Linux reaches datacentre maturity but still lacks enterprise desktop credibility

Cliff Saran

With Linux now 20 years old, the free, open source operating system appears to be going from strength to strength.

Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager of SUSE, said Linux has grown from a promising operating system (OS) to one that is now pervasive. Through websites and portals such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, someone experiences Linux every day, he said.

While HP is still pushing HP-UX, IBM still makes Aix, and Oracle ships Sun hardware with Solaris, Linux has established its credentials as a viable alternative to proprietary Unix servers.

Linux runs on the mainframe, making the platform cost-effective for applications such as SAP. But in the UK, desktop Linux remains elusive, with most enterprises choosing Windows desktops and virtual desktop infrastructure.

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