also to significantly increase investment in Linux-based technologies, as well as Linux-programming.

In the Linux Foundation said that also conducted a survey of enterprises for which Linux is the dominant operating system, and found that 74% of enterprises plan to use Linux as a platform for the deployment of cloud services, 76% of respondents said that over the past year they have increased the number of servers and workstations running Linux. 73% Linux-users said they use an open operating system for mission-critical applications. Another 80% say that in the next two years, they plan to increase the number of employees in enterprises Linux-servers. 20% say they intend to actively introduce Windows to create a heterogeneous environment.