Linux Foundation chief says battle with Microsoft over ... and that Linux is victorious!

Linux Foundation chief says battle with Microsoft over ... and that Linux is victorious!

Summary: Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin claims that the war with Microsoft is over, and that while Linux is ready to admit defeat in the desktop market, it has managed to outpace Microsoft in the server and mobile sectors.

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Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin claims that the war with Microsoft is over, and that while Linux is ready to admit defeat in the desktop market, it has managed to outpace Microsoft in the server and mobile sectors.

"I think we just don't care that much [about Microsoft] anymore," Zemlin said. "They used to be our big rival, but now it's kind of like kicking a puppy."

"I think that on the 20th anniversary, it's worth reflecting back on where we came from," Zemlin said in an interview with Network World. Linux had a "humble start as a project for a college student in Helsinki, to something today that runs 70% of global equity trading, something that powers, really, the majority of Internet traffic, whether it's Facebook, Google or Amazon."

Zemlin went on to say that "Linux has come to dominate almost every category of computing, with the exception of the desktop ... The good news is the traditional PC desktop is becoming less important, and areas where Linux is very strong in terms of client computing are becoming more important."

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Is the desktop still king, or are the server and mobile markets more important in the grand scheme of tech nowadays?

Topics: Microsoft, Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

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  • Not even worth commenting really...

    Sent From My Windows Desktop
    happyharry_z
    • re:Not even worth commenting really...

      @happyharry_z <br>
      And posted on a Linux Server.<br><br>PS. Case in point.
      Return_of_the_jedi
      • which is frought with issues

        @Return_of_the_jedi

        Case in point.
        Will Farrell
      • RE: Linux Foundation chief says battle with Microsoft over ... and that Linux is victorious!

        @Return_of_the_jedi - that email server recently hacked -- did it run Linux?
        HypnoToad72
      • RE: Linux Foundation chief says battle with Microsoft over ... and that Linux is victorious!

        [i]that email server recently hacked -- did it run Linux?[/i]

        You mean the one that had Outlook Exchange on the front end?
        LTV10
      • Linux &quot;WON&quot; the server space????

        That was a Unix monopoly, so to speak, as well as most businesses and Windows server has cut into that like a hot knife on butter. <br>Most Unix installs, or Unix/netware combos in the majority of businesses are long extinct and are happily on Windows Server domains. <br>The backbone of the internet is still *x, sure Linux is going to be the logical and easiest path forward for all of that passive processing. <br>That's the key, if there were any complexity or business needs involved, that would be Windows too. <br><br>So yes, Linux is fine for passive devices. YEAH!!<br>Linux Won and MS is like a puppy they are tired of kicking. LOL!!
        xuniL_z
      • RE: Linux Foundation chief says battle with Microsoft over ... and that Linux is victorious!

        Desktop Linux is a piece of garbage. Server Linux is fine, but fewer people pay for it than for Windows Server. Did Linux win? I don't think so. Will it ever win? Well, unless some for profit company gets behind it, it seems that it won't win anything except the award for having the most ridiculous marketshare on the desktop after 15 years or so.<br><br>Sent from Internet Explorer 9
        nomorebs
      • The fanboys are out in force today!

        @Will Troll

        ZDNet is overrun with MS trolls and shills;
        otherwise it works just fine.

        Your assertion that it is "frought (sic) with issues" doesn't make it so. However it would seem that your MS spelling checker has some issues of its own.
        rahbm
        • The fanboys are out in force today!

          Of course they are. Balmer is busy throwing chairs at all of them right now.
          Why?

          Because Mafiasoft has ZERO mobile market share and Linux has 99.9% of it.
          Less the 1% who are Redmond Fanboys who like to reboot their Doze 8 phones and $hablets!
          ITJohnguru
      • Passive devices you mean...

