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."