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The State of Linux at LinuxCon in 2012

Linux use on server technologies continues to rise, chipping away at both Windows and Unix shares. Though in Zemlin's view, Linux today is about much more than just the server.

"Open source and Linux have become fundamental to the way people create new technology," Zemlin said.

The two major shifts in computing today, mobility and cloud, both have Linux as essential components. Zemlin also took a polite jab at VMware, which is a member company of the Linux Foundation, and is just wrapping up its own VMworld conference this week.

"While the suits are up at VMworld talking about product roadmaps, the geeks that are building the next generation of technologies that will enable the cloud are all right here," Zemlin said. "It's Cloudstack, OpenStack, oVirt, Chef and all those technology projects that are at the leading edge foundation of IT and are rapidly becoming permanent components of the way software is built."

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The State of Linux in 2012

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.