The Genius Of Linux Is Community, Not Technology


2013 was the year of Linux in everything. Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin declared that Linux’s ubiquity has reached every corner of computing. “From smartphones, tablets, consumer appliances and cars, to the open cloud and high-performance computers, to gaming platforms and more, Linux was, and is, literally everywhere,” Zemlin said.

How did Linux spread to every corner of the world of technology? After all, Linux never truly realized its initial promise as an old-school desktop operating system destined to take down Microsoft and Windows. Kernels and code are only part of the story. The omnipresence of Linux comes down to it’s far-ranging ability to inspire and unite a community, rather than to superior technology.

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