Evans Data surveyed over 1,000 software developers in the People's Republic of China and now believes the country is emerging as one of the world's Linux strongholds.
Almost half of those surveyed (44%) have already written applications for Linux, and one in eight said Linux will be their primary OS target next year - an increase of 176% on the previous year, Evans said.
Linux is not the only OS to benefit from a move away from Windows in China, Evans said. Ten percent of developers said their primary host will be a Java virtual machine.
The Chinese government has been promoting the use of Linux for some time and has developed a version that it plans to use in place of Windows and Unix on all government PCs and servers.