Linux Operating System Market Research Report: Global Forecast to 2030

Global Linux Operating System Market Research Report: By Application (Large Enterprises, SMEs, Individuals), By Type (Kernel Mode, User Mode), By Device Type (Server, Workstation) - Forecast till 2030

ID: MRFR/ICT/6228-CR | 87 Pages | Published By Ankit Gupta on April 2019         

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Linux Operating System Market revenue was USD 2717 million and expected to generate a revenue of USD 21.05 Billion by 2030

By Application Large Enterprises SMEs Individuals
By Type Kernel Mode User Mode
By Device Type Server Workstation
Key Players
Companies Profiled   Ubuntu (Canonical Ltd) (UK)   IBM Corporation (US)   elementary Inc.   Linux Mint (UK)   Debian   Arch Linux   SUSE   Manjaro   Red Hat Inc (US)
Market Driving Forces   The growing demand for hardware and related accessories for Gaming purposes will also have a positive impact on the market.
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Linux Operating System Market Overview:

Linux is an operating system that connects the hardware with the software. Linux OS consists of two modes for execution- kernel mode and the user mode. It is the Linux kernel that provides all the required components of an operating system and it comes with many privileges. Linux operating system is just like other operating systems- Windows, iOS , or OS X. Linux is an open-source operating system that has made codes used to make the software free and available for users to view, distribute and edit. Linux OS has been distributed to some of the major key players of Linux OS Market. It is distributed for various devices among the leading players of the market such as for desktops, servers and workstations. Linux based OS is being supported by the vendor who distributes the OS under an open-source license. The market of Linux OS is going through and optimum growth that has doubled the digit of shares. According to the current study, there are many driving factors boosting the growth of the market. In 2017, the global Linux Operating System Marketrevenue was USD 2717 million and expected to generate a revenue of USD 21.05 Billion by 2030 with a CAGR rate of 17.93%. The global market is segmented into device type, region, and application. 

Linux Operating System Market Covid Analysis:

The covid-19 pandemic has created panic all over the world. The majority of Governments of countries all across the world are taking precautions and strict actions to disrupt the spread of the deadly virus. This pandemic has impacted many industries and businesses hugely, though the Linux OS vendors are likely to see minimal effect of the virus across the globe. Moreover, the market is expected to witness a rapid recovery in the post-covid time. In fact, the market is also expected to witness remarkable growth in the forecast period, as the reports suggest. 

Market Dynamics:

The reason behind Linux Operating System Market Growthis the increasing demand for an open-source operating system and an operating system more secured than Windows. Also there is a demand in the market for the growing usage of user-friendly graphical user interfaces and increasing level of adoption of Linux operating systems among small and medium-sized businesses to reduce the initial cost and improve the business efficiency. 

Linux OS has various advantages such as usability and cost-effectiveness and these are the reasons behind many IT organisations are deploying the operating system on desktops. Also, workstations with Linux operating OS provide high performance. Linux OS provide virtualisation and is capable of handling multiple users at the same time; these are the primary concern and need of any IT organisations. Red Hat, Inc. Holds a significant amount of share in the distribution of the operating system for organisation workstations.

The distributors of the Linux based operating systems are the server market dominators as Linux operating system provides a safe and secure platform to manage the workload of an organisation. Notable companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, twitter use the Linux OS market share to run their huge server cluster on it. Debian, CentOS, Ubuntu Server, Gentoo, and Slackware- these are the leading Linux OS providers.


As far as the drivers of the market for Linux Operating systems are concerned, there are two primary contributors. Firstly, there has been a need and demand for open-source OS for quite some time now. Secondly, based on the security concerns, Linux as an operating system is much more secure than windows from various perspectives. In addition to this, the growing demand for hardware and related accessories for Gaming purposes will also have a positive impact on the market. 

In this aspect, one of the interesting facts is the dominance of Linux amongst the top 500 supercomputers throughout the globe. On top of this, Linux kernel is arguably the largest installation base for android based systems for tab and smart phones. Therefore, due to its nature of being an open-source OS and flexibility, this is going to get more preference for embedded systems and servers. These are interesting and encouraging facts, which eventually play the role of catalysts for the growth of the overall market for Linux Operating systems. 


The only concern for the growing market for Linux operating systems is the extent of competition it is facing from the Windows Operating system.

