Lately Evans Data did a survey that found Microsoft’s Windows platform is losing market and mind share to the Linux platform. In a survey that encompassed over 400 IT people, including managers and developers, almost 13% of developers had fled to Linux and Open Source as their preferred platform for development, down from 74% in 2006 to just over 64% this year.

That isn’t the end of it, the number of Windows developers is expected to drop a further 2-3% by the end of the year.

The affection developers have for the Linux and Open Source platform has risen to by almost 35% year over year, from only 8% to nearly 12%. By the end of the year it’s expected to top 16%.

In a press release this week, Evans Data CEO John Andrews stated:

“If we look back over the 10 year trend we’ve been tracking on OS targeting, it’s clear that a shift away Windows began about two years ago, and the data show that this migration is now accelerating. Linux has benefited, but we also see corresponding growth in niche operating systems for non-traditional client devices. The landscape is changing.”

Oddly enough, no one from Microsoft was available to comment on the findings of this survey.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Javascript is the most widely used scripting language – with more than three times the users of PHP, Ruby, or Python, but use of Ruby is expected to increase by 50% within the coming year.
  • Though targeting is dropping, use of Windows on the development desktop remains steady.
  • A third of North American developers are currently working with virtualization, and 42.5% expect to be adopting this within the next year.