In many ways, Blockchain has emerged as a new Linux revolution in many ways. One of the most successful open-source projects in history, the Android, is also a result of blockchain platforms following a path similar to Linux.
Linux is the most popular and the most widely used open-source platform used globally. It began as a software kernel in the year 1991 by a Finnish programmer who had an idea of making a Unix-like operating system for IBM compatible PCs. While experimenting with the OS Linux, he wanted to develop a Unix OS for his PC that overcame the limitations of Minix. The result was an OS that is widely trusted today. It immediately received tremendous support from the open-source community. In comparison with the widely popular OS of Microsoft and Apple, Linux was more technically compelling.
Linux is popularly known as the OS that goes by the ethics that software should be free. Today, Linux is not just an OS, it is the codebase that supports many technologies powering most of the IT systems. It is the single most crucial open-source technology in the world that we have today.
Linux owes its success to open-source GNU project. GNU produced the tools, compilers, debuggers, and shell implementations necessary to build a Unix-like operating system. Linux glued all sorts of technologies, developer tools, and software development kits together to create the most pragmatic technology platform in the world.
Blockchain: The New Linux
Blockchain could be called the new Linux revolution majorly because of its nature of being open source. It is a new open-source phenomenon. When Android devices, running on Linux Kernel, communicate with each other on cloud, they communicate with large-sized data centres. It established its importance since then. It is natural to understand that the blockchain technology would also have a similar future, considering the similarities between the two. The technology is definitely like a Linux-like adoption and seems to follow a similar
Any open-source platform has an advantage. It ensures the trust of its users. Blockchain having the same policy will bring about a greater adaptability among people. It makes sense to think that blockchain will be similar to the Linux revolution because of the data that is put to organisations to make use for their own marketing purposes. Most personal data is treated leniently and there is no importance to privacy even by the largest organisations today. This is where an open-source platform comes to the secure. It helps to maintain the transparency of data. Blockchain will allow businesses to share sensitive data securely without involving a middleman.
Don Tapscott in his book titled “Blockchain Revolution” talks about profound technological shift that will change how the world does business, and everything else, using blockchain. It is going to transform every industry and managerial function, redefining the ways organisations manage their workflows. It is the technology that every business professional today must understand. Because of no requirement of a trusted third party to be virtually immutable, it could potentially result in cost savings.
The Blockchain revolution can be posited as a Linux-like revolution, it’s greatest advantage being it is open-sourced. It could bring in the advancements that Linux has provided since its inception in 1991. This revolution will impact many different industries. It may present with new tools and change the landscape of the industries. Blockchain is expected to be the new open-source technology spreading across enterprise IT business environments. Only time will tell how much of a Linux revolution the Blockchain revolution is capable of being.
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