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Year-End 2002 Digest: More Recaps and Predictions

Dec 30, 2002, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])


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Continuing our compilation of Linux-related blurbs in the latest crop of year-end articles...

On 2002...

"Elsewhere in personal technology, change appeared only in disguise. For example, Microsoft won its judicial battle with the Justice Department, but its biggest threat actually may lie in such open-source software as the Mozilla Web browser, the OpenOffice productivity suite and the Linux operating system.

"I installed the first two programs this summer for curiosity's sake but stuck with them out of satisfaction. OpenOffice opened every Word document, Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation in my e-mail since July without complaint -- while insulating my PC from Office macro viruses. Similarly, Mozilla gave me a Web without pop-up ads, at the price of the rare site-specific glitch; better yet, it's already spawned both a couple of useful upgrades and speedy offshoots, including Phoenix and Chimera..."

Washington Post: Copyright Concerns Lead the Year's Big Fusses and Flaps, by Rob Pegoraro

"Few of the ominous potential traumas reported in 2002 turned out to have any real impact on most computer users. The Klez virus infected some machines and spawned spam that continues to clutter many e-mail inboxes. And the Linux Slapper worm made more work for some systems administrators for a while..."

Wired: So Many Holes, So Few Hacks, by Michelle Delio

"Seen that Fosters advert with the vacuum-loving robot? While that might not (yet) be a reality, humanoid robots that could serve a 'useful' (human job-threatening) purpose are developing rapidly. The Linux robot with the catchy name, HRP-2P, is being designed for the workplace as well as for entertainment. So if you already sit in an open-plan office where everyone IMs instead of talking, just think how much more fun it'll be when half of them are robots..."

ZDNet UK: 2002 Shows its Silly Side, by Laura Stobart

"Fortunately for competition, Linux, the rival open-source operating system to Microsoft's proprietary Windows, has gained ground in the server market and is considered a serious threat to Gates and Co., who are now busy plugging security holes in software and trying to make sense of its much-hyped but ultimately confusing Web-services strategy, centred around the company's poorly articulated dot-Net initiative..."

Toronto Star: Court Battles Stole '02 Tech Limelight, by Tyler Hamilton

On 2003...

"Linux, as we know it today, is an essentially European phenomenon. It started in Finland. KDE is centered in Germany and has close ties to Norwegian TrollTech. Mandrake is French, SuSE is German, and European governments have moved toward and supported Linux--and Open Source in general--faster than most governments elsewhere. The U.S. is the center of commercial Linux activity primarily because Red Hat and several other major distributions are based here, but most surveys show a higher percentage of European than U.S. developers writing Open Source software.

"But a growing number of 'next generation' Linux development is taking place in Asian countries, ranging from South Korea at one end of the continent to India diagonally across the continent's map, with China rising hugely--in the Linux sense--right in the middle of it all..."

NewsForge: Asia Will be the Center of Linux Development in 2003, by Robin Miller

"In the last two years, Linux has moved from a volunteer organization making a second-rate Unix clone to a fast-developing server platform in which all of the major enterprise players, including good Microsoft partners such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, and SAP, are investing. Microsoft lacks a coherent strategy for combating this product. As the company knows, from its own successes with Internet Explorer and Windows Media, free product tends to take the wind out of commercial business models (as Netscape and RealNetworks can attest). Although Linux has a ways to go before it equals Windows, the gap is narrowing. Microsoft needs to keep distance between Windows and Linux to justify price premiums. Hopes that the Linux community would fragment are not being realized, at least in 2003. In addition, the Linux community is showing renewed interest in the desktop; any Linux gains there will tarnish Microsoft's crown jewels, the desktop OS and Office, which generate virtually all of its profits..."

Directions on Microsoft: Microsoft's Top 10 Challenges for 2003

"Many of the budget PC offers--like LG's 'My PC'--come with pre-loaded Linux, thus paring off about Rs. 3000 from the total cost. Indian PC makers like Zenith and HCL have also announced aggressive pricing in recent days and if there is no sharp rise in the price of memory, Rs. 20,000 may well buy a full-fledged multimedia machine with a contemporary specification, in the near future..."

The Hindu: Hi-Tech Gadgets May Become More Affordable in 2003, by Anand Parthasarathy

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