Time Digital: The Year Ahead, TIME Digital’s technology predictions for 2000

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“Here are our guesses – highly educated ones, of course – at
what the year in technology has in store for us….”

“4. Linux Gets Small. It was a great year for the Linux
operating system and the Open Source community in general. Now it’s
time to face some hard facts: Linux owns only a tiny sliver of the
desktop market, and that sliver isn’t likely to get much bigger. In
the server market, Linux and other Unix-based operating systems are
sitting pretty, but they’ll face a serious challenge from Windows
2000, the new version of Microsoft’s NT operating system, due out
in February. The next battleground? Small non-computer appliances
such as Tivo, the Linux-based personal video recorder, or the
Linux-based Internet appliance Intel is expected to announce today.
Look for Linux to duke it out with Windows CE for kiosks, gas
pumps, egg-beaters, and other appliances that need a small but
super-stable operating environment.

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