11 Predictions for Free Software in 2008
Dec 26, 2007, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)
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"'You must be mad,' Gary Trudeau says in a self-interview in one
of his Doonesbury collections, when he raises the subject of
political predictions. 'I only do post-mortems.'
"As a journalist, if a very different kind from Trudeau, I
appreciate the sentiment. Looking back at 2007, who could have
predicted that, after all the posturing by open source advocates,
that the new version of the GNU General Public License would have
caused so little division? Or that Linspire and Xandros would have
followed Novell and made their own deals with Microsoft? Or that
virtualization, which was such a hot topic in 2006, would have
settled down to just another technology?
"Still, despite the dangers of prediction, and the near
certainty that I'll miss at least some of the big stories, here's
my list of the high and hot spots we're likely to see in free
software next year..."