Though in this aspect, we must not forget that Linux can be converted into a more user-friendly one with the help of a graphical user interface. Additionally, the overall reach of Linux needs steep growth, and this is possible only with greater usage and reach amongst the small and medium scale organizations. 

Value chain analysis/technology analysis/regulatory implication:

Linux Operating System Market Segment Overview:

The segmental Linux Operating System Market Analysis is based on the four segments. Such as type, device type, applications, and region.

By Type:

Based on type, the global market of Linux OS is sub-segmented into user mode and kernel mode.

By Device Type:

The device type of the global market comprises of servers and workstations. The overall market share of a huge amount, as much as 76.4%, has been already secured by the workstation itself in the year 2018 itself; this amounts to a whopping value of 2316.3 (USD) million. In fact, as per the expectation, this segment itself can register a CAGR of 19.2% during the period of forecast. The valuation of the Server vertical was 715.1 million (USD), and it is anticipated that this would register a 15.9% CAGR. 

By Application:

Depending on applications, the global market of Linux OS is divided into two segments- Individual and Enterprise. The biggest market share was secured by the Enterprise segment in 2018 with a massive 90.4%, which is of a humongous market value of 2471.7 million. As per the expectation, it is supposed to register an 18.8% CAGR during the forecast period. On the other hand, the individual segment is anticipated to register a 14.6 % CAGR.

By Region:

Following are the primary regions as far as the Linux operating system is concerned:

  • North America

  • Europe

  • Asia Pacific

  • South America

  • The Middle East and Africa

Linux Operating System Market Regional Analysis:

In North America, U.S dominates the largest Linux Operating System Market Share because of the advancements in technology and trends. Ever since the computer has started being used for professional uses, Linux OS has only grown remarkably. In 2017, North America held the largest share of the market with 36.5%, with a magnificent market value of USD 1,107.0 million. Therefore it is expected that in the Linux Operating System Market Forecast period, this market will grow remarkably with a CAGR of 18.7%. Competitive players like IBM corporations and Red Hat Inc are the main driving forces behind the growth of the market. 

The European region was the second largest market shareholder of the Linux OS, with a value of USD 929.9 million in 2018. Now, the growth of this regional market is expected to be with a CAGR of 20.4%. The main driving force in this region is the financial organisations adopting Linux based server farms.

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Recent Developments:

Linux foundation in collaboration with IBM Corporation has contributed in developing and implementing the firefighter technology of safety through the project ‚ÄėPrometeo‚Äô across the world arena in the year 2021. With the brand new open source project for Firefighter safety being released with an upgraded version of software and hardware, the system of collaboration among the prominent partners in the ecosystem is going to get benefited for sure.¬†¬†

In the year 2021 itself, a project has been funded by Google as well, to better the security aspect of Linux as an operating system.

Such facts surely talk volumes of the Linux Operating System Market Opportunities and growth.

Report Overview:

This report covers the different analyses of regions and market patterns to understand the user base better. Additionally, this report also focuses on the industry trends and technologies concerned. Moreover, the challenges, driving factors are also few areas covered in this report. 

Report Scope:

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   USD 21.05 Billion
  CAGR   17.93%
  Base Year   2019
  Forecast Period   2020-2030
  Historical Data   2018
  Forecast Units   Value (USD Billion)
  Report Coverage   Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   By Type, Application
  Geographies Covered   North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific
  Key Vendors   Ubuntu (Canonical Ltd) (UK) IBM Corporation (US) elementary Inc. Linux Mint (UK) Debian Arch Linux SUSE Manjaro Red Hat Inc (US)
  Key Market Opportunities   
  Key Market Drivers   Firstly, there has been a need and demand for open-source OS for quite some time now.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Linux Operating System Market revenue was USD 2717 million and is expected to generate a revenue of USD 21.05 Billion by 2030.

17.93% is the recorded CAGR of the market.

Linux Mint (UK), Ubuntu (Canonical Ltd) (UK), IBM Corporation (US), elementary, Inc., Arch Linux, Red Hat, Inc. (US), Debian, Manjaro, and SUSE are the key companies investing in the market to a high level.

The market will be growing during the period of 2020‚Äď2030.

The swelling adoption of Linux operating systems in small and medium-sized enterprises is the way the market is gaining all the limelight.

The growth of the Linux operating system market is attributed to the swelling demand for open-source operating systems and the need for having a more secure operating system than Windows.