Benzinga  Nov 21  Comment 
Red Hat Inc's (NYSE: RHT) expected revenue growth faces a significant risk from a sales slowdown for its core Linux operating system, an analyst said Thursday. Jefferies' John DiFucci launched coverage on Red Hat with Hold rating and $58...
Cloud Computing  Nov 11  Comment 
The OpenNebula Project has just announced the Beta release of vOneCloud, a CentOS Linux virtual appliance for vSphere that contains all required OpenNebula services optimized to work on existing VMware vCenter deployments. vOneCloud is for...
TechCrunch  Nov 11  Comment 
 Red Hat recognizes the changing face of enterprise computing involves containerization technology and to that end, they announced a Beta release of their Linux container platform called Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host. Containerization is...
Forbes  Nov 10  Comment 
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is known for creating microcomputers that run on Linux, have a low cost and are built on a single board. Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the Model A+ microcomputer, which is smaller and cheaper than its...
Forbes  Nov 7  Comment 
When Docker launched a year or so go, it was laser focused on taking an existing technology (Linux containerization or LXC) and building a modern application-centric ecosystem around it. Docker caught the attention of enterprises, startups and...
The Economic Times  Nov 7  Comment 
The company is working on many other highervalue offerings, which would work not only on Microsoft platforms but on various Linux platforms.
Forbes  Nov 3  Comment 
Open source is a great thing. It’s certainly an awesome way for a fledgling project to gain some momentum – one only needs to see the rapid growth of Linux, OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and Docker to see the benefits that open source brings.
Forbes  Oct 31  Comment 
Android, the smartphone operating system that emerged almost from nowhere as a rival to Apple’s iOS, is perhaps the best known example of “open innovation”. Others are Linux, the software platform to which Android owes so much, and the...
TechCrunch  Oct 10  Comment 
Remember when we mentioned that Netflix streaming would soon finally, finally work on Linux? (That is, it’ll work without requiring a bunch of trickery to convince Netflix you’re running something else.) Read More
New York Times  Oct 10  Comment 
Plus, making text bigger in Google Maps.


Linux is perhaps the most famous example of open source technology. Linux refers to both an operating system kernel, and to the suite of software which surrounds it. See the article on open source for more information about the open source technology approach and its impact on businesses.

There are three broad categories of relevance for Linux:

  • Servers, where Linux is a popular operating system. In September 2008, Steve Ballmer (of Microsoft, which competes with Linux) estimated that Linux has a 60% market share on servers. [1]
  • Embedded computing, such as smart phones, digital video recorders, and other electronics, where it competes with operating systems such as Windows CE and QNX.
  • Personal computing. Here Microsoft's Windows dominates, and Apple's OS X is a minor contender; Linux has minimal market share.
    • Linux has relevance to low-power, low-cost netbooks, however.

Affected Companies


Some companies such as Red Hat and Canonical distribute Linux operating systems directly and sell support. Others distribute environments based on Linux, such as Google's Android for cell phones and Chromium for netbooks and similar embedded devices.

Application developers

Many enterprise software vendors develop software which runs on Linux (and sometimes other platforms), such as:


Many Internet-facing technology companies use Linux for their servers.

  • IBM is a major user and supporter of Linux.
  • Google uses Linux extensively.

Many other technology companies will use Linux to power their devices.


Microsoft competes with Linux on servers and in the embedded device market. If Linux begins to gain significant market share on the desktop, it will affect sales of the Windows operating system.

Apple competes with Linux on cell phones through Google's Android operating system, and will likely see competition for their iPad from the related Chromium operating system (also based off Linux).

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