Linux wins big in three coups

Yahoo signs on, a German enterprise plans a 10,000-user switch, and Microsoft reveals Windows' slipping share.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Operating Systems, Linux

April has turned out to be a stellar month for Linux.

Not only are we slated to receive the game-changing and final version of Ubuntu 11.04, or "Natty Narwhal," this week, but three additional coups for Linux have been revealed in the news just in the past week or so.

Need further evidence that Linux is on the rise? Here you go.

1. Yahoo Joins the Linux Foundation

New companies join the Linux Foundation pretty much every week, and that fact alone is a testament to the growing reach and influence of the open source operating system. A big-name addition, however, always causes extra excitement.

Back in January I highlighted the new membership of Broadcom, which was particularly notable because of the company's historical reliance on proprietary drivers in its chipsets, frequently causing problems for Linux users. Following the company's release last September of a fully open and Linux-compatible driver for several of its 802.11n wireless chipsets, its decision to join the Linux Foundation came as a promise that such problems will soon disappear altogether.

Now, however, there's what may be an even more visible boost for Linux in Yahoo's decision to join. With more than half a billion visitors each month in more than 30 languages, Yahoo uses Linux as an integral part of its technical and developer infrastructure. A more high-profile member would be difficult to imagine.

"The Linux Foundation is host to a variety of very important Linux projects as well as resources, tools and events that allow us to maximize our investment in the platform," says Raymie Stata, Yahoo's CTO. "Linux is an important software aspect of the World Wide Web and is one of several components that will continue to be used in the future of computing. Yahoo! is excited to collaborate with The Linux Foundation and its peers to advance technologies that will help Linux achieve its promise."

2. 10,000 German PCs Embrace Ubuntu


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