Open Source Systems Grow/New Operating Systems Launch, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Long-term commercial operating systems such as Windows and UNIX continue to face serious competition from Linux.  The increasingly popular Linux, originally launched by a Finn named Linus Torvalds, is a free and open operating system spreading through corporate data centers like wildfire. The phrase “open source” is used to denote the fact that the vital programming, or source code, underlying the software is open to all programmers, typically at no cost.  This makes it easy for a programmer to adopt or modify the code for his or her own purposes.  In the most open software projects, each developer shares any…

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