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Jim Zemlin: “Linux will thrive as we meet the next 20 years head on”

When Linux User & Developer asked me to be the guest editor for its 100th issue, I was really honoured to participate. In today’s media environment, 100 issues is an eternity. But the magazine’s milestone represents both its own success and the ongoing market demand for news and information about

New developers and IT professionals are discovering the Linux operating system for the first time every day, and veterans are learning new ways to deploy and use Linux for the world’s most sophisticated enterprise workloads and to build a plethora of devices.

Unlike ten years ago, college graduates today are finishing school equipped with some Linux knowledge and preference. This is giving Linux new opportunities to advance in the enterprise, on the mobile desktop and in embedded devices. is reporting that demand for Linux knowledge is on the rise among employers, and resources like Linux User & Developer and its peer publications, as well as industry events and Linux training programs, like the one we offer, are helping meet that demand – among college grads as well as mid-career developers and IT professionals.

It was also a natural decision to contribute to Linux User & Developer’s 100th issue because it coincides with the 20th anniversary of Linux. The actual anniversary doesn’t come until later this year, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t started celebrating. The Linux community knows how to have a good time, and we’re hoping some of the activities we’ve planned will give folks ways to contribute to this important milestone that we’ve together all made possible.

I often describe Linux as the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing. But, will we be able to say that forever? I think so. Today, the Linux kernel is providing the foundation for collaboration and innovations ranging from Android, MeeGo and webOS in mobile, to high availability systems and cloud computing in the enterprise, to amazing Linux distros (like the top ten featured in this issue). And, with new developers and sysadmins joining the ranks every day, Linux will most definitely thrive as we meet the next 20 years head on.