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CNET News.com: Top stories of 1999 cut wide swath

Dec 31, 1999, 01:49 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeff Pelline, Scott Ard)

"The year 1999 will go down as the year that high-tech went mainstream--totally...."

"Next year promises more of the same as consumers continue to buy PCs and log onto the Internet and as the New Economy grows. Here's a summary of 20 of the year's top stories (culled from about 14,300) that were published by CNET News.com...."

"6. Linux goes to work. The popularity of the upstart operating system exploded, as it grabbed more headlines, increased interest from Microsoft and the attention of Wall Street. Linux companies--Red Hat, VA Linux Systems, Andover.Net and Cobalt Networks--all had highly successful IPOs. At year-end, in a symbolic gesture, a Linux programmer even bailed out Microsoft, paying a $35 domain-name registration fee to get its Hotmail email up and running again."

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