Programmers prefer Red Hat's version of Linux by a wide margin over others' versions, a study by Evans Data has found. Of 300 surveyed about which version of Linux they'd use for setting up a Web server or application server, 77 percent said they'd use Red Hat, the study found.
German Linux version SuSE and French Mandrake tied for second place, with 22 percent each. Caldera's Open Linux won 21 percent. FreeBSD, a version of Unix with a related open-source programming philosophy, garnered 20 percent. Debian won 18 percent, Slackware 13 percent, TurboLinux 11 percent and Corel Linux 8 percent, the study found.