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The Linux Foundation's grand new ambitions for Linux

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Like a fervent preacher appearing before his flock, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin emphasized benefits and potential for the Linux platform Thursday during an industry conference that also featured an update on mobile Linux efforts. At the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in San Francisco, Zemlin cited advances by Linux into multiple spaces, including supercomputing and embedded systems. "It is the fastest growing platform in every aspect of computing," Zemlin said, "Linux is growing two to three times faster than any other platform out there today."

He also stressed Linux's potential on the desktop. A changing view of what constitutes the desktop, with it encompassing possibly everything from laptops to phones, browsers and maybe even cars, also benefits Linux, he said. "What we sort of claim every year [is] that this will be the year of the Linux desktop. It's time to start asking yourselves: what is the desktop," Zemlin said. Linux, he said, is "redefining the client entirely," something proprietary competitors such as Windows cannot do.

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