Monday, October 22, 2018

Red Hat underpins the growing importance of Linux and open source

While you may not spend a lot of time thinking about this, the role that Linux plays in the technology that we all use everyday is growing quite significantly. In an effort to more fully appreciate this, I had an opportunity to speak with the new Vice President and General Manager of Red Hat's RHEL Business Unit -– Stefanie Chiras -- and ask about her vision for RHEL and Linux in general. She was very enthusiastic and not just for Red Hat but for the open source movement overall and the rising importance of Linux.

Dr. Stefanie Chiras started with Red Hat in July – not quite 4 months ago – and already describes herself as a “true Red Hatter”. She explained that she has had a serious focus on Linux for the last 6 years or more. As she points out, we all do development differently these days because of the open source movement. The changes in just the last five years have moved us to very different ways of doing things whether we're working on public or private clouds, containers or bare metal.

During the interview, I learned to properly pronounce “RHEL” which I’d in the past always expanded to its full name (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). Stefanie Chiras and probably everyone else at Red Hat simply says “rel” as in the beginning of “relevant”.

Dr. Chiras was most excited about joining Red Hat at what she sees as a pivotal point with Linux providing greater stability and security and the rapid current of innovation. Developers are increasingly turning to Linux for rapid deployment using tools such as OpenShift for rapid delivery.

Linux is everywhere

While we may not think about this very often, Linux is playing an increasingly important role in all of our lives. In fact, it has become one of the most important pieces of computer software in the world and even those of us who don’t own or manage Linux systems probably use it every day -- on our phones and tablets, through the web pages that we frequent, when we check into our friends’ facebook pages, find our way to web sites using Google, or research topics on Wikipedia. Those of us who manage Linux systems have probably noticed that we're not so much the oddballs on the tech staff that we were five or ten years ago. The systems we set up and manage are moving to the mainstream and providing more important services than they ever did in the past.

What this means to us

Linux skills are increasingly valuable. Regardless of the technology in use, the OS is just as important as ever -– on every platform and not at all diminished.

How everything comes together is vital and exciting. Open source and Linux in particular have dramatically changed the computing world and brought us to an increasingly flexible, powerful and fast moving technological landing pad. Developers and Linux pros are as important as ever. Put on your seat belts and try to keep up. We're all going places and the technology that's moving us forward is very exciting.

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