Voice of the masses: 2015 was the year of Linux and open source software. What next?

It’s the start of a new year here in the Shire, and later this week we’re going to record the first episode for series 4 of our podcast. We’ve left this a little late, but here’s the first voice of the masses of 2016. Over on ZDNet.com, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes, “In 2015, Microsoft embraced Linux, Apple open-sourced its newest, hottest programming language, and the cloud couldn’t run without Linux and open-source software. So, why can’t people accept that Linux and open source have won the software wars?

We want to know, is this correct, and if so, what does that mean for FOSS advocates? Can we all take it easy now that the fight is over, and should RMS start a well-earned retirement? Alternatively, is there some other digital fight that we should pick up such as the right to privacy online, ensuring children get a good computing education or narrowing the digital divide between people who can get digital services and those who can’t?

As always, let us know what you think in the comments below, and we’ll seamlessly meld your thoughts into our upcoming podcast.


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