Hurwitz & Associates' Robin Bloor, founder and president of Bloor Research, foresees a virtually inevitable dominance of both PC and server markets worldwide by GNU/Linux, led by Google's DIY (Do-It-Yourself) servers and a block called the BIC -- if not by the whole BRIC ( BRIC: Brazil, Russia, India, China). See BeLow.
Could Vietnam make it VBRIC? It will likely need a lot more help from government and threats from Microsoft if either its user or developers, local or foreign, are to be weaned off MS piracy addiction.
Could Linux become the dominant OS? - Gradual triumph
Linux probably doesn't trail Windows by much and it will almost certainly dominate in time. The determining factor is the emerging economies where Linux is growing at a much faster rate.
Linux has two very important advantages for developing economies such as China, India, and Brazil:
- It can be used to establish a local software industry with local skills.
- The cost of adopting it is lower by far than any alternative.