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 PostPost subject: Your predictions for the next 20 years        Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:39 am 
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This post gave me an idea. Post what you think will happen in the next 20 years.

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2008: Ubuntu is given a giant push by Dell's new offerings, gaining significant market share. KDE 4 wins user interface design awards, finally putting Linux on the map for home users.
2009: DirectX 10 backported to Windows XP, as no games are released for it, because gamers refuse to move to Vista because of poor DirectX 9 performance. Many gaming studios switch to OpenGL-only development as the Mac platform gains additional market share on the desktop, following the release of the mid-range modular desktop "Mac". Linux has 20% market share on the home market, Mac gains 15% share in the business world.
2010: Windows "7" delayed to 2011, Vista SP2 released, fixing many performance issues. Windows XP loses lots of market share to Linux and Vista. RIAA and MPAA give up on DRM and spend all the freed money on marketing.
2011: Windows "7" delayed again, this time to late 2012. DirectX 11 released in response to the growing use of OpenGL 2.5. Bill Gates returns to Microsoft after 3 years in retirement.
2012: IBM releases a POWER8 based PowerPC desktop, bundled with either Ubuntu or Mandriva. The new platform rapidly gains market share, as it has a huge performance advantage over x86.
2013: Windows 7 is released, with Microsoft hoping it will help regain the once high Windows market share. It fails miserably, leaving Microsoft with a 40% desktop market share, with the rest divided more or less equally between Linux and Mac OS X. iPod Classic reaches a record capacity of 1 TB. Microsoft is finally beginning to adopt fair business practices, and starts working on its own BSD based OS, aimed at completely replacing the old Windows NT codebase, while allowing full compatibility with old Windows programs, and providing compatibility layers for Linux and Mac OS X applications.
2014: The new PowerPC platform is rapidly taking market share from x86-64. Apple switches back to PowerPC. Microsoft ports Windows 7 to the new platform. A first Alpha of Napoleon, Microsoft's BSD-based OS is released to testers.
2015: Marty McFly arrives at Hill Valley, California at October 21st, finds Microsoft's old plans for world domination, takes them back to 1985...

Just Kidding :lol:

2015: Microsoft releases Windows B, its new, BSD based OS. DirectX is abandoned in favor of OpenGL 3.0. IBM's PowerPC platform is cloned, and as a result, achieves 60% market share. Intel begins manufacturing PowerPC clones, with AMD developing a new platform from scratch.
2016: Microsoft manages to pull an OS/2, with its Linux compatibility code backfiring and serving as an excuse for application developers to stop developing Windows applications. IBM releases its own Linux distro, but quickly stops its development because of poor adoption rates, and reestablishes its alliance with Canonical, Ubuntu's developer.
2017: Juice, AMD's new platform, gains 10% market share in the desktop market. Windows continues to lose market share, reaching 15% by year's end. Microsoft attempts to revive the classic Windows NT core, stripping it from all the bloat, and bundling Office for free. Windows (with the NT core) now runs beautifully on old x86-64 boxes with only 8 GB of RAM, giving it significant market share among old computer owners.
2018: Apple releases Mac OS 13, sporting a new, fully 3D user interface. As a result, the majority of Intel based Mac owners switch to Windows and Linux, as their computers are incapable of running the new OS. Windows has 25% market share, Mac has about 30%, and Linux has most of the rest.
2019: Following a large attack of Windows worms, made possible by the reduced awareness to security caused by the brief BSD-based Windows era, there is a large migration from Windows to Linux. Microsoft's server market share finally drops below 1%, with the home market share not far behind. IPv6 is, finally, the main Internet protocol.
2020: With the Windows market share below 5%, Microsoft starts work on its own Linux distro. Both Intel and AMD stop developing x86, as PowerPC and Juice have a combined market share of 95%. IBM's PowerPC has 55% share (40% of it being Macs), Intel's clone has 25%, and AMD's Juice has 20% market share.
2021: Linux' 30th birthday is celebrated with it finally crossing the 65% market share barrier. Microsoft releases Doors, its own Linux distro, with full compatibility with old Windows applications and the ability to imitate the interfaces of every Windows version released.
2022: Doors gains 30% share of all Linux distributions, while stealing some market share from Mac OS. Apple fights back with Mac OS XX ("Double Ten"), now based on a new Solaris 14 core with IOKit 5.0 and a revised Water (Aqua 3.0) shell.
2023: After significant pressure from the Blu-Ray 2.0 forum, Microsoft removes out-of-the-box support for old DVDs. As Microsoft now has 45% market share, many people consider this an antitrust violation. The US DoJ files a suit against Microsoft.
2024: During his testimony in Microsoft's antitrust trial, Steve Ballmer throws a chair at the judge, and following a quick trial, is sentenced to 5 years in prison. Bill Gates retires again from Microsoft.
2025: Microsoft, again, begins to lose market share, reaching 10% by October. Linux, not including Doors, now has 75% market share. The Simpsons reach their 36th season.
2026: Microsoft goes bankrupt following giant fines by US and EU courts. IBM buys the remains of Microsoft. BETAArchive celebrates its 20th birthday. Linux has 70% market share, Mac OS XX has 25%.
2027: IBM opens the Windows source code to the public, including all the DOS, NT and BSD based variants. Thousands of new Windows builds are released by IBM, including Windows 1.00. The bug that made Microsoft pull Windows 1.00 off the shelves is identified to be an easter egg that makes it display "Bill Gates is an idiot" on April Fools day. :D

