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Down Tomorrow’s Highway With Red Hat’s Bob Young

Aug 18, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

At LinuxWorld earlier this week, [email protected] Partner's Steven Vaughan-Nichols caught up with Red Hat's founder and chairman, Bob Young. Young shared some of his predictions about the future of the open source software phenomenon. Vaughan-Nichols writes . . .

“As important as Linux and open source have become, Young doesn't jump to any conclusions. He is the first to say that to predict anything about the future, you have to look at the whole picture . . .”

“Young is sure that in five years open source will be 'across the board.' In fact, he states, just as Government Open Systems Interconnection Profile (GOSIP) became a mandated government standard in the '80s for all federal computer purchases, by 2005 open source will become a federal requirement. Sound far-fetched? Young points out that such a move is already happening in France.”

“Ten years down the road, Young not only thinks open source will be everywhere, but he also thinks that application development finally will catch up with hardware development. That will mean that programs and hardware will emerge faster and better than ever. 'We'll all be wearing Dick Tracy watches with real-time, wireless streaming video.' “

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