Linux 2017: With great power comes great responsibility | ZDNet – ZDNet

January 5, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

In 2016, Linux turned 25. When it began, it was a student project. Today, Linux runs everything. From smartphones to supercomputers to web servers to clouds to the car, it’s all Linux, all the time.

Linux must be secured.

Locking Linux down from attackers is becoming an ever more important job.

Even the one exception, the end-user, is moving to Linux. Android is now the most popular end-user opearating system. In addition, Chromebooks are becoming more popular. Indeed, even traditional Linux desktops such as Fedora, openSUSE, Mint, and Ubuntu are finally gaining traction. Heck, my TechRepublic Linux buddy Jack Wallen even predicts that “Linux [desktop] market share will finally breach the 5-percent mark”.

Of course, end-users have always used Linux. They just didn’t realize that almost all popular websites and many software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications run on Linux.