My Silly Predictions for 2006
By Roman Strobl on XII 29, 2005
Quite a lot of people is blogging now about their predictions for year 2006. Given how silly these predictions mostly are, here is a couple of mine:
1. Microsoft will buy Sun. The name of the new company will be Sun Microsoftsystems. The new software giant will integrate .net together with java and there will be one platform to rule them all. Most previous Sun employees will leave the company because they will not be able to stand the company culture forcing closed source. The great war against opensource will begin.
2. Stranded non-convertible Sun employees will go look for shelter, most of them will find it at Google who will kindly hire them to have enough warriors for the battle against the new software giant.
3. IBM will create an alliance with Google and together they will prepare a war plan. A global massive campaign for promoting opensource will begin. Opensource iniciative and free software foundation will join to fight against their common enemy.
4. The whole population of Earth will divide into two groups, one supporting the opensource and second the closed source. Questions of software licenses will become a matter of religion and an army of software priests will arise.
5. The heads of software priests will try to meet to agree on common software licencing principles on neutral land, but the whole symposium turns into a terrible bloodshed.
6. People of the Earth will understand there is no agreement possible and will go into the streets to fight the opposite force. Millions of lives will be lost in this great battle.
7. There will be no hope for humanity. Armies of software advocates will fight there and back, without one side winning over the other one.
8. Suddenly, the Internet collapses because of an unkown virus, attacking both open and closed source systems.
9. People will lose effective means of communication (like blogs) and become hopeless without the Internet. This will lead to the end of the holy war, because without the Internet, there is no way how to easily distribute software and the questions of licences will become less important. People will understand they have to tolerate each other, even if part of them wants to pay for the software.
10. A new era will begin, similar to hippies in the 60s. People will start to take drugs, go to music festivals and stop to care about software.
\*\* Note for all the people from the traditional IT business world: this is just supposed to be funny. All these predictions are just random phantasies, Sun has nothing to do with them, except that Sun is by coincindence employing me. At any case this is not what Sun thinks is going to happen. Please don't quote me.