Maybe we need to take a cue from the CEO of the company and Google when they do not mention the, “L word.” It is a loaded term and articles like mine, constantly pointing out the flaws of the software stack, do not help. The image is tarnished, but that does not change the simple fact that Linux works. We are moving into an era of what is known as utility computing, where there will be more of an expectation to have the lower levels of software simply work with minimal user interaction, especially for situations where work is being offloaded onto remote servers scattered all around the world.
Instead, users will want to get their work done, using the tools they need to without having to worry about the tool breaking. Nobody talks about their house’s plumbing, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love it, don’t need it. There needs to be less of this focus on making Linux sexy and instead continue to ensure it works, because in the end, functionality will always be more important than glittery retail boxes, launch parties and television commercials, and that is what the community has always excelled at: constantly improving functionality.
Next in the series: a look at what this all means for Linux in the developing world. Stay tuned!
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