"Similarly, he suggests that desktops could be displaced by a
new class of mobile Internet devices. He points out that Linux has
gained tremendous ground in the mobile and embedded computing
space, where it is used by countless consumers in popular devices
such as the TiVo and Amazon's Kindle.
"In the enterprise, Zemlin says that the robustness of the Linux
platform and its powerful support for virtualization technology
will continue to boost its relevance. Linux is ready for
high-volume mission-critical computation, he says, and he cites an
impressive example to punctuate this point: the Chicago Mercantile
Exchange has used its Linux-based infrastructure to process over a
quadrillion dollars in financial transactions.
"Zemlin also took advantage of the keynote to take
less-than-subtle jabs at Linux's competitors. He showed one of
Microsoft's recent commercials, which featured a cost-concious
consumer buying a Windows-based computer to avoid the higher price
of a sexier Mac. Zemlin remarked comically that this could be the
first time ever that Microsoft has attempted to compete on
price—a battle that Zemlin believes Microsoft will ultimately
be unable to win against Linux."