2007: That Was a Very Good (Linux) Year

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| This once I wish I could attach an audio clip to the headline, so that you
| could hear William Shatner singing "It Was a Very Good Year", just to get
| into the proper mood. Because 2007 was a good year for computing on a number
| of different levels: better cheaper hardware, Linux continued to mature and
| grow, and thanks to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) there is not only
| some actual competition in the tech marketplace, but real growth and
| progress.
| The most important thing that came to light this year is how much Linux and
| FOSS drive the computer industry. It's not the oldtime traditional commercial
| companies that are "driving innovation" as they like to say, and which makes
| me want to hit something every time I hear it because it's such a big fat
| fib, but Linux and the FOSS world. So rather than getting all violent, let's
| take a look at some of the ways that Linux is leaving everyone else in the
| dust.


The year ahead: Steve's top 10 predictions

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| Ubuntu on the high street
| Imagine walking past your high street computer store (what's left of them)
| and seeing Tux in the window...
| Dell recently pledged continuing support for Ubuntu Linux. Couple that with
| recent news that the once 'direct sales only' company will soon be selling in
| both Tesco and DSGi stores, and it looks likely that the real mainstream
| users will get their first taste of penguin.
| Let us not forget, of course, the Asus EEE PC. It may be a conundrum to
| pronounce, but it's a Linux-powered mini-beast set to win the hearts of those
| looking for a truly mobile PC. The EEE PC - and its friends that may follow
| this year - could well spread the Linux love further still.



Signposts of GNU/Linux Growth in 2007, Part 1

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| It is sometimes forgotten that GNU/Linux is more than just a desktop
| operating system. Linux, being a well-engineered kernel, is used extensively
| and also funded for its important role in several different areas of
| computing. One needs to look for evidence of growth not only in desktops.
| Judgment must be based on multiple areas where GNU/Linux gains traction. * *


The top Linux/FOSS events of 2007

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| Sure, it’s been said before, but this time it’s true: 2007 was undoubtedly
| the year which saw Linux go mainstream. Linux has long accepted as a server
| platform and a playground for tweakers, hackers and the adventurous, but 2007
| saw major events which entrenched Linux on the desktop. Let’s look at what
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Survey Says … Linux Desktop Is Ever More Popular

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| The first thing we can say about the Linux desktop in 2007 is that there are
| more users than ever. The Linux Foundation 2006 survey had fewer than 10,000
| people signing in. This year more than 20,000 Linux desktop users reported
| in. *


Linux Users Base More Than doubled Over Last One Year: Survey

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| The number of Linux users has more than doubled over the last one year, says
| a new survey by DesktopLinux.com. The survey also said Ubuntu remains their
| Linux distribution of choice. *


Survey: Desktop Linux use grows

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| DesktopLinux.com, which is a Web site devoted to, obviously, desktop Linux,
| has finished a survey that found more than a doubling of Linux desktop users
| in the past year. *


Desktop Linux on the Rise, Linux Foundation Reports

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| For starters, almost 20,000 self-selected users filled out this year's survey
| compared with fewer than 10,000 in 2006's survey.
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| In those businesses and organizations that have deployed Linux desktops, 39.5
| percent are running Linux on more than half of their machines.