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The last year for Linux was an exciting one. The little hobby project from Finland turned 20, rolled over the 3.0 milestone, and dominated almost everything from mobile devices to supercomputers. That's a tough year to follow, but 2012 will still be an interesting year for Linux.
Linux doesn't really have a roadmap. What you get is the result of collaboration among hundreds of developers from many companies. Nobody is setting up a feature list and directing developers to work on them—things make it into the kernel (or are taken out) when a developer (often as part of their day job) submits a patch and gets it accepted. This isn't always a straightforward process, and it can take months or years for some features to make it in, if at all.
But if you pay attention to discussion in the Linux community, you can get a reasonably good idea what's going to happen in the near future. Here are a few things you can expect to see in Linux in 2012.