"Microsoft Corp.'s Bill Gates says the future of computing lies
with the PC, and Oracle Corp.'s Larry Ellison claims we will all
move to thin clients. But while these two rivals battle over where
computers will go, John "maddog" Hall, executive director of Linux
International, said that his technology crystal ball shows that
both Gates's and Ellison's predictions will come true with a
"Hall believes the world will move toward what he calls
"ubiquitous computing" where users take advantage of all kinds of
different computing devices -- some of which they hardly know are
there. Speaking at the Apache Con conference held here this week,
the Linux operating system evangelist painted a picture of truly
"Mr. Bill who lives in Redmond says the future is the PC,"
Hall said of Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect.
"When he says PC, he seems to be talking about something running
Windows or Windows NT."
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