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Catb.org: World Domination 201

Jan 04, 2007, 01:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric S. Raymond, Rob Landley)

"In the 1990s Linus Torvalds used to give a talk called World Domination 101 on the early steps he believed Linux would need to take to achieve 'world domination--fast.' We've made a lot of progress since then, but Linux desktop market share remains stuck below 5%, which is too low to garner support from hardware vendors in some critical areas like graphics and wireless hardware, and too small a political base from which to effectively oppose software patents, hardware DRM, and other horrors. For those within the Linux community, World Domination 201 is about how to take advantage of an opportunity to go the rest of the way. For those outside it, this is a warning of what's coming if we fail.

"When 8-bit microcomputer hardware stopped selling, it took 8 bit software down with it. The end of 16-bit hardware undid the dominance of DOS, and the end of 32-bit hardware spells the end of the road for Win-32. What will replace 32 bit Windows as the next dominant OS has yet to be decided..."

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