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Linux: No Longer a Winner? (From Jan 8/07)

Dec 25, 2007, 00:15 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Murphy)

"I was thinking about the future of Linux when it occurred to me that one path for its future can seen as a simple consequence of what we mean by 'winning.' In other words, asking whether Linux will still be a winner in ten years leads first to the question of what we mean by 'winner' and then to an answer about where Linux is going.

"If by 'winning' we mean making your software do what you want it to for your community of interest while seeing your ideas become widely influential, then the lessons of open source history are clear: winners either build in the academic tradition of humbly taking other people’s work forward or roll history back to some branching and then set off in whole new directions..."

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