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Two decades of Linux: the big open source stories of 2011

Dec 30, 2011, 20:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Gallagher)

"In 1999, Linux founder Linus Torvalds joked about plans for world domination. But as the Linux kernel celebrated its 20th birthday this year, Linux, and open source in general, have achieved a limited version of world domination...

But there's still at least one place where Linux hasn't achieved the dreams of Tux the Penguin t-shirt wearing true believers, and that's the desktop. It isn't from a lack of trying, to be sure, with two major new Linux desktop environment releases this year: GNOME 3.0 and Ubuntu's Unity interface. GNOME 3.0 was a major update for the GNOME Project, originally launched by Miguel de Icaza and Frederico Mena in 1997. Efforts to kickstart a 3.0 version of the desktop environment had been in the works for almost six years, finally gaining traction in 2008. In our review of the release, we found the new shell—based on the Clutter drawing toolkit—to be simple and unobtrusive, but ran into problems with with graphics card compatibility in the openSUSE implementation.

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