A look ahead at

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2003-12-29 Print this article Print

2004"> So what does that mean in 2004? I predict that not only will Linuxs growth in the server arena continue, its growth rate, its delta, will also increase. This also will be the year when that growth starts to come at the expense of Microsoft server systems. I also predict that some major companies will start experimenting with mass deployment of Linux-based desktop systems. Some of these will be JDS-based, others will be based on a Novell/SuSE/Ximian desktop later in the year, and still others will use other GNOME and KDE desktop approaches. 2004 wont be the year of the Linux desktop, but the foundation will be laid.
It will be a great year for Linux, a great year for open source, and, unfortunately, another year filled with the battle between SCO and Linux. But, hey, two out of three isnt bad.

Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum eWEEK.com Linux & Open Source Center Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has been using and writing about Unix and Linux since the late 80s and thinks he may just have learned something about them along the way.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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