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Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation

Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, The Linux Foundation

By Jim Zemlin

Businesses across China are adopting Linux at a brisk pace. According to the latest figures from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker (Q4 2012), Linux growth in the country outpaces the worldwide average where share has grown from 9.2 percent to 33.2 percent over the past decade.

The reason? Globally, businesses like those in China are looking more closely at Linux for new computing workloads such as Big Data, cloud and mobile. Linux is an easier and more cost effective choice than other operating systems, like Windows or iOS. Plus, it already powers most devices and key infrastructures such as smartphones, sensors, data centers, social media sites, and even automobiles.

My organization – The Linux Foundation – recently surveyed over 1,200 businesses for our 2013 Enterprise End User Report. We found that 80 percent of enterprises have long term Linux commitments, 73 percent are using Linux to run mission critical applications, and 72 percent are planning to use Linux for Big Data.

For reasons like these, it should be no surprise that IBM this week is opening its first Power Systems Linux Center in China. The company is working with Red Hat and SUSE at the center to help software developers put their applications on the Linux operating system using the latest IBM Power Systems.

Perhaps the most important aspect of the new center will be the focus on Linux skills development for clients, business partners, academics and students. The hands on training and support from RedHat, SUSE and IBM experts are certain to produce new software applications that we haven’t seen before. It can also lead to further innovation of Linux itself, which is one of the lasting benefits that will continue on through this center.

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