It means that in the next few years, big hardware companies like Sun, IBM, and Dell are going to sell literally billions of dollars of servers specifically for Linux. A billion dollars here and a billion dollars there, and suddenly we're talking about serious money. But, Linux is just part of the story. There are literally thousands of others open source applications, and their growth is also accelerating -- dramatically.
So what new issues or surprises are waiting for us in 2005 with respect to open source? Here are a few predictions: