Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Fri 15th Aug 2008 05:18 UTC
Linux InformationWeek is speculating on how Linux will change in the next four years. "By 2012 the OS will have matured into three basic usage models. Web-based apps rule, virtualization is a breeze, and command-line hacking for basic system configuration is a thing of the past."
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RE[2]: 2012
by Coral Snake on Sat 16th Aug 2008 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE: 2012"
Coral Snake
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2005-07-07

Not quite, Linus will flip the "bird" to GNU/FSF but will switch from GCC to OpenWatcom (Remember a C compiler is neccessary to build the Linux kernel.)

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RE[3]: 2012
by Xaero_Vincent on Sat 16th Aug 2008 04:22 in reply to "RE[2]: 2012"
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2006-08-18

Actually, I believe its now possible to build the Linux kernel with Intel's C compiler.

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RE[3]: 2012
by StaubSaugerNZ on Sat 16th Aug 2008 11:01 in reply to "RE[2]: 2012"
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2007-07-13

If Linus flips the bird and uses Watcom then it is likely that there will be a major Linux fork between the Free Software folk and the Open Source folk. Eventually the Open Source stream will be subsumed by business (one way or another), and the Free Software stream will continue.

The reason why people contribute to the Linux kernel is because the GPL means no one can take their contribution away from them (as can happen under licenses such as MIT and BSD). Unfortunately Linus, as smart as he may be, don't grok that properly. He is nothing without the community around him. To lose that would doom non-free Linux.

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