UEFI, the secure boot, could be an opportunity for Linux
There must be a limit to what an average user is willing to tolerate.
I can imagine future, where new hardware will be labeled "Linux friendly' or 'MS friendly'. It would be end of dual boot, but a boost for free software. BUT.
For that to happen, Linux, and I mean Ubuntu family in particular,
would have to change. Change fundamentally - its whole philosophy and mode of operation.
When I started with Ubuntu, in times of Breezy Badger, MS windows was known for its 'blue screen of death' and Linux was solid. Like a rock. It required some effort and skill, but it was robust and SIMPLE.
BUT, times has changed.
Installing later releases Ubuntu, I have this old joke popping into my mind. Before the Berlin Wall fell, it was popular in the communistic countries as they were called in the west. They called themselves socialistic countries. Communism was something they were building, before they changed their mind. Anyway, the joke goes like this:
Joe dies and goes to heaven. However, at the gate st. Peter looks into a book and says: I have bad news and good news for you.
"Bad news is that you are not going to heaven but to the hell. Good news is that you can choose: capitalistic hell or socialistic hell. Which one do you want?"
Joe scratches had and says "What's the difference?".
"Well, in capitalistic hell they boil you in the hot oil and prick you with pins. In socialistic hell they prick you with pins and boil you in oil" explained St. Peter.
"That is an easy choice", Joe said : "you know St,Peter how it is under socialism: Sometimes there is no oil, other times, no pins. I want to go to socialistic hell".
It was like that with recent releases in the Ubuntu family. Sometimes there is no sound, other times all browsers get caught in near-infinite loops, and so on.
Ubuntu did a lot for the Open software, but alas. Mark S. is not immune to disease of past great leaders. With 10+ million followers, he is now looking for world domination:
"By the time Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (long term support) rolls around, it is hoped that the core work on 13.04 will allow Canonical to produce an OS that runs equally well on laptops, desktops, smart-phones, tablets, and TVs..." I would not want live in a world like that.
Unfazed by mass defections from Unity our leader is preparing for his Waterloo. I escaped in time (knowing that regimes tend to close the border) and went wandering trough the family: Kubuntu has not on;y "it's own word for everything", but even it's own application.
we do not want new and 'better' applications and interfaces.
Who needs another browser, file manager .. We want
the old applications to work. Reliably, robustly, out of the CD.
(By 'we' I do not imply 'we, the people', just one of the people, and perhaps somebody will second this?)