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Microsoft and Oracle are losing out to Linux and MySQL while cloud computing's not exactly taking off, according to the latest survey of Eclipse users.

The number of those building software using a PC running Linux has grown by thirteen percentage points in three years to almost a third, while those using a machine running Windows has dropped by 16 points to 58 per cent since 2007.

Ubuntu is by far the most popular Linux, with 18.3 per cent, with Fedora second on 4.7 per cent. Mac OS X, meanwhile, is used by 7.9 per cent.

And while Oracle is number two behind MySQL as developers' primary deployment database, Larry Ellison's giant has tumbled while MySQL - which Oracle took ownership of during the year since the last survey of Eclipse developers - has grown.

Oracle is used by 21.6 per cent of programmers, compared to 27.3 per cent last year, while MySQL has extended its number-one status with 31.8 per cent, up from 27.7 per cent.

Eclipse noted MySQLers are likely creating RIA applications, using Linux on their desktop and programming with PHP or C/C++ instead of Java.

Despite the hype, meanwhile, cloud computing is an option for just a handful of developers inside enterprises. While 12.1 per cent are already deploying some applications to a cloud infrastructure - Amazon's EC2, Google's AppEngine or a private cloud being the most popular - the vast majority, 58 per cent, said their organizations have no plans to use cloud.

Eclipse based its results on 1,696 completed responses. You can see full results from the survey here (warning: PDF). ®

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