The cloud delivers inexpensive storage capacity and elastically scalable, pooled computing resources that can be harnessed on demand and at very low cost. This has made it viable to perform sophisticated analytics over huge volumes of data that were never even thinkable before. Linux is the dominant OS in cloud computing.
Linux was initially released in 1991. Community-based projects are tough to out-innovate. The open-source community will continue to lead the cutting edge of big data projects.