One of the more interesting predictions that Swaine makes is that it would be "shocking" if Linux doesn't steal a significant piece of the market from Microsoft--of course, which version of desktop Linux will prevail is still a major question.
And Swaine doesn't limit his analysis to desktop operating systems only. After all, one of the biggest OS fights going on is in the cell phone and handheld device arena, which is seeing versions of Windows, Linux, and maybe even the Mac OS battling it out for dominance along with more established small operating systems such as Symbian. And then there's the question of whether operating systems are perhaps becoming irrelevant or even unnecessary. Have you been following the operating system arena? How do you think things are likely to play out over the next few years? Would you consider a move to Linux? Let us know by replying to the InformationWeek blog.