In 2019, Linux and open source went on a wild run, zDNet columnist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols combed through five big events of the year, from which we can see that the future of technology is still Linux and open source software.
1, IBM acquires Red Hat for $34 billion
At the top of the list was IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat, the largest software company acquisition in history. IBM hopes to combine the power and flexibility of Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud technology with the scale and depth of IBM’s innovation and industry expertise to launch the next generation of hybrid multi-cloud platforms based on open source technologies such as Linux and Kubernetes, allowing enterprises to securely deploy, run, and manage data and applications on both private and multiple public clouds. The acquisition also means that the world’s leading Linux company is now the 34th largest in the Fortune 500.
2. Cloud runs on open source software
Ten years ago, the cloud was more marketing hot than landing. Today, IDC says more than a third of global IT spending is on the cloud. Looking ahead, Gartner predicts that by 2021, half of all global businesses will be in the cloud.
The cloud, most of which runs on Linux, and even Microsoft Azure now acknowledges that Linux runs more than 50% of Azure workloads. On top of Linux, the vast majority of cloud services run on open source programs.
3, Cloud and Open Source
Michael Howard, chief executive of MariaDB, summed up the recent conflict between the cloud and open source, noting that large private cloud companies are mining open source technologies and companies in large numbers, using crude open-pit mining methods.
However, the conflict between the cloud and open source is not really related to poor small open source DBMS companies such as Elastic, MariaDB, and Redis, which are supporting the rapid growth of these DBMS businesses. In short, it’s a battle between big business, and open source software just happens to be in it.
4, Cloud, Kubernetes and Containers
No matter what program sits on the cloud, it can be in a container. Although Docker is micro, its easy-to-use container technology dominates IT. The container orchestration software Kubernetes drowns out all the other management tools when it comes to how people manage these containers. Kubernetes is now used by all major public cloud vendors, all major IT vendors (HPE, IBM, VMware, etc.), and Kubernetes is open source.
5, Microsoft is an open source company
The evil empire is no longer so evil.
In 2019, Microsoft abandoned its proprietary Edge browser in favor of a new open source version based on Chromium. It also publishes the Teams component program on desktop Linux, and strongly suggests that the rest of Office will appear on Linux. Microsoft now has its own Linux distribution, Windows SubSystem for Linux 2.0 (WSL), that works with Windows 10.
In other words, as Linus Torvalds puts it: “The whole anti-Microsoft is sometimes just a joke and funny… Today, they are actually more friendly. I spoke to Microsoft engineers at various meetings and I think yes, they’ve changed, the engineers are happy, they’re really happy to work on Linux. So I totally refute all anti-Microsoft stuff. “
Steven, the author of the article, concludes that open source software is now available in all environments except Apple and Windows desktops. And, as we’ve seen, even Windows is increasingly using Linux and open source. Linux and open source software will rule by 2020.