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Steve Ballmer called Linux 'cancer, which attached itself... to everything it touches,' in 2001 and oh-so-rightly.    
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Monday, September 02, 2013 Rolled out as 'just a hobby', Linus Torvalds has released the first Linux version 22 years ago, which he said would not be 'big and professional'. Cut to 2013, Linux dominates most part of the functions in the world today. The most popular mobile OS is based on Linux (Android), including servers and clouds.

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Steve Ballmer called Linux ‘cancer, which attached itself... to everything it touches,’ in 2001 and oh-so-rightly.

ReadWrite.com exclusively spoke to Eucalyptus CEO, Marten Mickos and Cloudera chief strategy officer, Mike Olson to help put open source in perspective.

Commenting on the ever growing power of open source, Mickos said, “People didn't know what it was, how it worked, why people did it, how it could produce great software, etc. That's why the LAMP stack made it onto the front page of Fortune Magazine—it was so new and intriguing. Incumbents fought it. Now they embrace it (or at least pretend to). Those who did open source just did it. Back then it was relatively few projects with relatively few people in them. Today there are probably 100-1000X the number of projects.”

Born as an alternative way to develop and distribute software, Linux has changed. Olson says, “I've been pleased to see the ideas behind open source migrate to other important domains, and for APIs to become a kind of currency in the way that source code used to be. I think that open source was really a way to adopt the principles of scientific collaboration—i.e., publish your results, let your peers review and refine your work—to a field that badly needed it. I hope—I believe!—we are doing the same thing now with data and, to some extent, to services via cloud APIs.”

Talking about the biggest things to happen in the field of software development, Olson spoke about GitHub, the popular code repository. He adds, “It's been really interesting to watch git emerge. I think of myself as pretty deep in software, but I really wasn't paying it any attention five years ago. Remember when "fork" was an insult? Git encourages forking. It's changed the way that open source projects work by fomenting more diversity.”

Mickos said that while it is right that open source allows like-minded people to collaborate but actually it is all about letting unlike-minded people to collaborate. Even if you do not like each other, you can produce codes for the same product.

Mickos also points out that Torvalds’ penchant for blunt, sometimes harsh, criticism is one of the factors for the growth of open source. “When people complain about your open source project, you need to hear them as saying "I would love to love you, but right now I cannot. If nobody is opposed to your open source product/project, you are not really being popular... If you on a sustaining basis can truly love harsh feedback and if you can truly show enthusiasm and appreciation for contributions of whatever magnitude and type, you can be wonderfully successful in open source.”

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