Video: a good year for open source in 2012

As every good schoolboy knows, 2013 was a very good year.

Such a good year in fact that if you wanted to jump out of a space balloon, be a Korean pop star, run for a second term as US president, take part in the London 2012 Olympics… it was pretty much all possible.

Google’s Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review reminds us just how much really has been going on over the last twelve months and it makes for pleasant viewing.

Meanwhile back on Earth, not all of us live on YouTube and some serious development work has been going on in the open source arena.

Where Google is there to remind us to search for picture of cute polar bears, The Linux Foundation is on hand to remind us that…

Goldman Sachs reported late last week that Windows has gone from dominating 97% of the computing market to 20%.

Android leads while Apple takes up second place.

The Goldman Sachs report reads as follows, “Microsoft faces an uphill battle (though not insurmountable) given it lacks meaningful share in either tablets or smartphones and as such will need to rely on its appeal to knowledge workers to help drive adoption as its complement ecosystem will remain behind the iOS and Android platforms at least over the next 6-12 months.”

Linux Foundation VP Amanda McPherson’s blogs on the state of the open source nation and says that part of the reason Linux is experiencing so much success is because of the “network effect” created by its collaborative development environment.

“Embedded engineers work on power savings for their devices; that same code is then used in the datacenter to lower power bills. The defence industry improves the real time capabilities of the Linux kernel and automakers benefit and add to it,” said McPherson.

“Because Linux has no branding restrictions Android (of the Kindle or a Chromebook) can be Linux without you knowing its Linux. This freedom allows companies to innovate at a pace that is simply unmatched,” she added.

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