There's an interesting article called "Open Source 2007" that appears in Educause Review magazine. The irony is that the article was published in 2004 and was somewhat avant garde at the time. While it's hard to make predictions (especially about the future!), it's clear that most of the ideas on open source have come to be accepted. Brad Wheeler, CIO of Indiana University and an open source advocate with the research and statistics to back up his views, makes a compelling case for why open source
will has already become mainstream. Adoption of open source software --both infrastructure and applications-- has accelerated faster than many have predicted, though perhaps it has become more accepted in commercial markets and among high-tech companies than in academia.