Ubuntu is now 5 years old. On 20 October 2004 Ubuntu began the journey with a vision for the future.
We know the history and we know the present, but what of the future? What does the future hold for Ubuntu?
Looking at the Ubuntu coffee beans, which I will pass around, have a look, a reflection, a ponder of things to come and make your predictions.
Then let this thread be locked, a time capsule and in 5 years let us come back to see what we said!
Looking at the Ubuntu coffee beans now, in the month of October in the year 2014 I see ...
* Ubuntu and not Windows is the most widely used operating system. In fact, the Window proprietary operating system isn't even in the top five. All are linux based.
* Microsoft's Windows as a proprietary operating system still exists, but it is their linux version, Windows L, that is fast becoming their major focus of business.
* With the expanse of open source, gaming is now largely done on linux, though emulators to play the old Windows games are available for purchase from Microsoft.
* Apple too have opened to the new open source world of computing, but in a different manner to that of Microsoft. Linux and Apple now largely run each others software. Apple has positioned itself as the premium of the computing experience with fashion statement hardware and designer software.
* There is more that can be added, such as the nation that built it's own kernel for military purposes before that was leaked and subsequently found to be flawed. The attempts of various media copyright holders to politically-patent the internet, which too failed. Though "Netbig Brother" now exists in that all communications are constantly monitored. On linux operating systems of all things!
* Oh and I should add that software piracy is pretty much a thing of the past. Games are free and only the optional extras cost real money. Most recording artists release their music straight to the net and make money through hard copy optical discs which are now regarded as status symbols, signs of loyalty and rewarding good music. Even Hollywood is in the process of testing "a threater in your home" with new certification sold to computers that meeting the "reel experience" as the adverting blurp goes. They actually paid an advertising company $100,000 Euro to come up with that! Some things never change!
So that my Ubuntu fellow travellers is what I see when I look at the Ubuntu coffee beans.
I hold the Ubuntu coffee cup out, who will read the Ubuntu coffee beans next?
* passes cup ...