“In terms of actual use, Linux’s quo has more status than any of its early opponents ever had. Damn near everything runs on Linux, or on something so similar that you can open a shell on it and get stuff done. (Example: Apple’s OS X, which wouldn’t be what it is if Linux hadn’t already been the leading *nix OS.) Even Microsoft runs lots of its own stuff (such as Bing) on Linux. Bill Gates no longer cares. He’s a philanthropist now. Steve Jobs is dead. Linux’s old UNIX enemies are zombies or gone. And, most of the world’s smart mobile devices run on Android, a derivative of Linux.”
See What’s Our Next Fight?Doc Searle is a thinker and strategist. He makes a lot of good observations in a recent writing but he’s bypassing the desktop PC strongholds when he declares victory for Open Source and Linux. The world is still in the wrong place when a legacy PC cannot be bought with FLOSS on it everywhere any time.
He also skips malware and security, plagues on all IT. You can’t be free if someone else controls your IT infrastructure, not just on the web or in stores, but in operation. There are plenty of fights in the future. I’m still fighting for the desktop and freedom to do what I want with the hardware I own. The opponents are not only the dinosaurs of industry trying to maximize profits but some governments that allow tyrants to control our IT for no good public reason. School systems that teach students how to be slaves of certain companies are still out there. I opened the eyes of many but I only touched a tiny minority of people. Android/Linux was a good win but corrupted somewhat by Google’s self-interests. ARM is also a big improvement over the Intel part of Wintel but manufacturers are all trying to carve it and users up one way or another to maximize profits rather than delivering great IT.
No, there are lots of fights remaining beyond Doc Searle’s vision but he has the big picture outlined. Everyone has to act locally and think globally these days. We are still at war. There is no time to rest on our laurels.