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I am a newbie to linux. I have seen lot of big software that come and go. Is there any prof that linux is here to stay. I intend to become a linux developer, an elite hacker i mean. I don't want my effort go down the drain. I know that it is fast spreading, but i also hear news that its in patent law troubles.
Linux will probably be around for a while, I don't thnk you have to worry. There is lots of money to be had in software for linux, and businesses will take advantage of that. You also get companies, like above, IBM and Novell, with their own proprietary OS, who realize that linux is/has surpassed their products, and rather then spend millions of dollars trying to match linux, they spend millions making linux work for their hardware, which just gets even more people developing software.
when longhorn ships in 2107, it will slowly take at least 2% slice of the cake.
but most importantly linux will fade because it is so dependent on itīs developers. when they all quit developing, thatīs it. linux is dead.
Yeah... Unix is really old, it's probably about time for us to retire her. Commercial Jetliners don't even last that long usually. Linux is definitely going to take unix's place sometime in the near future (near = ~10 years)... Gates hit that nail on the head.
And if Longhorn turns out to be any good, it will shoot down linux's chances to thrive on the desktop market, this is just the sad truth. But then again, Linux is meant for multi-user systems, not home PC's in particular. I find that Linux is somewhat overbearing for the average user anyway, since most people don't want to bother with file permissions or any crap like that... I get sick of it at times even. The truth is, linux systems need a full-time or at least part-time administrator to be able to work properly, and you've got it made if you are your own admin. But most people aren't knowledgeable enough for that at the start(hence this website).
Linux will only work well as a desktop system when It is preinstalled and 100% capable of running windows applications (in essence, making it just like windows... Seems a bit pointless to little old me)
But, in the hearts of nerds like me, linux will live forever