2018 was one of the best times for Linux and Linux Open Source. At the same time, one could say that it was one of their worst years. The top five Linux posts within 2018 will let you decide:
Last January, there were many exhausted and angry Linux kernel developers, because a fundamental chip design error caused Linux and all operating systems using Intel processors big security problems known to us Spectre and Meltdown.
Intel's refusal to let developers work openly with each other has led to huge delays in resolving issues. Greg Kroah-Hartman, Linux kernel manager, explained: “When we have a kernel security bug, we want the right people, we work with distributions to create updates. This time it did not happen. "Intel backed SUSE, backed Red Hat, and Canonical, and Oracle and we were told nothing."
Linus Torvalds, chief developer of Linux, added that with "security issues that do not open, we could not use our usual open methods, which made the errors much more painful than they should be".
Specter's problems continue until today, and repairs cause significant slowdowns in Linux and all other operating systems.
IBM has made the largest software market for all time, since it has paid 34 billions of dollars to buy Red Hat. This agreement was not about Linux but IBM wanted an opening to the cloud, container, and Red Hat Kubernetes.
Will it work? It can. IBM has made a bet with her becoming dominant in the hybrid cloud. On the other hand, if IBM had not made the purchase, it would continue towards its long and slow decline.
Even now it is hard to believe that Linus Torvalds took a break from programming the Linux kernel. For almost 25 years, Torvalds was the benevolent dictator of Linux development, and the only way most could imagine going away was if a bus hit him.
It turns out that his absence came to good because he helped him to realize that something was not going well in the way he chose to manage.
Torvalds said: "I have to change my behavior and apologize to the people who hurt my behavior. Maybe I will avoid the complete development of the nucleus ".
Torvalds was not missing much, and when he returned, he brought with him a new code of ethics for Linux core developers.
You may know that Linux is the operating system based on Google's Chrome OS. This makes Chrome OS, the most successful Linux operating system today.
2018, Google has made it possible to run native Linux with Chrome OS simultaneously, following Microsoft, which allows Windows 10 users to run Linux with Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). So 2018 Linux came as a built-in add-on to other operating systems.
Microsoft opened the patent portfolio and bought GitHub.
By joining the Open Invention Network (OIN), an open source patent consortium, Microsoft essentially agreed to grant an unlimited license throughout the patent portfolio to all other OIN members.
This was the biggest news for Open Source and Linux in general for 2018, not the removal of Torvalds from core development.
Of course there are many who believe that Microsoft can back up Linux and open-source at some point.
But with this move, Microsoft has released its (own) multi-billion dollar intellectual property on Linux.
It was undoubtedly a good year for Linux and Open Source. We hope that 2019 will bring even greater surprises. Do you tell us to see the distribution of MS-Linux sometime?