IT Product experts will tell you that for a viable business, you need to solve problems that urgent, pervasive, and the market is willing to pay to solve. I wonder if Linux Torvalds ever envisioned the extent of the market problems Linux would be solving or the pervasiveness it would have on IT? Linus grew up in Finland (I've been there), and I can attest that Finland is a colder place than it looks. Could someone from a place that feels as cold as the polar ice-caps really have such a grand vision? Maybe so, as this is the same place where real reindeer exist, and where good ole' St. Nick supposedly resided. I bet many of you have been using Linux in some way for a long time, and just didn't know it. In fact you may be singing to yourself, "Linux, I just met you, and this is crazy...!" If you don't believe me, read on...
Linux is based on "open-source" use, but has also been the basis for many, many enterprise offerings and continues to grow an enormous rate, bringing more gifts than even Santa Claus.
Consider the likes of these companies that are contributing to Linux:
The above contributors are only a sampling, as the Linux Foundation tracks over 700 companies, that are contributing code today. Dell's Software Group is also a contributor, as Dell has grown its software portfolio through multiple aquisitions.
How pervasive is Linux? Consider some of these larger products that use or embed Linux .
When you really think about the pervasiveness of Linux and how and where it is being used, it is incredible -- and it's not just for webservers, databases, applications, networking, and high performance computing. Even just a few years ago, how many were using Android devices? Linux really is at the heart of the biggest IT trends -- Big Data, Cloud, and Mobile, and the IT problems it solves through mass community contribution will continue to get bigger and better. IT professionals also love Linux, because companies can't get enough of their skill sets. Santa, wherever he is, I am sure is proud of "Linux", the Finnish born masterpiece.