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ComputerWorld: The Source Is Everything

Nov 29, 2001, 21:12 (27 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jeremy Allison for this link. ]

"I predict that Linux will eventually be at the foundation of nearly every enterprise system and that the whole issue of which server operating system to choose will then disappear into ambient background noise. It's not often that I make predictions about predictions, but because the above prophecy is so bold, I'll make an exception: I predict that this will turn out to be one of the easiest predictions I've ever made.

Here's why this prediction will come true: While there are many technical challenges ahead for Linux, there is one overriding factor that makes Linux virtually unassailable by all closed-source competition: Your investment in Linux is protected by the best software warranty on earth, the GNU General Public License.

Here's when the turning point will occur. One IT decision-maker—someone somewhere in Fredonia, Iowa, I'm guessing—will have the epiphany that he has been asking the wrong question about how to protect his company's software investments. You know the question: "Will this vendor be around to support my installation 10 years from now?" That person will represent the tipping point of all IT decision-makers, and then the revolution will come."

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