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Linux Weekly News for December 28, 2000

Dec 28, 2000, 20:40 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet, Elizabeth O. Coolbaugh)

Leading items and editorials: And so the year comes to the close, Some major development milestones we'd like to celebrate and What will the next year bring?

"And so the year comes to the close. And what a year! 2000 stands out for highs and lows for Linux and Free Software. This is the time of year when we take a step back and try to get an overall perspective, as well as some guesses as to what lies ahead. For those of you interested in previous such efforts, feel free to check out the end-of-year coverage from 1999 and 1998 as well...."

"Some major development milestones we'd like to celebrate: XFree86 4.0, KDE 2.0, Perl 5.6.0, PHP 4.0, PostgreSQL 7.0, Gnucash 1.4, Python 1.6 and 2.0, and Netscape 6 (the first based on Mozilla). Some exciting products not yet to a stable release included Helix Code's Evolution and Eazel's Nautilus, both exciting projects for the future of the desktop. Don't shoot us for leaving out the other 99% -- this edition would never have made it out the door...."

"Now for the hard part. What will the next year bring? Well, we'll refrain from any attempt to predict the overall economic health of the US or any other country in the world. Nonetheless, we will predict that Free Software and the value of the concepts behind it will weather both good news and bad. In the midst of a massive loss of value for Linux stocks on the NASDAQ exchange, IBM announced plans to pour a billion US dollars into Linux next year and more billions of dollars over the years to come. Dell has announced major commitments to the Linux platform. All of the major software companies out there are focused on Linux and Free Software, no longer as a get-rich trick, but as an essential part of their business plan...."

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