Future Open Source Superstars

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| Open source gets a lot of flack for not having the open source billionaires
| club that exists in commercial proprietary software. I think what will be
| telling thing in the future will be be the number of profitable open source
| companies and their success rate relative to proprietary companies launched
| since 1990. I suspect that these companies will illustrate that this new
| method of developing applications isn’t about building the next Oracle’s and
| Microsoft’s but about building profitable, sustainable companies without the
| need for huge amounts of capital.


Days ago:

A Rosy Future for Open Source

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| This attitude toward open source represents a dramatic change from the norm
| just 10 years ago. In my consulting work, I still encounter people who
| hesitate to use open source, asking who was responsible (and thus could be
| sued) if the software didn't work. Of course, I haven't heard of too many
| people successfully suing Microsoft for buggy or insecure software. But this
| question used to come up all of the time. Now, it would seem, IT managers
| realize that the term "open source" is not at all synonymous
| with "bad," "buggy," "insecure," or "insufficient for real business needs."


Linux everywhere

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| Take yesterday as a case in point. I checked the order status of my Elonex
| One, and sent an email to see if my order for the One can be upgraded to the
| One+ (bluetooth, and bigger internal memory). I then caught the train to the
| Queen Elizabeth hospital, watching the in-train tv which is powered by some
| Linux flavour (given the error message I saw a few weeks back). Visiting my
| friend Simon at the QE, he’s spotted that the tv/phone/internet screens that
| each patient has are powered by Linux. This is of course when he’s not
| tapping away on his Asus EEE, and hopefully writing the next Da Vinci Code
| (only better).


Linux is truly everywhere

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| I spent a long time smiling about the Linux bootup screen that I had just
| seen. To begin with, it reminded me that Linux, and other open-source
| products, are now everywhere. Linux is no longer for the uber-geeks. It's not
| just for system administrators and programmers, either. Linux is now at the
| core of mainstream appliances, there even when you don't think that a
| computer or operating system might be involved. * *
| [...]
| Finally, Moore's Law and the general trend toward cheaper and faster hardware
| means that Linux now fits into even more places than it did before. We
| normally think of Linux as an operating system for servers, or even for
| desktop computers. But we can expect Linux to be at the heart of a growing
| number of appliances, from video-on-demand devices to digital video recorders
| (e.g., TiVo), to cellphones (e.g., Android and OpenMoko). The Linux-powered
| refrigerator, with a built-in bar-code scanner that can tell you how long ago
| you bought milk, isn't far behind. * * *