Opinion: What will rate in 2008?

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| Open source will be creeping further into many enterprise and SMB products.
| Already in 2007 we've benchmarked open source routing code that can
| outperform the market leader. Given the vast amount and generally good
| quality of the open source code available, it makes sense for vendors to take
| advantage of it rather than reinvent the wheel.
| Along with the open source movement, we are witnessing a resurgence of the
| general-purpose computer as the platform for such specialized network
| functions as firewalls and intrusion-prevention devices. Since the 1990s, the
| trend has been toward using specialised, hardware ASICs in such devices to
| deliver the desired high throughput and low latency. Back then,
| general-purpose computers simply didn't have the horsepower to process data
| fast enough.


Not necessarily free software though...

The Five Open Source Business Models

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| Open source has become standard in silicon valley, with nearly every software
| startup planning to release at least some code. So far, they've found five
| main business models...
| 1. Sell support services...


Commercial the dominant word in open source

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| In fact nearly all open source development has a commercial aim to it:
| 1. You can sell support for your software, as Red Hat does.
| 2. You can sell services based on your software, as Automattic does.
| 3. You can share development costs and build on top of it, as Eclipse
| does.
| 4. You can limit others’ profit from software, as Open Office does.



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 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
| happened. * *


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.
| [...]
| In those businesses and organizations that have deployed Linux desktops, 39.5
| percent are running Linux on more than half of their machines.