What is open source and why Linux is the operating system of the future

It’s more secure, has fewer bugs, and is more flexible. The Open Source u open source is a software model that is based on collaboration and a word that for many in the industry is the key to the future: free.

Free means, in many cases, free. But the most interesting focus is not limited to gratuitousness, but to the possibilities offered by open source programs for inclusion and participation of users. And this means solving problems more efficiently.

Open source it is a collaborative methodology to create technology. There are communities and developers worldwide who freely create software, learn from each other, communicate, question and make continuous improvements”, Explains Jorge Payró, manager of Red Hat in Argentina, one of the world’s largest open source software companies.

“Thousands upon thousands of open source contributors around the world use this creation method based on intellectual freedom to generate innovative technological solutions with rapid implementation, which are taken to the most prestigious business areas “, he adds.

The problem with these concepts is that they are little tangible: What does open source look like? How do we understand what a type of technology that is not as familiar to us as Windows, iOS or Chrome OS?

Here, a dialogue with Clarion to understand what this culture is about and which way you are giving the future of computing.

How Linux is different from Windows

 

GNU / Linux has different open source distributions. Photo Pexels

─Why would a company use open source instead of, for example, Windows or the most popular operating systems?

─ Precisely one of the advantages that open source has is work collaboratively with other platforms. Although it relies on Linux as its operating system, developers who work on solutions through this work methodology do so by thinking in different forms and ways that adapt to all types of spaces, including Windows, iOS, Android, and so on.

─Many companies like Amazon use Linux distributions on their servers. Why?

Not just Amazon, in the case of the cloud, but also in Azure Microsoft, a high percentage of virtual machines are based on Linux (A virtual machine is software that allows you to emulate the operation of a computer within another computer). Secondly, Amazon Web Services y Google Cloud Platform They offer various Linux distributions in their images available to the public. It happens that since IT (Information Technology) systems and workloads are increasingly complex, the underlying architecture and operating system must be reliable and flexible, as well as based on performance. Linux is the stable foundation for all IT workloads and deployments, whether traditional or innovative, from bare metal to virtual environments, cloud or container.

Does Linux open source make it more versatile for different uses?

─Of course, Linux is open source, which means that everyone can run, study, share and modify the software, furthermore the modified code can also be redistributed, and even sell. Linux continues to be the operating system of the future, and more and more systems depend on its stability and expandability.

─What are the advantages of using open source software?

─First, More control and flexibility. It allows you to examine the source code of the software and modify what is needed. It also enables greater purposes of use. Plus, it’s more secure: errors or omissions can be detected and repaired more quickly by programmers and this type of software. is constantly updated in the face of innovations and threats, which allows offering a better response time than proprietary software. On the other hand, it is collaborativeSince open source is publicly accessible, IT professionals collaborate with each other and develop their skills together. It is also more common for best practices to be made public. Finally, it is more stable– Open source software is key for long-term projects as users can be sure that their tools will not disappear or go bad if their original creators stop working on them.

Open source makes it easy to work collaboratively to find solutions to common problems. Photo Pexels Open source makes it easy to work collaboratively to find solutions to common problems. Photo Pexels

What is Red Hat doing on that map?

─Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source solutions for businesses and organizations, with a community-driven approach to delivering reliable, high-performance technologies such as operating systems Linux, Open Hybrid Cloud, Containers and Kubernetes.

─In other words, they adapt the systems that companies use and give them stability, something that is always challenging when working with codes.

─Red Hat invests in the most innovative projects that are born from the developer community, certifies and adapts them to a business format, offering reliable, agile and high-performance technologies for infrastructure, hybrid cloud, middleware, storage, and virtualization. For this, in addition to our technologies, we offer Transformation and Acceleration services to accompany our clients.Another of the differential values, in addition to the technologies, is linked to our culture style is aligned with our business model, based on open source or code opened. Since its inception and with more than 16,000 associates around the world, Red Hat culture is one of our most important competitive advantages. At Red Hat we build and promote every day an open culture because it defines the way we want to engage with our partners, customers and communities.

─There is a key concept in the industry which is that of “hybrid cloud.” What is it?

─Hybrid cloud describes the joint use of both public and private cloud platforms. It can refer to any combination of cloud solutions that work together in local and external environments to provide computer services from cloud to business. Thanks to the hybrid cloud environment, public or private organizations access the benefits of both types of cloud platform, choosing which one they want to use based on specific data needs. Cloud service providers can provide both private and public cloud options in a hybrid cloud service, and the private cloud can be hosted locally or externally. Alternatively, organizations can host their own private cloud on premises and also use external public cloud services to different data requirements or during spikes in demand. There are many different options possible, and tight integration between public and private clouds is always essential for the hybrid cloud environment to be successful and for businesses to scale with ease.

RHEL, the open source operating system. Red Hat Photo RHEL, the open source operating system. Red Hat Photo

─What well-known services or companies use Red Hat?

─Some of our clients include the three leading telecommunications companies, all commercial banks, and government agencies, among others. (ANSES, BBVA, Santander, Galicia, Hipotecario, Arsat, Telefónica, Telecom, Claro, Swiss Medical Group, Medifé, Ministry of Health of the Nation, Andreani, among others). We offer consulting services, technical support and first level training 24×7 assistance. 100% of commercial banks, airlines and telecommunications companies of the global Fortune 500 use our services.

─Red Hat’s operating system, RHEL, is a Linux distribution. Who uses it?

─In telecommunications companies, governments, health entities and in many other industries, RHEL has become the central platform on which organizations base their technological deployment to run their business. Specifically, in the case of the public sector, the infrastructure, the operating system and all solutions must be prepared to maintain some on-premises workloads and support cloud development. This is one of the reasons why the adoption of systems like Red Hat Enterprise Linux has grown exponentially. Today more than ever, it is expected that governments and their agencies can also move between the two worlds with greater agility, efficiency and transparency in their efforts.

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