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OfB.biz: 2003 in Review: One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward

Jan 05, 2004, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

[ Thanks to Timothy R. Butler for this link. ]

"This year was a year that wasn't exactly how we might have hoped, but overall, the state of GNU/Linux was overall better at this side of 2003 than it was at the other. In our annual tradition, what follows is a look at the ups--and downs--of GNU/Linux and Free/Open Source Software in 2003.

"The year started hopeful--in our last year-end article, I said, 'all indications seem to suggest that 2003 might just be even better [than 2002].' However, our hopes were temporarily dashed. By the end of January, one of the key players in the GNU/Linux desktop market--MandrakeSoft--had entered bankruptcy protection. Nearly a year later, Mandrake appears to be poised to reemerge in much better financial health, but at the time, many thought it might end up being liquidated.

"It was about this time that rumors first started to circulate that the SCO Group had hired Boies, Schiller & Flexner. By March, SCO Group had taken away the air of mystery and announced their intent: to sue IBM and argue that the Linux kernel contained code illegally stolen from SCO's UNIX intellectual property. This suit quickly became a large scale 'war' between SCO and the Free Software community as SCO broadened its range of attack and even started selling 'licenses to use Linux...'"

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