Linux at 30: Its Impact on Kubernetes, Cloud and Edge - The New Stack

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What makes Linux the backbone of modern software? Why, at a geriatric age for tech, is its reach and scalability only growing?
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This August, Linux turned 30. That single decision to open source the Linux kernel meant that hundreds of thousands of developers and operators have directly and indirectly contributed to it — making it, perhaps, the single most significant codebase. Its dominance is so great — from Linux desktops to Windows OS to Android devices to the edge — that it's estimated about half the world's population is considered a Linux user, even if most of them don't even realize it.

How is it the future of not only legacy systems, but Kubernetes, edge computing and the Internet of Things? And how can it grapple with security across increasingly distributed systems?

We talked to two Linux-philes and SUSE colleagues: Alan Clark from SUSE's Office of the CTO, working in emerging technologies and open source, and Matthias Eckermann, SUSE's director of product management for Linux Platforms. They reflected on their careers working with Linux and why it is the future of open.

How are modern technology trends like cloud native and Kubernetes dependent on the Linux operating system?

Matthias Eckermann Matthias is director product management Linux Platforms at SUSE.

Eckermann: There were a lot of things built on Linux from the beginning, which we are now using. If you say everything is cloud native, that is only half of the game, because there are billions of Linux systems installed and used that are not cloud native. What I see is a continuum of very traditional workloads, up to extremely cloud native. And the funny thing is that all of this can be served from the basis of one operating system that has the capacity to scale into multiple directions. Scaling Linux is not only meant in terms of…
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