Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Dec 2014 19:40 UTC

I found this one via HackerNews - a 2003 article on what Linux needs for "world domination", written by Hugh Fisher.

If Linux is to achieve world domination, it must have One Frickin' User Interface (1FUI): a single user experience / interface behaviour and a single underlying UI toolkit API / widget set. World domination means putting Linux into corporations, schools, PDAs, and cell phones. This will only happen with 1FUI, and if this upsets the nerds, too bad. History clearly shows that if a platform/system offers a choice of user interfaces, the potential users will choose a different system.

It's almost 2015 now, and it turns out he was right. That "1FUI" is called whatever Android has, and it has made Linux the dominant player in the next big computer revolution. Linux does great in servers, embedded stuff, supercomputing, and utterly owns mobile computing (Apple people, the world is bigger than the US, UK, and Australia).

Linux didn't need a 'year of desktop Linux' after all.

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Android is Linux just as iOS is Unix
by phti on Sun 28th Dec 2014 21:51 UTC
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just because it has a Linux-based kernel it doesn't mean it's Linux as intended by that 2003 article. It's a mobile OS that serves specific purposes (Google ad revenues first, and vendor/carrier commodity, giving them maximum freedom to load it with custom user interfaces and mixed crapware), the Linux kernel is there just because it was the easiest to implement and to customize.

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