2013 Linux Predictions | LAS | s25e01

2013 Linux Predictions | LAS | s25e01

We dust off our Action Crystal Balls and tell you what’s going to happen in 2013. We break the future down into major categories, and give it to you straight. The good, the bad, and the stupid.

Plus: The big dust up around Linus this week, Steam working on expanded Linux support, Ubuntu rumors going wild, and we celebrate the release of E17!

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2012 looks like it might have been one of the best year for Linux in terms of generating momentum, and positioning for an amazing 2013.



As put by Michael Larabel at phoronix.com

Valve’s next-gen Linux console. This Linux-based console for the living room that’s designed around Steam is going to be huge. This is one of the most exciting milestones to look forward to for Linux as a whole in 2013. Like earlier Phoronix Valve exclusives, you can believe it now or wait and be surprised later, but this is the most exciting piece of Linux hardware that we should see in 2013. It’s exciting on so many different levels as you’ll see and is a huge growth opportunity for Linux.

Noted by Jay Lyman, at LinuxInsider

OpenStack also represents the latest Linux battleground, with Red Hat, SUSE and Canonical all vying to support enterprise deployments. Linux is a big part of cloud computing – not only technically, but also culturally, and in conversations between vendors and customers.

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9 Responses to “2013 Linux Predictions | LAS | s25e01”

  1. Garegin16 Says:

    regarding the API breakage. the problem is not the linux kernel, but the plethora of packages. because FOSS devs are too cheap to design APIs, new updates constantly break other packages. there needs to be a “core OS” with a stable ABI that the devs can code against.
    BiannualForcedDeathMarch™ is a real problem that needs to be solved. the laziest solution is static linking and bundles like in mac. 

  2. Garegin16 Says:

    also the “we don’t break userland” is a retarded policy. the kernel changes and by definition “breaks userland”. no OS has a stable API for perpetuity.  in OSes not designed by amateurs the kernel is separated from kernel modules, so MS or Oracle doesn’t have to maintain every filesystem and driver under the sun. In linux, everything is thrown into a kitchen sink ala the kernel tree. this is because FOSS devs are too cheap to write driver APIs so they ask the third parties to integrate everything into the kernel mainline. this essentially makes the kernel publisher (linus) responsible for every stupid driver or filesystem like XFS or Raiser, instead of their respective publishers.

  3. Guest Says:

    Just one thing about Linux Mint and Moonlight. If you take deeper look at the Release Notes, you will see, that Moonlight was REMOVED rather than included!!!
    ->”Moonlight was removed from Linux Mint because of a bug that made Firefox
    crash. The bug was fixed upstream and you can install the Moonlight
    plugin from the project’s website.”

    Look here: http://linuxmint.com/rel_nadia_xfce.php

    Just saying…..

  4. ChrisLAS Says:

    I did catch that later, LOL. Sorta funny tho!

  5. Dyrver Eriksson Says:

    You know, one major thing speak highly for the success of the Steam box if they actually utilize it in marketing. Something ALL other consoles lack that has always made PC the number one gaming platform for years and years for serious gamers. Availablility of MODS and Addons from Steam Workshop. Now for PC users if the console also allows mice and keyboard and a bunch of other exciting control methods, it’s a definite interesting purchase. :)

  6. James Joseph Says:

    You guys are goofs, it’s pronounced ‘Bow-Dee,’ 😉  So glad you put the spotlight on the E17 release! I stumbled onto Bodhi Linux about a year ago and quickly fell in love with Enlightenment and haven’t looked back on any other DE since. Of course I still like to play around with new releases of Xfce and Cinnamon but neither come close to matching the beautiful efficiency of E. The Enlightenment devs aim to write the most efficient code possible – and it sure-as-hell shows. While the main line DEs seem to be ‘dumbing down’ their interfaces and options, E lets you twist all the nuts and bolts with lots of config menus and an awesome ‘modules’ system.
    Bodhi comes with very few default packages – basically leafpad, midori, synaptic and a network applet, so you get to choose exactly how you want your system to be.
    Highly recommended :) Although the E17 final release won’t beis only available in testing repo for now until Bodhi 2.2 is released soon.

    Also, ‘Launcher8’ from the Google Play Store is a pretty cool android home replacement. It’s identical to the Windows Phone UI and I actually really like it (though I’m kinda embarrassed to say). Worth a look, it’s a nice change from the typical cookie-cutter android launchers.

    Great show as always fellas, thanks!

  7. Christopher Ware Says:

     Yeah, it is funny but it has been in their release notes since Mint 11 (at least).

    I kind of wonder what your predictions are for Debian. It has a new release planned for February or March (although they don’t technically have set release dates). It really isn’t too exciting, but many other distros are based off of it.

    I think it would be really cool if Arch (especially) and Fedora had lots of distros based off of them because they are both interesting and could be really good bases, especially if Fedora goes rolling. I don’t think I’d switch to Fedora, but I would switch to an arch distro that had a decent installer (I’m fine with curses installers, but their partitioning is kind of clumsy). I’m especially looking forward to the Manjaro 0.9.x release, which is supposed to feature a very good graphical installer, and Manjaro has repos that are slightly set back from Arch’s to avoid breakages, which I think is quite a good idea (kind of like a Debian Testing to Debian Sid).

    I’m really looking forward to a Bodhi/E17 review. E17 is my favorite light desktop, and my only trouble is their aren’t many great distros that offer E17. The only two that I know of (besides installing Arch or Debian with no DE and then manually installing E17) are Bodhi and Snow Linux E17.

  8. DubbaC Says:

    Glad do see you guys reviewing Bohdi. I just installed it on a 9 year old PC  (Athlon XP1800+ 1.53 GHz, 1 gig RAM) that took 3 minutes to boot and couldn’t even run XP any longer. With Bohdi,  my mother now has a fast and stable PC that boots in 30 seconds and has speed that almost matches the Windows 7 boot on my quad core desktop. Needless to say, I was floored. 

  9. Dan Thomas Says:

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