Stack Overflow reports that more developers now use OS X than Linux as their primary OS, and that if the trend continues, fewer than half of all developers will be using Windows next year.


Last year, Mac edged ahead of the Linuxes as the number 2 operating system among developers. This year it became clear that trend is real. If OS adoption rates hold steady, by next year’s survey fewer than 50% of developers may be using Windows.

The site says it carried out ‘the most comprehensive developer survey ever conducted,’ with more than 56,000 coders across 173 countries taking part.

In mobile development, more were still developing for Android than iOS – 61.9% versus 47.5% – but Swift is now used by almost a third of developers. Swift was also the second most loved language after Rust.


There are many more stats to be found in the full survey results.

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