Has Linux become fat? According to CoreOS founder and CEO Alex Polvi, the answer is an emphatic “Yes!” As Linux workloads become ever more specialized, the need for a general purpose Linux distribution declines. Or, as one friend told me, “CoreOS is an existential threat to the Linux distributors.”
The future of Linux, in short, may require an extensive diet. Fortunately, Linux’s open source nature makes this kind of crash diet not only possible, but healthy. Whether it’s equally healthy for the business of Linux is another matter.
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