Linux + Google OS + Chrome aim to make the browser the future. Look at Microsoft Office vs. OpenOffice/LibreOffice vs. Google Docs. http://bit.ly/jWRaLS Notice in US + Canada the browser app is cutting into desktop. The OpenOffice rebels moving to Google Docs. Subsequently, India + Philippines adopting because they work for US + CAN. The Chromium.org Chromebook video demonstrates this very well http://bit.ly/fRRHgy but there are others like Linux Mint and Peppermint Ice Linux.
This is the classic age-old battle of FSF+GNU decentralized vs. MSFT+APPL centralized platform locking strategy in general. Here you see Canonical’s Ubuntu cutting into marketshare of both Windows and OSX http://bit.ly/im7xi0
Cloud computing is definitely going to be the future for private sector. Clasically however, I expect big government to remain firmly rooted in the past except for black budget project cooperatives with Intel+IBM+GM.
In recognition of this fact, I propose a new international annual holiday where we all say thanks to AWS, Akamai, Heroku, and the millions of independent heros burning the midnight oil to dismantle those who seek to imprison information rather than keeping it free.
Thank you Google, Canonical, FSF, GNU, and … ok maybe Apple, sometimes.