Linux: Strong and getting stronger
At the Linux Foundation's annual collaboration summit in San Francisco on Wednesday, Executive Director Jim Zemlin kicked off the event with some interesting perspectives on the state of the Linux marketplace today.
The short version: Linux is going strong and getting stronger.
According to Zemlin, the macro-economic trends have played to the strengths of Linux and open source. Few can dispute that Linux is cheaper to procure and run in comparison to proprietary platforms. This applies not only to end users but also to device manufacturers and development shops building platforms.
Would Google be the company it is today using proprietary technologies like Microsoft.NET? The answer is likely not. Service providers in any form (aka cloud providers) need to maintain control over their platform and only Linux and open source allow for that control.
Because there are new devices in the market and the nature of client computing is changing in the industry, Linux is much more attractive.