"F.M. Taylor" <root@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes: > The only SCO boxen in my area were "upgraded" to a pile of partz last > century. Power users have the habit of using the latest and greatest > thing, and currently, linux is it. However, the day will come when Linux > is no longer the preffered operating system for das ubergeek, and it will > go away too. When was the last time you saw a CP/M> prompt. If AIX > wasn't big and blue, it would be gone too. Allow me to disagree. Linux will evolve, as it's already doing, into perhaps, something else. At the very least the code that goes into linux may well live on in the next so called "ubergeek" OS, which will most likely, be just as free as Linux. Also, I have a suspicion that OS's aren't going to evolve much more, at least not the kernel part of the OS, perhaps the user interface will, but really, once you get down to it, a good VM, memory protection, filesystems, networking and the like are all that really belong in the kernel and Linux is getting those things to the point where its starting to become the leader. Linux with the TUX kernel mode http daemon is now the fastest web server on the planet. A 4 processor Linux box on Intel can now handily beat an 8 processor RS/6000. I expect such trends to continue. Userspace apps will come and go, but the underlying operating system needn't change that much. As linux proves, this 30+ year old design has legs. - Steve P.S. The last time I saw a DOS> prompt was last week, and well, DOS == CP/M, so I don't think your example of a dead OS is very apt.