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LinuxWorld: New Year predictions and VMware revisited

Jan 07, 2001, 22:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Well, it's predictions time again -- and boy, is it easy this year. My first prediction is that we will see the 2.4 version of the Linux kernel arrive early in 2001, and version 2.4.1 arrive by the middle of the year. Version 2.4.1 will include support for the Reiserfs journaling filesystem, as well as a host of other nice enhancements. Unfortunately, 2.4.1 will not include the ability to create a core dump of all running threads when a multithreaded application crashes, nor will it include the ability to assign each thread its own process identification. I predict that people will submit patches for those features, but Linus Torvalds will not approve them, so the next kernel will not implement them."

"I predict that this is the year Sun will license Java under the GPL as part of a multiple licensing scheme. The open source community will continue to shun Java on the grounds that it's not true open source -- community members will still resent the fact that Sun wants to approve changes to the official Java platform before they are implemented."

"... But far more of you than I thought need to use VMware. There seemed to be two uses of this software that topped the list. First, VMware makes it easy to develop a single application for multiple platforms, since you can do all of your development and testing at the same workstation. Second, you can provide technical support for that application on all the supported platforms at a single workstation, as well."

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