"I'm not an expert on Linux devices. I'm not even an expert on
Linux. I've used Unix and (lately Linux) as an applications
developer, and my experience has primarily been with databases and
application programming languages. However, I believe that my
concurrent exposure to both Java and Linux has given me a few
insights that may be worth sharing with those interested in
"These are my postulates:
The poor performance of Linux stocks in recent times is not an
indicator of poor prospects for the Linux OS, but an index of its
extremely high value to consumers as opposed to vendors. Spurred by
demand, Linux will spread everywhere, first on servers, then on
devices, and finally onto desktop systems.
Reports of Java's death have been greatly exaggerated. Java has
never been stronger, and in fact, is becoming ubiquitous. Java is
strongest on the server, but will make a strong play for the client
once more, riding on the backs of browsers supporting Java 2.
The web has obsoleted traditional client/server architectures,
and proprietary systems based on them are already old technology.
Windows 2000 is a prime example. The web paradigm will speed the
adoption of client devices that rely on open, Internet