Long-term readers of this blog (thanks to you and more power to you!) will understand a clear shift in my writing about my first ever love- open source and Linux.
I agree that the OS has become redundant in the era of cloud computing, but we are also blessed with an uneven distribution of resources (aka telecommunications) across the world. The digital divide has been accelerated, and the comparison has become more stark in the COVID-19 reality.
Therefore, should computing resources be denied to a vast majority of “digital have-nots” in the less fortunate parts of the world? The answer is no. Who is responsible for the pricing strategies? Who made the fortune from ill-gotten wealth and is now a subject of a Netflix documentary? The hint lies in the “foundation” that is aiming to be the “messiah” by cloaking its motives under the garb of charity. No one can argue with the term “non-profit” that shines through their promotional medium.
Open source has established itself as a “low-cost” solution. I don’t see the acceleration of reforms and beyond the optics of a few European municipalities embracing the open source, there’s not much happening. However, the enterprise market is different- where Linux predominates and everyone worth his degree understands that Microsoft (and it’s derivatives) are cancer.
I came across an interesting write by a long time journalist writing on Linux- Steven Vaughan. He’s been persistent and has been writing on Technology (and open source). I owe a lot to his write ups. (I plan to do a follow up blog post shortly on what he’s written).
The Microsoft embrace of Linux is the ultimate kiss of death for a business model that everyone in the silicon valley despised. Expensive lawsuits, lobbying, monopolies and patents- while they are esoteric concepts but are the essential playbook for the wealthy. I am seeing the similar patterns everywhere the venture capitalists are establishing themselves- they create a legal groundwork first and weaponised the due process. There is no start up worth its name that has created value for the open source ecosystem. There are me-too companies with a copy-paste idea book and ramblings in the media about their unicorn status.
I think the demise of the “on-premise” computing will be accelerated through the adoption of other means of accessing the web. Mobile phones have become an interesting conundrum but it opens up a huge can of worms there. The virtual reality requires extensive computing resources and is a no-go despite the funding to the tune of millions of dollars. Possibly, the mixed reality might take off- depends on how the big tech companies can spin the yarn around it. They will cloak it as a measure of “progress”.