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Why GNU/Linux is Unmatched � and Unmatchable

Jun 14, 2010, 12:46 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Today, GNU/Linux runs on just about everything that has a processing chip, from the smallest embedded system, through smartphones, ARM-based netbooks, laptops, multiple desktop architectures, servers and mainframes to the mightiest supercomputer – 91% of the top 500 systems run some form of Linux. Recent additions to the Linux family include Android-based tablets, Internet radios and TVs (and not just from Google).

"What's interesting about this move – aside from the big names backing it – is that it is consciously trying to create a *common* collaborative platform for embedded systems, recognising that the bigger the ecosystem, the lower the costs and the greater the competitive innovation that is possible at higher levels of the stack. What applies here is equally true for the world of Linux as a whole: standardising on it allows companies to draw on the huge range of existing tools and pools of expertise to cut costs and decrease the time it takes to bring products to market."

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