2009 is in full swing and I'm reading list after list of New Year's predictions. These predictions are written and submitted by folks from all all walks of life. So it appears that the only qualification needed to make a New Year's prediction is to simply wet your finger and hold it in the air.
So, my chances are as good as anyone else's of getting one or more right.
Without further ado, I present my top five Linux predictions for 2009!
5.) A high profile school system somewhere in the United States will completely switch to Linux. Having had their fill of Windows viruses and needing to trim expenses, this school system will put Linux in all their classrooms. And they'll be extremely happy with the results!
4.) Linux netbooks will outsell Windows netbooks. Netbooks are ultra portable laptops with 6-8 hour battery time. Folks are going to discover that Linux netbook versions consume less power, come with more software and won't get Windows viruses or malware.
3.) Everything old is new again (as in PCs). The demand for used PCs is going to soar this year. Families being squeezed by the ongoing economic crisis will be grabbing used PCS in record numbers and installing Linux rather than handing hundreds of dollars over to Microsoft for a new PC (and getting the same old virus/malware/spy ware headaches).
2.) Linux will dominate home entertainment. We'll find out that Linux will be powering most HD T.V.s, Blu-Ray players, recorders, etc.
OneClickLinux recommends the following Linux computer makers:
LinPC.us LinPC.us systems come with PCLinuxOS 2009.1 completely installed and configured as a working desktop. They also ship a LiveCD to restore your system to a like new state. They've installed current versions of Open Office, Mozilla Firefox and ThunderBird along with K3b, gftp, mplayer, streamtuner, streamripper. A nice setup for getting started with browsing the internet, email, office, playing DVDS, MP3s, etc. Once you have your system up and running, you can easily add any application you need. Just open Synaptic, the software manager and install any of 7000 applications available to every PCLinuxOS user.
Gigastrand International. Gigastrand International will build you a Linux computer with Freespire or Linspire Linux pre-installed. Gigastrand built my desktop computer and it's going on three years of great Linux service! If you do purchase a computer from Gigastrand, refer to my agent number GPA2000.
Kiowa Linux Kiowa is a terrific Linux operating system. I use it on my laptop. The folks at Kiowa have taken the very best of Mandriva, tailored it to their own specs, and made it even easier to use.