Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation, is one of the platform's most vocal cheerleaders. He never misses an opportunity to point out that many important emerging trends in the technology industry are contributing to Linux growth and adoption. During his keynote address at the recent Maemo Summit in Amsterdam, he suggested that the trend towards mobile convergence is favorable for the open source software operating system.
As netbooks and smartphones redefine the boundaries of computing, he argues, Linux will take on even greater importance. Although he says it's not clear what kind of form factors will dominate when the dust settles, he's convinced that Linux will become the dominant platform of the transforming mobile and embedded ecosystem. Thanks to greater flexibility, freedom from lock-in, and lack of licensing costs, he believes that Linux "enables consumer electronics like no other platform."