With 2020 coming up, what will happen next to Linux? Joey Sneddon, author of the Omg Ubuntu website, gives five predictions for Linux and open source:
Linux devices will explode
Next year we’re going to see a lot of new Linux hardware coming out, which isn’t crazy speculation.
Sneddon wants to know if we can end up with a Linux laptop that isn’t based on an Intel/Nvidia combination? He says he’s doing a great job of running Ubuntu on AMD hardware.
The new year will be led by Pine64 and the upcoming Pine Phone. The $149 Linux phone is affordable and runs open source software supported by the mainstream Linux kernel. And the company behind it won’t stop there. Also scheduled for launch in 2020 are the $79 PineTab Linux tablet and the $25 PineTime smartwatch, which are not Linux-based, but do run open source software. If Pine64 releases more hardware next year, it won’t be surprising, it’s expected, whether it’s a new product or an improvement.
Focal becomes the focus
After the release of Ubuntu 19.10, users voted for the “best Ubuntu version in a decade.” Next, the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, expected to be released in April 2020, will be one of the most significant, especially for those upgraded from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Tens of millions of Ubuntu users use the LTS version, which means that LTS updates are important.
Although previous LTS versions are still available, it may not be optimal. In the past two years, gNOME Shell alone has made significant performance improvements. Sneddon believes that Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will stand out after that.
WSL will be improved even more
WSL, once known as Bash on Windows’ Ubuntu, is one of the big news stories of the year, thanks in part to the huge improvement in WSL2.
Canonical hopes that next year WSL will become more popular on Ubuntu. Not only did the company become a sponsor of Microsoft’s first WSL conference, but it was also actively hiring more developers and investing more resources in the work.
This time last year, few people thought linux would be an integral part of Microsoft’s development strategy, as it is now. As the developer community continues to push the boundaries of technical capabilities, the WSL is expected to make more unexpected leaps in 2020.
GNOME operating system appears
This bold prediction sounds crazy, but in Sneddon’s view, it makes sense.
His impression of GNOME is that the GNOME design team’s vision of how to use the GNOME Shell desktop is not consistent with the way the GNOME Shell desktop is actually used, especially in the downstream release.
Some of the “concerns” surrounding the impact of third-party GTK themes, alternative style sheets, different icons, and so on make one wonder whether using GNOME OS as expected, at least in a simplified world. KDE Neon’s success attests to the desire for first-class presentation in a “desired” way.
Improvements in low-end device performance will be the main trend in most major Linux distributions next year.
GNOME 3.34 brings significant performance gains. With the help of Ubuntu developers, this work will continue in the upcoming GNOME 3.36 and GNOME 3.38 releases.
In addition, KDE Plasma has proven its viability on low-power ARM laptops such as pineBook Pro. And because Raspberry Pi 4 now offers a “desktop”-style experience, there are plenty of opportunities for distributions in this particular area.
Coupled with the early stages of desktop support from Alpine Linux and growing interest in lighter Linux distributions such as Peppermint OS, Zorin OS Lite, and elementary OS, Sneddon believes it is a prediction for low-performance startup it’s inevitable.
In addition to the above predictions, Sneddon expressed his vision for the next step, which is to extend Linux battery life, more great native Linux applications, and a better App Store for Ubuntu.
What do you think and expect about Linux and open source in the new year?