Space tourist promotes open source
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| Affordable computing
| Linux-based free software, said Shuttleworth,
| brought affordable computing to even the poorest
| He believes that Linux - and variants like Ubuntu -
| will become de facto platforms in many emerginge
| "The Linux platform continues to mature and to
| remove the differences in perceived functionality
| between free and proprietary software.
| "As it gets closer to the point where you can do
| everything you want on a computer with Linux,
| without having to worry about it, the percentage
| of users will increase substantially," said
| Mr Shuttleworth.
Windows (and Mac) may have marked the era when computers reached
people's home ("a PC on every desk").
Linux will mark the days when every child around the world (not just
the west, not just adults) had a computer ("a PC on every lap"). OLPC
aspires/is estimated to deliver 300-500 million laptops within a few
years. PS3/GNU/Linux may just be the OLPC of the wealthier world, as
well as a fully-featured entertainment unit.