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A decade of Linux

Dec 28, 2009, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

[ Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for this link. ]

"Let's take a look at this last decade and see how Linux made its journey from niche operating system to its current prominence.

"2001 - Linux Kernel 2.4

"The Linux 2.2 kernel was great... for standalone servers and brave desktop users. It was only after the Linux 2.4 kernel was introduced in early January 2001 that Linux took dead aim at moving from Web servers and branch file and print servers to running the enterprise. Yes, it added some desktop-friendly features, better device support in general and USB support that really worked in specific, but its improved support for clustering, multiple processors and up to 64GBs of memory is what paved its way to being an enterprise server powerhouse.

"2001 - The Mixed Blessing of Proprietary Drivers

"With Linux 2.4's new driver model it became possible for vendors to support Linux with proprietary drivers. NVIDIA with 32-bit 3D graphics drivers, followed in 2002 with 64-bit drivers, was the first proprietary software/hardware company to take advantage of it. The good news is it let people use proprietary software and firmware-based graphic and Wi-Fi devices on Linux. The bad news is that you have to use proprietary software even now to get the most from some devices"

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