2012 has turned out to be a year of epic world ending proportions for Linux. I mean it seemed like the end of the world when Microsoft announced support on Windows Azure for Linux. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you’ve missed out. Really, Linux has made some huge strides this year and a few “old” milestones and this year of Mayan proportions also marks some milestones for Pinehead.tv! Curious what you’ve missed over the year?
Here’s your epic year of events for Linux, not in any specific order of course.
Apparently all it took for Steam to get serious about Linux was Microsoft building a highly controlled Windows environment for Windows 8. Windows 8 was barely in developer preview when Valve’s CEO Gabe Newel promised to bring Steam games to Linux and FAST. Less than 6 months later and Steam is about to go into mass beta tests. It has long been discussed that one of Linux’s greatest downfalls in the desktop market was a lack of desktop games.
I will not even dare to voice an opinion here. Miguel de Icaza wrote an article titled What Killed the Linux Desktop and it made a few ripples in the Linux world. I honestly have no opinion but I believe that some healthy discussion is always good for innovation.
After 20 years of development the Linux 3.0 kernel was released! And with version 3.3 we saw some Android functions being included into the Linux kernel. Even though Android is very DRM based the Linux community has very openly embraced Android as the “Linux” tablet operating system.
Free software doesn’t mean everything is free. Redhat proved that year when it surpassed a BILLION dollars in revenue 1.13 billion to be exact. It’s a popular belief that everything in software should be free, but as we can see a real free software pay support package supports not companies building open source but open source innovation in itself. Congrats Redhat; through the years it’s been tough but this is an amazing achievement!
It was a big year for us at Pinehead too! We launched the Linux Academy in the second half of 2012. Since then our Linux lessons have been watched over 1000 times while our members have spent over 300 hours working on the servers that come with the Linux Academy. And in 2013 we are planning on some awesome new features and lessons!