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Linux Foundation CEO: Linux is "fastest growing platform"

Apr 09, 2009, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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."

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