12 predictions about the future of Linux in 2016

Tux's in the snow and Christmas hats

Linux continues to grow, not just in lines of source code, but also in terms of power and interest. From the most powerful supercomputers, to the smallest smartwatches, projects such as SLES, RHLE, or Tizen for smart watches, take over the market, without forgetting their presence in other sectors. The truth is that Linux does not leave anyone indifferent in the world of computing and that is why it has become one of the most important projects of our era.

Lately, it has also had very important technologies for the future of computing such as OpenStack, Docker, Cloud Foundry, etc., as well as the support of the most prestigious companies in the hardware and software sector. That is why it can be said that Linux had no past, but has a great present and a much better future. In this article we will see what 2016 holds for Linux ...

Predictions on the near future of Linux in 2016 are (although I do not know if it will be fulfilled or not, some for the better and others for the worse ...):

  1. Google, despite its support for Linux with GoOS, ChromeOS, ChromiumOS, Android and all the dependency on Google services on Linux, it seems unwilling to implement its Google Drive client for Linux desktop in 2016.
  2. Apple could bring apps for Android, already put Apple Music for Android and now it could bring iTunes too. Tim Cook already said it, the apple company does not mind creating apps for Android.
  3. Microsoft has gone from hating Linux to having a strong dependence on it, which will probably increase in 2016. Now he has also joined the Linux Foundation and created his Linux distro for network devices, but ... Will Microsoft bring us a Linux distribution for companies? It would not be unreasonable, due to the strong competition from Red Hat and SuSE, in fact, you could buy one of these supplier companies to have a solid base.
  4. Canonical could leave its Ubuntu project for mobile and focus on the desktop and leverage your presence at the business services level.
  5. Adobe has little interest in the Linux platform, the proof is its poor Linux support and the projects it has ported, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, how abandoned they are. Therefore, the prediction is very simple, in 2016 in Adobe they will continue with the same trend.
  6. MIR will be overtaken by Waylando. The community has started to work to find a replacement for the current Xorg and Canonical is doing the same but with a project of its own, perhaps 2016 is a bad year for MIR and be overtaken by Wayland and Canonical be forced to adopt it.
  7. Chromecast will become an industry standard just like AirPlay, among other things, because behind the giant Google hides and the support of companies like Sony and LG.
  8. ChromeOS will continue to acquire more market share in 2016, as will Android and we can even see Cheaper Chromebooks Similar to Pixel C.
  9. Android could break into the desktop market more strongly, with new functionalities for this operating system and thus compete with the convergence of Microsoft's Windows 10 and its Surface, as well as with Apple's iPad Pro.
  10. Linux distributions will have to adapt to the cloud if they want to stay, adopting cloud services such as those that are already integrated in Chrome OS and Android, among other systems. For better or for worse ... we like the cloud, it is the future.
  11. Amazon Prime could offer apps for Apple iOS and Android, and even other platforms. Content services like Netflix have become popular in recent times, so Amazon needs to expand Prime to new horizons.
  12. Video games will continue to grow for Linux. Will we reach 5000 titles on Steam?

Merry Christmas we wish you from LxAHave a happy holiday season and a prosperous year 2016 to all Linux users and non-Linux users who read us. And if you have not won the lottery, Salud para todos, which is more important.


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  1.   Javier Vives-Garcia said

    I only wish that STEAMOS becomes such a competitor of games that we reach 50% xD

  2.   Turbo said

    I hope wayland eats mir and microsoft does not eat suse
    I believe that Flash will not die yet but it will remain a niche, because important portals such as twitch have already said that in 2016 they will launch their player in html5

    I also hope that steamOS advances faster and the number of releases for gnu / linux will skyrocket

  3.   jorss said

    how gnu / linux evolves I hope it continues to develop every year more and more

  4.   John John John said

    I believe that when MARX resuscitates the planned Soviet central system will only allow using LINUX. SLAVA STALIN

  5.   Ivan said

    I think it is essential that the distros converge on a few, from that to
    In this way, the force can be concentrated to give the fight to Microsoft and its old windows and eye with Android that is advancing at a steady pace to become the most used operating system in the world.