I've been using computers now for well more then half my life now. Considering the first computer I ever used was a Radio Shack TRS-80 down at my local library, let's just say, it's been a few years now. Having gone through most of the personal computers back in the 80's and early 90's, I've had the chance to play with some pretty exciting things at the time. My TI-99/4A was a favorite as well as the Commodore 64 and Amiga line. (I should really hook my Amiga 500 back up some day.) But what does this have to do with Linux you might ask. Well let's say, evolution. Back then, what we did with 8 bit computers was amazing at the time. With each new generation of PC that comes out, it seems we are just pushing the boundaries further.
I just recently built a new PC, which is just a plain powerhouse. The different OS'es I can run on it at one time are just amazing. Yes, multiple OS'es at the same time. (Gotta love virtualization.) Back in the day, just getting a BASIC program to run off of a cassette tape was incredible. But with the internet, and having so much data at your fingertips, most people are quite spoiled now, and some may never know what us early adopters had to deal with.
So what this leads me to is an article I found over on linuxinsider.com where they talk about 'The Life Expectancy of Linux'. Give the article a read, and see what you think about where Linux is going in the future and think about your computer past, and where you have come from.