FairfaxIT: A second look at Linux

“I WAS wrong. Last Decem-ber in this column I made 10
predictions for 1999. One of them will not happen.”

“The prediction was a negative one. I said that Linux, a newish
operating system gathering a lot of publicity, would not in fact
amount to much and that it would have no chance of challenging the
big players.”

“I now believe that Linux will be very big, and that it
constitutes the biggest threat to the established order since the
Windows NT boom began about four years ago.”

“Why have I changed my mind? First, let me explain why I thought
Linux would not be important. A significant amount of my work over
the past six or seven years has involved a detailed analysis of the
hardware and software in widespread use in corporate and government
organisations throughout Asia Pacific.”