Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happy Birthday to Tux

So Linux turned 20 the other week.

A lot of people would say ‘so what’, but, Tux is the little penguin that could.

Look in just about any data centre and you’ll find it there, running some device or another. Quietly just chugging away doing its job without any fanfare and without any of the attendent ‘fuss and bother’ that goes with Windows infrastructures.

I guess that’s the problem.

Linux is so competent at what it does in the data centre that no one really pays any attention to it.

It’s kind of like walking into a noisy bar full of loud-mouthed wannabes telling everyone how good they are, how they can do it better than everyone else and how they’re the best and biggest in the world and over in the corner having a quiet drink is a 10th Dan Black Belt.

He doesn’t need to tell anyone anything - he KNOWS he’s the best in the room. The thing is everyone else knows it too, they just can’t let anyone else know that so they beat their chests even louder like a troupe of highland gorillas - or monkeys bouncing around on a stage.

I know that Linux hasn’t made huge inroads onto the desktop, but, its there, having carved out little niches and happily owning that space.

When you’re watching Happy Feet 2 in Novemburr just remember the little penguin that could had a lot to do with bringing those little penguins to the screen.

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