Blog Poll: What Operating System Do You Run Your Development Database On?

Blog PollIn this post, we’ll use a blog poll to find out what operating system you use to run your development database servers.

In our last blog poll, we looked at what OS you use for your production database. Now we would like to see what you use for your development database.

As databases grow to meet more challenges and expanding application demands, they must try and get the maximum amount of performance out of available resources. How they work with an operating system can affect many variables, and help or hinder performance. The operating system you use for your database can impact consumable choices (such as hardware and memory). The operating system you use can also impact your choice of database engine as well (or vice versa).

When new projects, new applications or services or testing new architecture solutions, it makes sense to create a development environment in order to test and run scenarios before they hit production. Do you use the same OS in your development environment as you do your production environment?

Please let us know what operating system you use to run your development database. For this blog poll, we’re asking which operating system you use to actually run your development database server (not the base operating system).

If you’re running virtualized Linux on Windows, please select Linux as the OS used for development. Pick up to three that apply. Add any thoughts or other options in the comments section:

What operating system do you use to run your development database?

  • CentOS 7 (21%, 336 Votes)
  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (20%, 317 Votes)
  • CentOS 6 (10%, 165 Votes)
  • Debian 8 (8%, 133 Votes)
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (8%, 121 Votes)
  • Windows Server (6%, 94 Votes)
  • Other (5%, 76 Votes)
  • RHEL 7 (5%, 74 Votes)
  • MacOS X (3%, 51 Votes)
  • RHEL 6 (3%, 51 Votes)
  • AWS (RDS and Aurora) (3%, 49 Votes)
  • FreeBSD (3%, 41 Votes)
  • Debian 7 (2%, 26 Votes)
  • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (or earlier) (1%, 23 Votes)
  • CentOS 5 (or earlier) (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Solaris (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Debian 6 (or earlier) (0%, 5 Votes)
  • RHEL 5 (or earlier) (0%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,200

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Thanks in advance for your responses – they will help the open source community determine how database environments are being deployed.

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Comments (8)

  • Jouni Järvinen

    Appears to be broken cuz when I tick Ubuntu 16.04 and click ‘Vote’, it complains I didn’t give a valid answer. Obviously I can’t be answering with the others.

    July 19, 2017 at 6:31 pm
    • Dave Avery


      Thanks for the heads up, we fixed the issue. FYI, if this happens again you can always vote on the main page, the poll is the same.

      July 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm
  • Alan

    I’m probably in a minority, but I couldn’t imagine development on anything but Arch Linux these days.

    July 19, 2017 at 9:05 pm
  • Ben Kochie

    What about Debian 9 (Stretch) 🙂

    July 20, 2017 at 5:50 am
  • Hassan Schroeder

    Highly surprising that MacOS isn’t on the list, given that most devs (in this area at least) use Macs.

    July 21, 2017 at 1:15 pm
    • Dave Avery


      Great point, an oversight. It’s added now!

      July 21, 2017 at 6:08 pm
  • ozgunkadin

    Centos 7 candır gerisi heyecan 🙂

    August 7, 2017 at 2:19 am

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