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Top 5 Linux Predictions for 2012

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Linux continues to grow both its reach and credibility among enterprise IT users and customers, bringing competition, price and time-to-market pressure and options to key markets such as cloud computing and mobile software. Looking at the coming year for Linux, these are the key areas to watch: cloud computing, Platform as a Service (PaaS), Android, the automobile industry -- and not the desktop.

Prediction 1: Linux cloud domination will grow.

Linux and accompanying open source software will continue to dominate cloud computing, whether through the top enterprise Linux server vendors increasingly focusing on the cloud; other cloud OS options that may leverage Linux; virtual Linux or machine images on any number of private or public cloud options; or the use of unpaid community Linux. Linux and other open source software underpins nearly all cloud computing offerings, whether Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), PaaS, public cloud or private cloud. There are no signs of this trend slowing. In fact, with continued popularity of the Linux Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) machine image (AMI) and projects such as OpenStack, it appears Linux and open source are only growing their presence and impact in cloud computing.

Prediction 2: Linux cloud dominance will be most prevalent in PaaS.

Broken Logic Jay Layman is the latest to lose his way. He finds 4 predictions showing FLOSS going everywhere except on the desktop in 2012.

It’s not a zero-sum game. FLOSS doesn’t get used up somehow because it’s successful in the cloud, and mobile. FLOSS gets excited, drawing in new talent and more users sharing the joy. FLOSS is on fire and it will grow as long as there is fuel and oxygen.

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