Tech Outlook 2004: A Look Ahead at Linux, Open Source
In the year to come, open-source software will continue its kudzulike spread through IT, writes Jason Brooks.In the year to come, open-source software will continue its kudzulike spread through IT. For example, Sun Microsystems Inc. has been adamant about having "no Linux strategy," but its forthcoming Java Desktop System (which, by the way, has nothing more to do with Java than Windows does) may prove to be the best corporate desktop Linux solution yet. Suns desktop is built atop SuSE Linux AGs Linux distribution, which is set to fall into the hands of Novell Inc. Well see next year how well Novell manages to digest SuSE and a previous acquisition, Ximian Inc., into a complete server-to-desktop Linux infrastructure product offering.
The coming year will also be a time to see whether and how well Red Hat Inc. can build on its enviable mind and market share in the Linux community to drive sales of its relatively costly (compared with the companys previous products) Red Hat Enterprise Linux line.