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osOpinion: World Domination by Linux

Oct 19, 1999, 14:36 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ganesh C. Prasad)

"Why it's unlikely to happen. And why it isn't necessary."

"We have now reached the stage when Open Source has given its skeptics pause. Linux and Apache are now the objects of awe, not ridicule. The Open Source model is acquiring a mystique rather than the dismissive disdain it attracted as recently as 1998. Now the pendulum is in danger of swinging in the opposite direction, with predictions from many quarters that Open Source software like Linux will completely wipe out commercial rivals in a few years. What Linus Torvalds jokingly referred to as World Domination is being seriously considered by many as an actual possibility."

"Let us try and forecast whether and when that will happen. We will divide the operating system market into 6 segments and examine the likelihood of Linux dominating each."

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