IBM developerWorks has an article (Linux: Lean, clean, and green: How GNU/Linux is becoming more eco-friendly - 26 May 2009) which examines some of the Green benefits of the Linux operating system. It focuses primarily on the low resource demands Linux has on systems (as well as its support for older systems), thus extending the life of machines that would otherwise be junked. Also discussed is virtualization and aspects of the Linux OS that reduce power consumption in servers.
Additional Green Linux and Open Source resource:
- LessWatts.org - Saving Power on Intel systems with Linux
- Ten ways Linux can turn you green. 2009
- Green Computing With Open Source Software. 2009
- Open Source is Already Naturally Green: Fewer Lawyers, Fewer Showers, More Real People Add Up to Big Green Wins. 2009
- Is Linux the Greenest Operating System. 2009
- Go Green, Save Green with Linux. 2008
- Linux captures the 'green' flag, beats Windows 2008 power-saving measures 2008
- Canadian Green Party: Part 1: Building the Green Economy: Open source computer software. 2008
- Green Euro MP supports call for better access to open source software. 2008
- CIO Blog: Green ICT for local government. 2008
- Old PC + Linux = Green Computing. 2007
- Green Linux (working group organized by the Linux Foundation to improve power management in Linux).
- IBM: Project Big Green Linux: Reducing costs by reducing consumption.