Life after Linus Torvalds, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

This thought has continuously been in my mind – what will happen to Microsoft after Bill Gates, and whether Linux would remain a force to reckon with after Linus Torvalds, Richard M. Stallman and Mark Shuttleworth (for Ubuntu). I was generally browsing through the internet and came across an advertisement on about a book by Mary Jo Foley, titled “Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era“. Here’s what the summary is

No one – including Microsoft’s own leadership – can predict exactly what’s next for Microsoft. But lots of smart folks, inside and outside the company, have some pretty educated guesses. This book provides a quick look back at Microsoft’s past, and then it focuses on the people, products, and strategies that will define the next chapter for Microsoft.

So, as it seems, there are people who are spending their time thinking about What next?. Not having RMS and Linus sometimes gives me jitters, as to what way would Linux and other open source software be headed to. No doubt, Canonical, Novell and Redhat would take it forward, but then it might traverse into a commercial/non open-source domain. Same is for Microsoft. I don’t trust Steve Ballmer, and probably he’d be the one who may be responsible for the downfall of the Microsoft Empire. It though can survive for a significant amount of time, considering the deep pockets that it has. And a fellow wordpress blogger has written about “What happens to Apple after Steve Jobs“.

When we were kids and used to study history, it depicted that the once the leaders who made their provinces successful were gone, the downfall began. Sometimes the downfall spanned a few decades due to the wealth that was accumulated by the leaders – and it bred a sense of complacency in the newer generations. Spending the wealth without any profitable returns was primarily what took them on the declining path.

Since our world is pretty much dependent on these evangelists, I hope that the next generations would take it forward in a better sense.