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"Things are really starting to move in Linux -- but we're still waiting on some of the biggest developments. Kernel 2.4 is just about to be released, and we've been graced with a 2.4.0 pre-release, which means we're out of the test phase and I'm sure at the rate Linus and company have been working, we'll see a release candidate any time now."

"With the new year ringing in, we also will most likely see the reign of the new champion of Linux graphics adapters. That company? Why, NVidia, of course! In case you haven't heard yet, 3dfx's core assets have been acquired by NVidia, and that means that we will also be seeing the end of the excellent open-source effort by 3dfx on their line of graphics cards. It's sad to see them go, especially after waiting on Precision Insight to finish the drivers for what seemed like forever. We may never see the final Voodoo4/5 drivers with the likes of Full Screen Anti-Aliasing (FSAA), but hopefully the community will pick up the drivers and finish them up for all those users out there still clinging to their 3dfx graphics cards."

"There has been a lot going on in graphics cards as of late. With the release of XFree86 4.0.2, we've also seen the ATI Radeon come into the picture for Linux. The Radeon is an extremely powerful chipset and even gave NVidia a run for its money upon release. The main factor that hurts ATI is the lack of continued driver development. However, one questions if this will be the case in the future if ATI has a deal with Precision Insight (also developing ATI's drivers) to make this set of drivers the open-source variety."

"In other areas, Linux has been quiet, but one interesting and perhaps cryptic development is that of copy protection and Serial ATA. This may mean that Linux will pick this up very late or reluctantly or that there will have to be modifications to the specifications. One could only imagine all the hard drives being hoarded by *NIX users if such a thing would happen. I'm already stockpiling them along with my generators from the Y2K scare."

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