Notwithstanding the fact that so many think the future of computing is in the cloud, a University of New South Wales professor says Windows and Linux will still be around -- "no matter what they look like."
According to Builder Australia, Gernot Heiser, a UNSW professor of operating systems, believes it would be nearly impossible to introduce new operating systems for desktops and servers:
Previously big companies had invested a lot of money to fight the Windows monopoly, Heiser said, but that's not likely to be repeated. Thanks to timing, Linux managed to break through and become an alternative to Windows. The server and desktop space [will] be stable at least in the foreseeable future, he said.
The same cannot be said for embedded systems, however. Heiser says that embedded systems built with "simple executives" are reaching their "use-by date" because they don't support memory protection. This leaves the space wide open.