Schaller On Linux In 2018: Rust Rules, Apple Declines, Linux Graphics Compete
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 16 December 2017 at 07:47 AM EST. 72 Comments
Christian Schaller who has long been involved in GNOME/Fedora development while serving as a senior software engineering manager at Red Hat and formerly with Collabora has some bold predictions about 2018 for open-source software.

Schaller has done a wonderful job piloting Fedora Workstation from a technical perspective and with his close involvement on the Fedora/GNOME/GStreamer fronts has some interesting ideas about what may happen in 2018:

- Meson becomes the defacto build system in the Linux community.

- Rust puts itself on a trajector to replace C/C++ for low-level programming.

- Apple declines as a PC vendor.

- Traditional Linux distribution packaging for desktop applications will start fading in favor of Flatpak.

- Linux graphics will become competitive across the board. Though part of this he thinks that Aspyr/Feral Linux game ports by the end of 2018 will begin performing as well as the Windows games.

- The H.265 format will be considred a failure and moving forward all new codecs will be open-source / royalty free.

What do you think of Christian's predictions? What else do you think might come for open-source/Linux in 2018? You can read his 2018 predictions in full via his Be sure to share with us in the forums what you hope will come of 2018.
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