More than just an operating system, Linux has become a movement leading the open-source charge.
Written by Chris Smith
When IBM consolidated its midrange server platform in 2008, it was perceived largely as a convergence of the System i and System p, or AIX, operating systems onto a single hardware platform. The fact that Power Systems would also run Linux appeared as a somewhat gratuitous concession to the growing worldwide interest in open-source software, a trend that was a polar opposite to IBM's traditional proprietary architectures. More than three years later, Linux has emerged as the next up-and-coming star, its presence quietly creeping into embedded systems everywhere and onto enterprise servers in the world's largest organizations.