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Old 12-13-2013, 12:35 PM   #1
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As Netflix Open Sources New Tool, Might it Also Embrace Linux?

As I've reported on multiple occasions, Netflix deserves kudos for contributing some of the most useful cloud computing and networking tools there are to the open source community. For example, the company has released Chaos Monkey, which randomly kills instances in cloud and network architectures in order to help make them more robust. And, Netflix has released Janitor Monkey, a service that runs in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud looking for unused resources to clean up. Netflix has also offered cash prizes for good open source tools.

Recently, Netflix open sourced its Big Data traffic monitoring tool Suro. With all these contributions to open source, isn't it time Netflix embraced the Linux community by fully supprting it?

The one thing Netflix hasn't done yet, though, is fully embrace the Linux community with its own offerings. As The Vary Guy notes:

"It's been a year since an open source hacker got Netflix unofficially working on Linux—and much longer since the company first began talking about offering official Linux support, a promise it has never fulfilled. But given the increasing role of Linux in cloud-based entertainment, could it be time for companies such as Netflix to rethink their shrugging-off of the open source world?"

Amen. We've heard much talk from Netflix about fully realized Linux support, but seen little action. There are solutions for watching Netflix on Linux, but official support and development around robust Linux clients that work like the ones available for other platforms just haven't been there. Maybe that will change as the company continues to embrace open source.
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