Linux Operating System Market Research Report: Global Forecast to 2027

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 2027

ID: MRFR/ICT/6228-CR | April 2019 | Region: Global | 87 pages

Market Overview

GLOBAL LINUX OPERATING SYSTEM MARKET size is expected to reach USD 7,070.4 Million by 2023, according to Market Research Future (MRFR). It is projected to display a CAGR of 18.5% over the forecast period. Linux is an open-source software on which is based the operating system. Prominent companies are banking on its nature for building applications and software targeted at individuals and enterprises. The COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on the industry are explored in the report.

COVID-19 Analysis

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negligible impact on open-source operating system development. Many companies have ensured the work from home (WFH) policy for software developers to continue their work on the code for Linux operating systems. Moreover, the open source nature of the code allows developers to test it in various methods for improving its user-friendliness, security, and performance. For instance, the Linux Foundation Public Health has decided to lend its aid to healthcare workers for contact tracing patients of COVID-19 and curb its spread. COVID Green built by developers in Ireland and COVID Shield built by developers in Canada have codebases provided by Linux. The integration of the technology into smartphones can be a watershed moment for players in the Linux operating system market.

Market Dynamics


Demand for Open Source Operating System

Open source operating systems allow startups and mid-size companies to expand their operations and keep up with the competition. Development of applications and digitization of data can require applications that work at rapid speeds. Linux can work at par with Windows due to being built on similar codes.


High Adoption Rate among SMEs

The huge number of small and medium enterprises being established in developed economies such as India and China can drive the adoption rate of open source operating systems. Reliability of these systems and their free nature can bode well for the global Linux operating system market. Moreover, the development of applications by working on beta version of the code can push its demand among startups. Modification of programs and creation of a culture of open collaboration can favor the market.


Intense Competition from Mainstream OS

Mainstream operating system developers give tough competition to Linux due to their features as well as a subscription model to provide support to users. In addition, the marketing efforts of these companies in steering customers can restrain market growth. However, the development of applications on a freemium basis can favor the market.

Cumulative Growth Analysis

The global Linux operating system market can grow at a respectable pace over the forecast period owing to the OS being utilized in major servers and workstations. The customization options for user interfaces, package management systems, and distros can provide scope for expansion for market players. Moreover, the use of Chrome and Android can lead to its utilization in future desktops and laptops.

Segment Overview

By Type

User Mode Linux Systems to Dominate

The user mode is expected to drive the revenues in the global Linux operating system market owing to its huge capacity. Organizations require employees to function seamlessly without the hassle of renewing product licenses. Virtualization of the operating system can lead to its utilization in workstations.

By Device Type

Servers to Take the Lead

Servers are likely to gain the lead in the market owing to operating system being capable of handling large workloads on virtual and bare metal machines and public or private clouds. This is evident by the growing list of benefits of the OS such as simplified software update, automated compliance across environments, and increased security. Its use by multinational companies such as Facebook and Google for its servers can drive the demand for the Linux operating system.

By Application

Enterprises to Continue to be the Larger Revenue Stream

Enterprises can generate revenue for the global Linux operating system market owing to their need to curb operational expenditure. In addition, their plans for expanding to new regions and scaling operations can induce the need for Linux OS.

Regional Analysis

North America to Dominate Global Linux OS Market

North America is expected to reach a stellar valuation for the market owing to presence of large companies and potential of open source applications across industries of fintech, healthcare, and automotive. It can exhibit a CAGR of 18.7% over the forecast period. Presence of players such as Red Hat Inc. and IBM Corporation as well as adoption of server farms by financial organizations can bolster the market demand.

Europe to Follow North America

Europe can continue to be a steady source of revenue for the market owing to the preference of large number of users on the control of software and applications. With major operating system manufacturers moving towards the as-a-service model, empowerment of users given by Linux can drive its sales by a considerable amount. Adoption by SMEs and governments in the region can provide a boost to the market. France, Germany, and the U.K. can be the biggest revenue generators of the market.

Competitive Landscape

Global Linux Operating System Market is highly competitive in nature owing to the majority of the products being developed for free. Companies are hiring brand managers for better positioning in the market and attracting high-end clients. Customer testimonials and carried messages through advertising are strategies to be witnessed in the market as well as expansion goals of companies to increase their reach.

List of Key Companies Covered in this Report

  • Arch Linux (U.S.)

  • IBM Corporation (U.S.)

  • Debian (U.S.)

  • Manjaro (U.S.)

  • Ubuntu (U.K.)

  • Red Hat Inc. (U.S.)

  • elementary Inc. (U.S.)

  • SUSE (Germany)

  • Linux Mint (U.K.)

Recent Developments

  • The Linux Foundation Public Health Initiative by the Linux Foundation has allowed open source code to be used in the development of contact tracing applications for aiding healthcare workers. It will be based on Google Apple Exposure Notification (GAEN) System and will support it from tracing to quarantining. COVID Shield and COVID Green are two of the biggest applications deemed to come out of the collaboration of companies onboard this initiative.

Report Overview

Global Linux Operating System Market report compiled by Market Research Future (MRFR) looks at the various upgrades undergone by the operating systems and changing requirements of individuals and enterprises. It looks at growth engines, challenges, trends, and novel opportunities for software developers building on the operating system. The report has been segmented on the basis of type, device type, and application:

By Type

  • User Mode

  • Kernel Mode

By Device Type

  • Server

  • Workstations

By Application

  • Enterprise

    • Large

    • SMEs

  • Individuals

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

18.5% is the recorded CAGR of the market.

The market will be growing during the period of 2020–2027.

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.

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