Over on the Red Hat site there’s an article by Alex Pinchev, President of Red Hat Global Sales, Services and Field Marketing, and Inna Kuznetsova, Director, IBM Linux Strategy, called “Red Hat and IBM Celebrate 10 Years of Global Partnership.” It’s a pretty nice summary of the joint work that our two companies have undertaken in the last decade, including, for example, the fight to get ODF and other real open standards adopted around the world.
Last summer when I spoke at LinuxWorld I discussed a bit of the Linux history of the last ten years and made some predictions for the next few. Linux goes back much longer, of course, but I think that it is now undeniable that
- Linux can handle the toughest enterprise operating system tasks
- Even its former foes are now seeking strong co-existence, though remaining tough competitors
- While I would be the last to suggest that 2009 is the year of Linux on the desktop, it’s becoming a solid contender and leading to interesting configurations on netbooks and in virtual environments.
So as IBM and Red Hat blow out the ten candles, I’ll note that the next decade is looking even stronger than the last. It’s been a great trip so far, and about to get even better.