Linux offers real diversity on the desktop

Today in Open Source: Diversity and the Linux desktop. Plus: Linux IT popularity, and Linux hobbyist developers

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UK businesses have conquered their "irrational fears" of Linux and the majority now depend on it for some part of their mainstream business applications, a survey of 200 IT executives has found.

The survey was carried out on behalf of Linux stalwart SUSE, so it was hardly going to report poor uptake or interest but the central findings are nevertheless plausible.

More than two decades after its first appearance, an impressive 83 percent of respondents said their organisations were using Linux in their server installations, with 40 percent as the primary server OS.

More at CIO

While I'm very happy to see this, I'm also forced to ask the question: What took you guys so long? Heh. Seriously though, it's quite heartening to see more and more companies coming around and recognizing the real value of Linux to their businesses.

We'll see more and more of this in the years ahead. Count on it.

Linux and Hobbyist Developers

SJVN has a column about the Linux Foundation offering travel reimbursement to hobbyist developers to attend the Linux Kernel Summit.

That said, The Linux Foundation is well aware that there are still programmers who are living on a student's scholarship or are still living in their parents' basement. So, the foundation, wanting to reach out to a younger generation of programmers, is looking for three good developers to send to the next major Linux Kernel Summit in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Theodore "Ted" T'so, a leading Linux kernel developer, announced that, "The Linux Kernel Summit Program Committee would like to put out a call for hobbyists/ This year, we have up to three places to give to people who do Linux Kernel development as a hobby rather than a profession." The foundation's definition of "hobbyist" is anyone who doesn't get paid to work on Linux.

More at ZDNet

I really like the idea of involving young Linux developers in such conferences. It's a way of seeding Linux into the next generation, and laying the groundwork for tomorrow's Linux leaders. Kudos to the Linux Foundation for doing this, it shows some vision on their part.

Good luck to all who apply, I hope you enjoy the conference.

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