Read more /. than usual this morning, due to the posting about the Economic Slump. That is rather relevant to the LI marketing plan, so I thought it appropriate to see what /.'ers are saying. I found it interesting that the one group I think is most likely to make money isn't mentioned... resellers.
So, for what it's worth, here are my thoughts of what will happen in the next two years:
- OS developers are writing code like crazy, and will continue to develop highly functional (if ugly and difficult to implement) applications and to contribute to the function and security of the Linux kernel.
- Hardware companies will continue to sell powerful, complex implementation platforms that run increasingly complex applications in specialized markets.
- M$ will keep demanding more and more of their customers' private information, in exchange for money and ease of use (the major weakness of OSS is ease of use IMHO)
- ISVs will build vertical applications which function on Unix and Linux platforms, and will leverage the specialized skills of their channels for implementation
- Consultants (VARs) will be called upon to implement the Open Source alternatives that continue to evolve into more and more functional and secure alternatives to M$ products.
LI can help by building resources for developers and OEMs to connect with Open Source and Linux-compatible vertical market players. The players we target can be: ISVs, VARs, and users who are looking for solutions.
Spent the rest of my day cooking, baking, and cleaning, so not much else to say.....