"Whitehurst told the LinuxCon audience that the general view of
Linux coming from analyst groups is that Linux has done a solid job
and is a viable alternative to tradional stacks. He noted that to
him, that doesn't tell the whole story.
When it comes to new workloads, Whitehurst said that Linux
dominates and will drive platform choices for years to come.
Whitehurst noted that the biggest lesson that he has learned as
the CEO of Red Hat is that while Linux is great technology it is
the innovation that it enables that is its greatest strength.
"Linux, because of its nature and it's 'free as in beer', allows
people to try new things and it enables new levels of inovation
that couldn't have happend before," Whitehurst said. "Companies
like Google would not exist if it were not for Linux."