"Ever since I became involved in open source in the mid-'90s,
every year has been proclaimed the year of Linux (or something like
that) by some clever commentators or analysts. History is already
proving such predictions wrong, as there has never been a single
year in which open source software made some magical leap from
obscurity to the IT mainstream. Of course there were significant
milestones, such as when Linux caught the attention of Microsoft
and IBM for very different reasons. But there isn't any year that
can be offered as a definitive breakout.
"The prediction cycle has started again, this time on the issue
of the Linux desktop. When is the breakout year...?"