        @xuniL_z :<br><br><i>So yes, Linux is fine for passive devices. YEAH!!</i><br><br>If by passive you mean the Blue Gene/L and the Tianhe-1, both of which are used for climate prediction, advance material research and economic forecast.<br><br>Ahh, you mean business critical enterprise applications. Created on Windows? Nahh. Those are still on IBM Midrange (AS/400), on Unix clusters (AIX or HP-UX) or, yep Linux (SAP, PeopleSoft, etc).<br><br>So if you mean simple reduced usage server apps for middle management, yep, those are .NET and classic ASP, running on Windows.<br><br>BTW. C level executives are using iPads and could care less what the other levels use on their desktops.
        cosuna
      • RE: Linux Foundation chief says battle with Microsoft over ... and that Linux is victorious!

        Nobody Won

        Sent From

        Apple WinLux using Safari chrofox exploder
        Alan Smithie
      • Cosuna...

        You mean the unix/linux servers that are hacked regularly, like the VA or the defense department losing 20 years of a super secret, super modern aircraft to hackers who go beyond planting malware but outright walk away with top secret data.

        Windows Server and client drives the worlds economy. It's the business apps and client tools that drive the people that create and keep the world moving foward.
        Meanwhile Unix and Linux are serving files and acting as web servers that just let the malware and viruses right on through....free pass on to the end users.
        That's the way to do it...put the nation's security on the shoulders of the end users...that's smart.
        xuniL_z
        • Cosuna... Yep put MicroKlunk WindoZe 7 in your backyard for this result?

          Windows virus causing havoc for school district in Microsoft’s backyard

          http://www.geekwire.com/2012/goblin-virus-causing-havoc-lake-washington-students/
          ITJohnguru
      • Message has been deleted.

        LTV10
    • Windows = Hacked = FAIL

      @HypnoToad72

      Most likely it was a Windows box that was hacked.
      itguy08
      • Maybe and then Maybe Not

        @itguy08

        I have not heard what they are running so you can assume all you want but it doesn't change the fact that the hackers got passed any firewalls or other security they had in place before the server. That is where the real failure happened.

        Anyone know of a firewall that runs with Windows aside from the one built into the OS? Anyone? No? Didn't think so.
        bobiroc
      • Epsilon? they run on IIS

        @itguy08
        but on Citrix Netscaler.

        But to tell the truth, we've read here so many times of Linux mail servers being hacked, but you never come around for those, just the MS ones.

        I take it you're embarassed, or too afraid to defend Linux on those days?

        Just curious.
        John Zern
      • RE: Linux Foundation chief says battle with Microsoft over ... and that Linux is victorious!

        @itguy08 When I first started at my comapany I am at, I found out that they had linux for their web server. <br><br>My job was handling the new website, so I handed the IT person in charge a list of over 250 things I needed it to do...ie, Be abe to access from anywhere in the world, make graphical changes live using drag and drop, open transaction that any interface can understand, have 20 people at once accessing and making changes at the same time to various directories, being able to access without the use of VPN...etc.<br><br>His response, the server can't do most of this, I said Microsoft can, he responded Microsoft is less secure, I said of course, your server doesn't do anything so it would be....heck a turned off server is really secure....lol<br><br>So the moral of the story, do not compare a grape to a watermelon!
        mames1701
      • RE: Linux Foundation chief says battle with Microsoft over ... and that Linux is victorious!

        @itguy08 Actually much like the majority of desktops are Windows ergo the majority of desktops hacked are - I think Linux has point on the number of exploited servers. You would be - or perhaps not - surprised at how many Linux admins thinks that Linux means they don't have to worry about security.
        ITSamurai
      • RE: Linux Foundation chief says battle with Microsoft over ... and that Linux is victorious!

        @John Zern
        "But to tell the truth, we've read here so many times of Linux mail servers being hacked, but you never come around for those, just the MS ones."

        Nah, you don't. Just the same old one that happened at Microsoft, in the same old boring way retold over and over. Linux bigot says MS Mail Server faild. MS bigot says it was Linux. Linux bigot says it's cause MS don't know how to do Linux. Nobody else really cares, but MS is still using Linux servers for certain things because they just work.

        For work, use what works. For personal use, use what you like. For forums, use excessive punctuation!!!!!!!
        jeverettk