Five reasons 2012 was a great year for Linux

27.12.2012, von Katherine Noyes

The end of the year is always a good time to take stock of where things stand in any niche or field, and is no exception.

There's no doubt that there have been challenges for the free and open source operating system over the course of 2012--the Secure Boot challenge  comes immediately to mind--but so, too, have there been numerous successes.

All in all, I believe the good has outweighed the bad for Linux this past year. Here are five specific reasons.

1. One *billion* dollars

Perhaps most obvious among Linux's accomplishments this year was the fact that Red Hat finally and officially attained its long-anticipated status as the first billion-dollar open source company. That's a testament not just to Red Hat's own business acumen, but also the fact that Linux can be profitable--and that's a big deal for increasing future business interest in the platform.

2. The Digital Divide