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What Linux Did In the Cloud and On Desktops in 2012

Dec 21, 2012, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Tozzi)

I was surprised, however, that the Linux Foundation paid such relatively little heed to the success of Linux and other open source technologies in the cloud over the last year. With the establishment of the OpenStack Foundation and the maturation of Big Data platforms including Hadoop and Ceph, open source has seemingly cemented its toehold in the cloud market.

Perhaps this news didn’t make the Linux Foundation’s list because it doesn’t exactly involve Linux specifically. These technologies are open source, but they’re not based on the Linux kernel. Still, their prevalence in enterprise cloud infrastructures means Linux, too, will continue to remain highly relevant in these environments, since it’s so tightly integrated with platforms such as OpenStack and Hadoop.

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