Wow, I didn't mean for it to get this long. Sorry :oops:


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2027: IBM opens the Windows source code to the public, including all the DOS, NT and BSD based variants. Thousands of new Windows builds are released by IBM, including Windows 1.00. The bug that made Microsoft pull Windows 1.00 off the shelves is identified to be an easter egg that makes it display "Bill Gates is an idiot" on April Fools day.


Lmfao! If that really does happen I will eat myself :D :D :D

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 1:42 pm 
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kk, here goes (to the best of my ability):

2008: Some builds of Windows 7 are released. BetaArchive gets many more users due to it hosting some rare builds. OSX 10.5 is released, with some patches.
2009: PayPal buys Nochex. eBay buys every competiting auction site. Google buys eBay. Google buys all. More Windows 7 Builds out. Office 13 builds leaked.
2010: phpBB4 is released, with a new era for all web forums.
2011: I still have that virus on my PC. laziness ensures. Windows 7 after a few delays was released. Due to initial high price and Office 13 only works on it, Linux and OSX gain a small share increase.
2012: One competitive Beta site was shut down, due to MS spies. BETAArchive tightens security, thanks to phpBB 4.5. London hosts the olympics. (lol yeah) Digital switchover complete.
2013: Star Wars Episode 7 is released. Fans go crazy. Later on Star Trek movies come out. Star Wars and Star Trek convections accidentally booked at the same place at the same time. Mortal combat occurs. Windows 8.0 builds leaked.
2014: The US military have discovered time travel, sources say. Also Flying car prototypes have been seen on a 5 second mobile video taken by a very lost tourist in the states. More 8.0's leaked
2015: After seeing the American's ideas, a Japanese corporation starts working on such ideas. Windows 8.0 is released, supporting a fully 3-D semi-holographic interface, and is quite fast too.
2016: MSN Messenger takes over Google messenger. Yahoo takes over MSN messenger Google buys Yahoo Messenger. Google buys all. Don't mess with the Google!
2017: Windows 9 is released too soon, even Gates agreed. As a result this buggy and incomplete OS is a huge failure. MS is left with a lot less cash than ever. Gates cries publicly saying "It's all over, my old MS will be gone within a few years"
2018: Wikipedia buys Wikia, with lots of donations. MS stupidly buys Wikipedia, but to their dismay Wiki keeps the DB and the huge check and is just the same as ever, but with only 2 days downtime. Google, after getting a secret cash boost, and years of saving up, buys MS! Google buys all. Mw ha ha ha.
2019: Google releases Windows 1.0 - 95 source code. Some people from BETAArchive release a custom 95. Rumors says Apple are working on a new next generation OS.
2020: Dell buys Mesh. HP buys Dell. (yep, you've guessed it!) Google buys HP.
2021: Google PC, with Windows or Linux choice success. 1 month later, Google Windows 9.0 released. Some builds were leaked. OS includes free office. Apple looses out on this, and hurridely releases OSY 11.0
2022: ITV buys Channel 4. BBC buys ITV. Google buys BBC.
2023: Konkerer source sold on ebay. Mozilla buys source. Google buys Mozilla.
2024: Adobe buys Gimp source. IBM buys Adobe. Google buys IBM. Asda buys Lidl. Tesco buys Asda. Google buys Tesco. And so on...
2025: Google is now indeed head of everything one can think off. Only one thing remains...
2026: UN pleads with Google. Google has threatened with a secret army...
2027: Google takes over world thanks to robots and flying cars. But it is not so bad, better some say.
2028: Problems in the space-time continium, due to Google's CEO playing with his time machine stolen from the US military, revert everything back to the way it was in 2007. Google's CEO cries as all his empires fall before his eyes. Bought over companies rejoice. Every thing is back to normal. For now. One company has it's eye on Google... Tesco.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 6:37 pm 
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milatchi wrote:
Touch screen will take over.

