[SATLUG] Steve Jobs or Linus Torvalds?

Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Sat Aug 27 14:22:26 CDT 2011


> 
> So worry less about 'is this the year of the Linux desktop?', and more
> about global impact of this operating system. Lets imagine if I
> snapped my fingers and every Linux install would disappear
> immediately.
> 
> Linux/busbox systems would be wiped, TVs, printers, phones, cable TV
> boxes, satelite boxes, telephony switches, routers, nas, even the
> Philips RC9800i universal remote control run Busybox/Linux. You
> probably have things around the house running this that you never knew
> about.
> 
> Without Linux they'd have to run Windows CE or Symbien OS, less
> powerful alternatives.
> 
> The London and US stock exchanges would go down. They both run Linux.
> 
> Half of the worlds internet infrastructure would immediately stop
> responding. Company indexes would cease when Google appliances in
> house became blank. Non windows PBX systems would fail.
> 
> I could think more about this, but the world would see significant
> technology disruption without Linux, and have to learn to love
> licensing fees and royalities really quick.
> 
> 
> --
> Jon

Well put, my sentiment exactly...

-b.


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