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The death of Linux and other predictions

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I like reading Linux news sites. The news websites tend to encourage me, showing the growth of Linux and the benefits of Open Source in businesses, schools and government.

Unfortunately, I then stumble on the ever so frequent prophetic Linux article.

One declares, "This is the year of Linux on the desktop."

Another declares, "The desktop is dead."

And another declares, "This is the year of the death of Linux on the desktop."

Now I'd like to put an end to all of this -- and give you a few more plausible prophecies:

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