"During the 2010 think tank in Napa, the cloud was very
present. One of the question was about the "threat" that the cloud
represents for Open Source. This is funny because some very well in
informed participants mention some key statistics. The major player
in the cloud field, namely Amazon and Google, run an open-source
(linux based) solution for their cloud.
"Some unofficial statistics mention that more than 90% of Amazon
EC2 instances run ... Linux. At some point, one could define the
cloud as an Open Source OS + Open Source virtualization.
"Why open source matters ?
"Price of a computing cycle, bandwidth, RAM and storage are
going down because of various factors including Moore's law
(processors, memory) and unprecedented market size increase :
developing countries are now entering in the digital age and
crossing the digital divide."