Computing in 15 years (2020)
According to the present trends and directions in which free software and open source community and IT world as a whole is moving, how would you imagine your world of computing in 15 years. (year 2020)
It is no doubt that whatever the global changes, we computer users being so globally interconnected WILL be very much affected. Therefore, it may be valid to presume that some significant changes in a way you compute today may change in the future.
I for one tend to believe some predictions i have found on the web that all basically say the same thing, that the world would be massively interconnected and internet would be everywhere and in everything, not just PC's and cell phones, but in virtually every device that can in any way benefit from being networked with the ultimate network.
I'll also be optimistic about free information and say that the fight against software patents would be succesful (at least to an extent if you will) and we have preserved our freedoms to information. And i'll now continue with an optimistic "predictions" and a vision for this future..
Nutch may revolutionarize Yahoo making it the top search engine in the world. I could find any information i need from any device with a viewscreen and a keyboard or a speech recognition system that is connected to the internet by using most sofisticated never seen free software powered (nutch) yahoo search engine that will already be personalized according to my character and interests and will be able to search according to a wide range of different criteria.
I also expect my computer to talk fluent english as well as understand my commands without problems so that i can surf the net, write articles, administer libervis.com just by speaking, without even touching the mouse and keyboard.
All of this would of course be powered by free as in freedom software as it will inevitably beat any competition as the fastest growing and improving technological development concept.
Linux will revolutionarize the desktop. You'll be able to install it in a minute from a CD/DVD or directly from internet and then install new applications without even clicking a mouse. Just say search for this or that program for linux and the system will find what you need for your particular distro and environment. All that would be left needed is to say "install" and the software will be ready in a second. The same goes for uninstallation.
Proprietary software will exist, but the media will already start uncovering the inevitable truth, proprietary software has set on a path of severe shrinking or even death.
Microsoft's browser market share will indeed be just a share of only up to a half of market with other half or more being dominated by free browsers. The similar picture will be with operating systems where windows would simply be too incompetent to keep up to the advancements of free software and it's development. MS will already be seriously into gradually embracing free software development and business model.
Okay.. so this is as i said an optimistic vision. I'll be happy to hear your short ot long descriptions of how do you imagine the world of computing in 2020.