Director of the Linux Foundation: Microsoft, we have already won everywhere except in desktops. The battle is over

Linus Torvalds began developing an operating system kernel in April 1991, has since gone exactly twenty years - and now the battle is over, said in an interview about the upcoming anniversary of Jim Zemlin (Jim Zemlin), executive director of the Linux Foundation.

Except only desktops, the Linux operating system already became the leader in all markets, including servers, mobile systems, supercomputers, etc. “I think the more we do not need so much to fear Microsoft, - said Zemlin. - They used to be a serious contender, but now it’s like kicking a puppy.”

Microsoft shares recently stagnating, which is especially evident on the background of shares of Red Hat, growing by leaps and bounds.

According to Zemlin, on the eve of the anniversary well look back and assess how far Linux has passed over these twenty years. It all started with a humble little project student from Helsinki, and Linux now provides 70% of global stock trading and the lion’s share of traffic on the Internet, whether it’s Facebook, Google or Amazon.

Linux runs in consumer electronics such as TVs and video cameras Sony, plates Amazon Kindle, smartphone Android. Free operating system is used everywhere: from tiny embedded microcontrollers to giant supercomputers, where the lead Linux does phenomenal: more than 90% of systems from the list of Top 500 run under Linux.

Linux dominates in all categories of computing devices, except for desktop computers. This is the last bastion of Microsoft, where she still controls about 90% of the park, the rest is shared Mac and Linux. According to Zemlin, the failure of Linux on the desktop was “a disappointment for many.” But the good news is that the role of the operating system on desktops gradually shifts to the browser, and traditional PCs in general are gradually losing their importance, and areas where Microsoft has the market (smart phones and tablets), come to the fore. Now, many people no longer work with smartphones than ordinary PCs.

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