Despite all the talk about mobile Linux, the big money here is quiet. But quiet and silent are two different things.
Linux and Open Source
The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
Paula Rooney is a Boston-based writer who has followed the tech industry for more than two decades.
If you've ever been on an AJAX page, with buttons that rise up to meet you as you mouse over them, and that seem to know where you want to go before you do, then you know what I'm talking about.
If you're a desktop Linux person you're smart. And if you're a server Linux person you're a pro, or you could be.
Google is not going head-to-head with Microsoft. Not yet, anyway.
How would you get, say, a fairly bright 9th grader to put down their computer game and start climbing around inside it?
You can passively await a fix from your closed source vendor to fix your problem, or click around the open Internet and get yourself a quick fix.
If you put a stopwatch on Windows users, timing their use of various applications, and noting what the Web-based stuff on, they might be surprised to learn how much of their day is spent on Linux already.
The whole industry will be watching closely how Tenable does in 2006. If it gains market share in the enterprise space, any losses among Linux users will be more than offset.
The open source fight in Massachusetts, as partisan as it may have become, was in the end about politics. A Democrat lined up against the Republican because the Republican had lined up that way. It had little to do with the merits.
Because open source is now a fixture in the enterprise, a lot of dreams are going to come true next year.