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Old 15th April, 2010, 07:06 PM
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The Life Expectancy of Linux

Linux can't be around forever, can it? For that matter, what does the future hold for operating systems in general? "If you asked me to predict what operating systems would look like in the future, I would probably give you quite a pessimistic answer," said blogger Jeremy Visser. "I think that future OSes will be more and more locked down, and you will be doing less with them while thinking you are doing more."

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Guh, nothing like unhappy prognostications to make your day. Hang on, we should be used to them by now!
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Old 26th April, 2010, 07:14 AM
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I think it will evolve, but we will always have Linux in some form.
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If only to please me and LP!!
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Old 27th April, 2010, 09:57 AM
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Lol, true Daniel. We need our Linux.
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I would say something regarding this matter, but I better not. Just so you know I was here!

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At last! We have him on the run!! ":O}
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You know you love us, Chris.

I installed Debian Squeeze today. Something a little different for me.
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UNIX came before Linux, they're not the same thing and I'm not going to go into the technicalities of the differences (especially when Aidan is around) but the user base for UNIX, particularly in servers and supercomputers largely shifted to Linux as essentially a continuation of UNIX.

Unix is from 1969, its over 40 years old now, and the parts of it that matter, the feel, the philosophy, are all there still in Linux. As for will Linux last forever? Maybe, maybe not. But UNIX and its family will be alive for the rest of humanity, its just too heavily integrated into the world at large. If it lives on in Linux, great, if it forks, great, as long as its still free, fast, and stable.

With the decreasing cost of hardware, software licenses are going to have to come down as well, especially in the commodity hardware market, otherwise it will make no sense paying $300 for the OS on a $120 computer.

Free UNIX will always be around.
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As long as freedom (and FREE!) beats in the hearts of men!! ":O}
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Unix is from 1969, its over 40 years old now, and the parts of it that matter, the feel, the philosophy, are all there still in Linux.
I suppose that one could also argue that Windows is like VAX/VMS in many ways too. VAX/VMS is from 1977. One of it's designers (Dave Cutler) really didn't like UNIX either.

It's funny how much of our "technology" is pretty old - The coding mechanism in ADSL (and digital TV) is based around Fourier transforms. Now, the concept of Fourier analysis comes from the work that Joseph Fourier did on Fourier Series (can you guess how it was named?), but that was back in 1822! Oddly enough, the Seebeck effect was discovered the same year, and it's the Seebeck effect that makes Peltier effect devices work.
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I suppose that one could also argue that Windows is like VAX/VMS in many ways too. VAX/VMS is from 1977. One of it's designers (Dave Cutler) really didn't like UNIX either.

It's funny how much of our "technology" is pretty old - The coding mechanism in ADSL (and digital TV) is based around Fourier transforms. Now, the concept of Fourier analysis comes from the work that Joseph Fourier did on Fourier Series (can you guess how it was named?), but that was back in 1822! Oddly enough, the Seebeck effect was discovered the same year, and it's the Seebeck effect that makes Peltier effect devices work.
Same can be said for GPS, the satellites are new, but the method behind it dates back half a century.
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