3d animated display boards, like those in the movies with high tech stuff.
The desktop is actually 3d and you would able to move virtual objects like if they were real things.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2007 7:09 pm 
End of 2007: Microsoft purchases The SCO Group for around $500, and folds them into the legal team, later folds the remaining UnixWare and OpenServer code into a new product with Windows compatibility features.

Early 2008: Novell sues Microsoft over UNIX copyrights, loses the court case and later releases all UNIX code into the public domain.

Linus Torvalds finally is convinced that Linux should move to a microkernel, so quickly tries to get the Linux communities to launch a takeover bid for QNX, or to buy the BeOS kernel source code from Access. Linus finally manages to take over QNX and releases the kernel source under the GPL. Work starts on Linux 4.x (finally put under the GPLv3), based on the newly acquired microkernel, with fully stable ABIs and APIs for driver support for once, as well as the much sought after ZFS and DTrace support from Solaris.

Mid 2008: KDE 4.5 becomes the default desktop environment for UNIX-like systems, the GNOME project gets angry, and eventually merges with the KDE project, only to leave no trace of GNOME.

Sony decides to launch a new Linux distribution based on Linux 4.x, and considers implementing DRM functions throughout the system, before the FSF launches the GPLv4, preventing GPL'd code from implementing DRM restrictions.

Late 2008: The Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD consortiums decide to merge, chaos ensues on whether to call it the HD-ray Association or the Blu-DVD Association. A compromise is later reached.

2009: Microsoft's market share dwindles to just 5%, Linux, Solaris and the *BSDs gain a collective 95% market share, with Mac OS Z having the remaining 4.5% and smaller OSes have the remaining desktop market share.

GNU Hurd is finally at version 1.5, and actually plays audio and works with most hardware (after stealing code from Linux 2.7.x and 2.6.x).

The Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ/AIM, Google Talk and Skype protocols are finally opened and folded into the Jabber 3 protocol.
All of the Internet is finally using IPv6, with small amounts of IPv4 traffic, and all web sites finally support OpenID.


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vmlemon wrote:
Microsoft purchases The SCO Group for around $500

Heck, I'll buy SCO for $500. Then, of course, I'll release a public apology to the Linux community, praise IBM for winning the lawsuit, and admit Linux is better than anything Microsoft has to offer.


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Well, I already predicted that there would be touch-screen iPods because the iPhone was such a hit. What I'm predicting is that Microsoft will launch its own Zune-Phone service just like Apple did.

I'm expecting fully 3D operational operating systems used on laptop sized computers with touch-screen/pen/stylus enhancements. A keyboard would no longer be used, as a tapable keyboard will be created, the same size as a regular keyboard, but a hell of a lot thinner. The mouse will continue to be used, but probably lessened. At first, this new transition will be a flop like most new innovations, but overtime, it will get better. Kinda like the Apple Newton -> Apple iPhone transition.

I'm also thinking a new industry OS will premier. The competitions will be Apple Mac OS, Microsoft Windows, Linux Ubuntu, and Sony's new operating system. Think about it. Sony has gadgets, its own gaming system, computers, as well as the "latest technologies." Well, Apple is the "leader for the latest technologies." Blue-Ray is only a premier device, and it would come standard with all Sony computers, as well as their own operating system.

So in conclusion:
1) Portable touch-screen laptops with no keyboards.
2) Microsoft premiers a new phone of their own.
3) Sony premiers a new 3D-oriented operating system.


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Troyoda wrote:
So in conclusion:
1) Portable touch-screen laptops with no keyboards.


They have those. Slate tablet PC's.


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