Linux has moved from the fringes of IT to the core of the clusters that run "70 percent of global equity trading," and many of the Internet's largest entities, including Amazon, Google and Facebook, he said.
Maybe so. It has certainly moved into a lot of areas no one ever expected – embedded devices, the kernel of smartphones, large data centers, small VMs that launch from USBs and everything in between.
It and the open-source movement from which it emerged and of which it is the most successful representative, have scaled to the point that Linux community partners, not commercial developers, are the ones at risk of having their intellectual property stolen, copyrights infringed and patents violated, Zemlin said.
The Linux Foundation is starting its celebration of the 20th anniversary of Linux, created by then-unknown coder Linus Torvalds, who published his kernel source code, then issued it under a General Public License.
In the ensuing 20 years it became the largest collective software development project in history and the scourge of commercial vendors including Microsoft and Oracle, that tried to suppress open source with as much FUD as they did products from commercial competitors.
They found out people like the price of Open Source, and the ability to change it to meet their own needs, especially if they can see that work picked up and advanced by others and feel as if they contributed something to a community that created a revolution just by existing.
Want to see the video? The Story of Linux: commemorating 20 Years of the Linux Operating System.