"My good friend Maggie Biggs at InfoWorld posed an interesting
question: what will Linux look like in five years? I have a
simple answer: it won't look like anything. In fact, with any luck,
Linux should disappear."
"I confess my answer is half prediction and half wishful
thinking. I would like to see Linux disappear, especially from the
desktop. No, I haven't torn up my Linux fan club membership card.
And I do expect people to run Linux on the desktop. In fact, I
believe Linux will eventually displace Windows on the desktop. I
just think that when that happens, most users shouldn't have to
know that they're using Linux. They shouldn't have to know they're
using an operating system at all."
"Face it. A huge number of computer users don't know why they
are buying the latest and greatest versions of Windows; they just
buy it because it's the latest and greatest. When it comes right
down to what they use the computer for, the operating system only
gets in their way. They don't want to be computer users. They want
to correspond with business associates and friends via email. They
want to browse the Web. They want to play games. They need to write
documents or operate vertical applications. But they don't want to
do all the tedious maintenance a computer requires -- and they
shouldn't have to. Computers are computers, after all. They're
supposed to automate the tedious task, and there's no reason why
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