Microsoft breaks into list of top Linux contributors
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Microsoft was listed for the first time on the annual list of top 20 contributors to the Linux source code, according to the Linux Foundation. Coming in at 1% of the total 15 million lines of code, Microsoft placed No. 17 on the list. Individual contributors with no company affiliation contributed 16% to take top spot followed by Red Hat, Intel, Novell and the broad group "unknown."
Many of Microsoft's contributions came in the form of driver support for Microsoft's Hyper-V platform. Some feel that, though this contribution is primarily helpful to Microsoft's own needs, it's a nice concession to users of Hyper-V that want to run Linux.
Latest Ubuntu aims for enterprise Linux server deployment
In a recent blog post, Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth announced that the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 includes a Metal-as-a-Service (MaaS) tool designed to help with hyperscale deployments. Shuttleworth said as servers move toward low-power processing nodes, it makes sense to treat them as a cloud, which is something the lean Ubuntu does well.
Ubuntu's new version embraces this increasingly popular scale-out approach to data center growth. The MaaS tool will allow administrators to deploy changes across a large number of nodes quickly. Add the open source, license-free nature of Ubuntu and there's high incentive for an enterprise to consider adopting Ubuntu or switching from a competitor.
Enterprise Linux giants Red Hat and SUSE celebrate milestones
This week marked enterprise Linux developer SUSE's 20th anniversary and reaching 15,000 customers - its highest customer base yet. Red Hat, too, celebrated a milestone at the end of March by becoming the first open source company to reach the $1 billion mark. Both of these achievements speak to an increased demand for open source software in the enterprise.