2014 Linux Predictions | LAS s30e03

2014 Linux Predictions | LAS s30e03

2014 is going to be a big year for Linux, but first we reflect on what was big in 2013, how we scored with our predictions, and then we look ahead to 2014.

Will the Steam Box be a flop? Is this a make it or break it year for Ubuntu? We’ll debate those topics and much more in our annual end of year action packed extravaganza…


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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.

Chris’ ACTION Crystal Balls:
  • GIMP Wows us with major plans to revamp parts of the UI.

  • Despite accelerated adoption (maybe the best growth year ever) in part thanks to Steam. The desktop will still fail to get the attention of some core compent OEMs as the explosive growth in “Internet of things” devices will dominate the attention of many. Software based networking, in-car infotainment, TVs, phones, etc.

  • Linux’s small footprint and ARM support will put it in the lead for new types of devices in the data center.

  • SteamOS will prove only moderately successful. It will help bring some great titles to Linux, and continue the gains seen in 2013. But at the end of 2014 we’ll feel like we’re waiting to see the next version of SteamOS/SteamBox before it’s ready to go mainstream.

  • Success with Ubuntu Mobile means a new type of customer for Canonical: The Carriers. This type of customer will be interested in features and abilities that an open source community will be in conflict with. This will further the divide between the long time Ubuntu fans, new Ubuntu users, and Canonical on the community.

  • A bad year for Windows on all fronts

Matt’s ACTION Crystal Balls:
  • ChromeOS will become the de facto face of Linux on the desktop; as seen by the adoption with Chromebooks outselling ANYTHING else on Amazon, other online retail outlets.

  • Web applications will have a greater impact on how we use software – using cloud apps will be even more common than in the past.

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