LinuxCon: Tracing Linux's Roots, Mapping Its Future

1 - LinuxCon: Tracing Linux's Roots, Mapping Its Future
2 - Linux a Widespread Success
3 - Linux Statistics
4 - Red Hat CEO Explains Benefits of Being Open
5 - Microsoft's New Linux Mission
6 - Torvalds Credits the GPL for Helping Linux Succeed
7 - Linux Foundation About More Than Just Linux
8 - IBM Details Blockchain Use
9 - Unikernels Beginning to Emerge
10 - Bubble Hockey in the Exhibit Area
11 - Toronto the Last Stop for LinuxCon North America
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LinuxCon: Tracing Linux's Roots, Mapping Its Future

LinuxCon speakers made it clear that Linux is about more than just an OS. It is about a wider market of open-source technologies that Linux helps enable.

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Linux a Widespread Success

Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, used his time on the LinuxCon keynote stage to firmly declare Linux the most successful software project in history.

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Linux Statistics

Zemlin provided some impressive statistics about Linux. There are 53,000 source files in the Linux kernel. Linux powers 90 percent of the world's stock exchanges and benefits from the contributions of over 3,900 developers around the world.

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Red Hat CEO Explains Benefits of Being Open

Red Hat is the largest Linux vendor, by revenue, and the company's success is intertwined with the 25-year history of Linux. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst used his time on stage to talk about how a seemingly odd connection, like the U.S. Navy's need for a real-time OS, ended up helping the financial services community and the broader Linux market.

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Microsoft's New Linux Mission

For much of Linux's history, Microsoft has been the arch-nemesis with a mission to extinguish Linux. Microsoft is embracing Linux and, according to Wim Coekaerts, corporate vice president of enterprise open source at Microsoft, the new mission is to enable, integrate, release and contribute to open-source software.

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Torvalds Credits the GPL for Helping Linux Succeed

Linus Torvalds provided insight to LinuxCon attendees about the highlights and lowlights of the last 25 years of Linux. In his view, the GPL (General Public LIcense) under which Linux is licensed has been a key enabler of Linux's success. "I love the GPL and see it as a defining factor in the success of Linux," Torvalds said.

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Linux Foundation About More Than Just Linux

While the Linux Foundation started out as being just about Linux, the organization now helps support and operate projects across the open-source landscape including cloud, container, networking and virtualization efforts.

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IBM Details Blockchain Use

Among the projects the Linux Foundation now hosts is the Hyperledger blockchain effort. IBM Fellow Donna Dillenberger discussed how the company is using blockchain to help verify accounts payable transactions across IBM suppliers.

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Unikernels Beginning to Emerge

An emerging idea in the OS space is that of the unikernel. Docker engineer Amir Chaudhry detailed the idea of how a purpose-built kernel, known as a unikernel, could help optimize performance while reducing the attack surface for an application.

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Bubble Hockey in the Exhibit Area

While the idea of games in an exhibit area isn't new for any technology conference, there was a Canadian content infusion at LinuxCon this year with a bubble hockey game.

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Toronto the Last Stop for LinuxCon North America

During the closing keynotes, Jim Zemlin announced that that the LinuxCon event was being renamed "Open Source Summit" for 2017. Next year's event is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles.

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