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Linux's Future: Observations by a Linux user

Jan 12, 2010, 19:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Jensen)

"Having been inspired by the Neowin original two-part article, "Microsoft's Future" by Max Majewski (part one and part two), I decided that a look at where Linux stands now, and what the future may hold for it.

"In 1991, Linux was created with a announcement on a Minix Usenet group by Finnish student Linus Torvalds, stating that he was looking for feedback on a free operating system he was developing. A following started, and people began to submit code back for inclusion into the project. The hobby grew legs of its own and, over the years, turned into the powerhouse community that it is today. Large corporations rely on Linux. Businesses make money selling Linux services. Linux is starting to make an appearance almost everywhere.

"A bird's eye view of the penguin.
Let's start by looking at where Linux is strong, and where it needs improvement. I am going to exclude boring technical aspects from this list. This is a list of things that affect marketability and suitability. While the advantages of ext4 over ext3 may be a topic some find interesting, if it reads/writes a FAT removable media, the world is happy and could not care less about ext filesystems."

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