It's time to embrace change in the IT world. Linux, for many, is ushering in a new age of reason. Its cost, stability, and open licensing make it a clear choice for those wanting to save money or shore up their service offerings. Companies, large and small, are turning to Linux to lower costs, leveraging existing hardware with virtualization, and making better use of people resources through cross-training on Linux systems. There's no denying the recent 'move to Linux and open source' trend.
VMware, Dell, and Microsoft are the most recent converts to the whimsical world of Linux and open source. In fact, Microsoft is totally committed to its deal with Novell and support of the SUSE Linux lineup.
But why the sudden move this direction? Is it a trendy move or a paradigm shift?
I believe that it's a true paradigm shift.
In the 1980s, there were SCO Unix computers everywhere. In the late 1980s, everyone moved to Novell servers from SCO Unix. In the mid-1990s, Novell was out in favor of Windows servers and now the trend is toward a Linux model. Novell abandoned its NetWare software in favor of Linux and Microsoft is also making progress in the Linux realm.
This is one trend I foresee sticking around for more than just 5 years or so. Linux is still growing and becoming--yet to reach its true destiny although I think that cloud computing is close.
Change is what the IT industry thrives on and will continue to thrive on for years to come. Embrace it and thrive. Deny it and perish. Innovation and change drive each other. Linux is innovative and changes with our needs.
How are you embracing change and the Linux paradigm?