CeBIT 2010: Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin Outlines Reasons for Linux's Success
Mar 05, 2010, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"At the Open Source Forum of CeBIT 2010, the Linux
Foundation's Jim Zemlin named three reasons for Linux's success. He
also identified three possible challenges for the free platform.
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""Every occupant in the Western world, every stock exchange uses
Linux daily," Zemlin began his talk, "whether it is in a Google
search or a mobile phone." After 18 years of existence, Linux is
ubiquitous, Zemlin reported.
"He continued by supporting his assertion with facts: 2,700,000
lines of code went into the 2009 kernel. Ninety percent of the
kernel authors work primarily on the Linux core, which has long
since lost amateur project status. It would cost a company $10.8
billion to build a Linux kernel from scratch, while Linux firms are
already earning $50 billion annually in the enterprise market."
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