Just as the Web has won the platform war for applications, Linux will win for operating systems. For applications, you cannot beat the zero-install and zero-upgrade advantages of the Web. And for operating systems, you cannot beat Linux for high reliability at a low cost.
As pundits have long predicted, given a good Web browser, it does not matter what desktop operating system you run beneath it. Now, we see the corollary to that position: Given a modern Web architecture on the server side, it does not matter what operating system you run to host it. And it just so happens that Linux can reliably and cheaply handle both jobs! In the cloud, that translates to significant cost savings.
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