Linux Looking Forward: Twenty Linux Luminaries Look at Linux in 2004
January 1, 2004
In the course of putting the January 2004 issue together, the LinuxWorld editors circulated forward-looking
questions to a wide selection members of the Linux community whose opinions we respect. Here's what
they had to say.
After we saw the response we were getting, we thought our
readers might be interested in giving us some of their ideas as
well, so we published a short blurb on LinuxWorld.com with the
predictions we received from Eric Raymond (Open Source
evangelist and author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar and
The Art of Unix Programming) and John Terpstra (cofounder of
the Samba project and lead author of The Official Samba-3
HOWTO and Reference Guide). We figured a few thousand
people would read the predictions and we'd get a few e-mails
and comments from our readers with some of their ideas.
Instead of a steady flow of ideas, we saw a flood. This was
magnified when Slashdot picked up the story and we ended up
with well over 20,000 reads of the article in just over 48 hours!
More important were all the ideas generated. If you followed
the comments on our site and the hundreds of comments in the
Slashdot thread, you could see that the huge community of
people behind Linux is brimming with excitement over the
future. These people are so full of ideas and enthusiasm, they
just have to share them!
So following are some of the many predictions we received
from our friends and readers for what will be happening with
Linux in 2004. The original questions we asked are presented
as well. I hope you'll take a moment to go to linuxworld.com
and read the predictions our other readers have left there - and
take a few minutes to add your own predictions.
What are my predictions? Only this - that whatever happens
with Linux in 2004 will be because of the sweat and excitement
of the people in the Linux community (that's you!).
Have a great year!
Which Linux application area do you believe will grow the