Linux Blows Up in 2004

By Deane Barker on November 29, 2003

2004: The Year Linux Grows Up (or Blows Up): Here’s an enormously positive opinion piece about Linux in 2004. The author says that 2004 is the tipping point for the Penguin, and by the time I was done reading, I had a huge smile on my face.

2004 will be the year of Linux.

SCO may still be heading for the courts, but instead of charging forward, the anti-Linux company will be wobbling forward as the courts start knocking out its arguments. As a result, Linux will be free to grow more quickly than ever in businesses.

In fact, Linux will be growing so fast that Microsoft will have to abandon its attempts to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) about it in the server market. Instead, Microsoft will have to start reworking their licensing agreements and not offer special deals for customers who are showing public interest in Linux. In particular, I think Server 2003 and major server applications like Exchange 2003 and SharePoint Portal Server will see price drops.