IBM on Thursday launched a series of Linux servers based on OpenPOWER with the aim of taking big data workloads away from Intel.
The OpenPOWER effort revolves around open hardware designs that run on IBM's POWER processor. The aim of the group, which includes IBM, Nvidia, Mellanox, Canonical and Wistron, is to offer a counterweight to Intel in the data center.
Linux has proven itself to be extremely well-suited for these fields, where high-performance virtualization and secure networking are essential basic requirements. At the same time, the emerging processing requirements of today's high-end real-time computing tasks are straining the limits of Intel-based commodity servers.
KaOS Linux calls itself a "lean KDE Distribution", and it is certainly that, at least in terms of what is actually offered for download. Go to the KaOS Download page and you will find exactly one file (a 1.6GB hybrid Live ISO image) with one desktop (KDE Plasma 5.4) and one architecture (64 bit). No huge 'all-in' 4+ GB installer or tiny 'netinst' core-only installer, no other desktops (not even community editions), and no 32-bit version. Lean and focused.
From those days until today, I have never had a job that didn't give me the flexibility to run Linux as my operating system. I've been fortunate enough to have had managers who were more interested in me being efficient rather than compliant with the company's policy. Every single one of them when they saw me automating manual processes with Perl, awk, bash, sed, would without hesitation say: "Sure, use Linux! Tell me more about it while you are at it."
PCWorld recently published an article about Linux botnets launching DDoS attacks. The attackers find and exploit poorly secured Linux systems. Some Linux users have a fairly cavalier attitude about security, assuming the supposedly superior design of the OS somehow protects them. It doesn't. Now that Chromebooks outsell Windows laptops and Amdroid devices are ubiquitous the days when Linux was a secondary target for malware are long gone. Linux' prominence in both the server room and on consumer devices make it a prime target.