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Microsoft breaks into list of top Linux code contributors

Microsoft makes it on the list of top Linux code contributors. Also, new Ubuntu version makes waves and two enterprise Linux giants celebrate milestones.

Microsoft breaks into list of top Linux contributors

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.

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