I’m now starting to put together my LinuxWorld keynote (August 6, after lunch) and I’ve been talking to people about ideas for the presentation.
The general idea is that for the first half I’m going to look at the last decade of free and open source, focusing on GNU/Linux, and examine what’s been going on from an admittedly IBM perspective. This isn’t going to be marketing or revisionist history, but rather a look at what’s been done, what’s worked and hasn’t worked, how have different types of communities been involved, what problems people were trying to solve, and how the more general “open” movement has grown.
Then I’m going to try to look into the future and come up with some predictions on what the next five to ten years will bring.
Via the comments, I’d like to give you a chance to add your input and ideas on both halves of this chronological discussion. For example, in the near future what will we see involving Linux, free and open source and
- “green” and energy conservation/creation
- server consolidation
- the “cloud”
- the desktop
- mobile computing
- the mix of open and proprietary code
- open standards
- government adoption policies
- how existing communities will need to evolve or what kinds of communities will need to get created
- legal issues
- old businesses or companies in decline as a result of “open”
- old or new companies in ascent as a result of “open”
- new market categories
- collaboration among geographically separated workers, maybe some just that way because of home offices
- virtual worlds and more general environments
That’s a bit of a laundry list, but open source will clearly involve them all, just as it has done already. What did I miss? What will be the big winners on the list and which will fail or stagnate? What will be our biggest surprise looking back in 2018? How will your life change in the next fiver or ten years because of Linux and free/open source?
As a side note, August 6 is my wife’s and my 25th wedding anniversary, so she’ll be traveling out to San Francisco with me and attending at least part of LinuxWorld. Pretty romantic, no? Actually we have some other things planned that week as well, such as seeing the Giants play the Atlanta Braves on August 5 and maybe a trip up to Napa later in the week.