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Editor's Note: Stranger Than Fiction

Mar 30, 2007, 22:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

By Brian Proffitt
Artificial Intelligence Model #1727-B

As I prepare for a Sunday's worth of April Fools' stories flooding the tubes of the Internet, it strikes me that some of the things that are going on right now, in reality, would have been considered April Fool's jokes just a few years or even months ago.

Think about it. Five US states are openly considering switching to the Open Document Format, and in many cases, OpenOffice.org software at the same time.

A major Linux vendor is actively partnering with Microsoft to work on interoperability. (A trend that is apparently spreading to other open source projects as well.)

One of the largest PC manufacturers in the world has announced that it will soon be selling pre-loaded Linux machines. In the US.

Bruce Perens and Richard Stallman have united together for the common cause of protesting the aforementioned Linux vendor's patent arrangement with Microsoft.

Linus Torvalds isn't so harsh on the GPL as he originally indicated. (He might also like green eggs and ham.)

SCO may actually have a chance to win it's lawsuits against IBM, Red Hat, and Novell--whoops, time to put the LCD screen cleaner away. That one is a flight of fancy.

Now the fun in reading the usual slew of April Fool's stories this weekend will be, which ones might actually be true someday?

Microsoft buys Novell?

GPL 4 mandates free software or die (literally)?

OS X users reject Apple, migrate en masse to Linux?

Linux Today editor reveals he's actually a robot? (This last is suspected by some of you already.)

The possibilities are endless. Not to sound too hokey, but a lot of barriers to more general Linux adoption are getting kicked down on what seems to be a daily basis. The reality of Linux on the desktop is no longer a laughing matter--not to opponents of Linux. Like flip phones and Starfleet communicators, life often seems to imitate art.

Something to think about when you read Sunday's headlines.