"...OK -- free software is not dead, or even dying. But we're
putting it in the category of biggest non-stories of the year
because in 2000 the billowing hype that had been associated with
all things open-source and Linux-y suddenly evaporated. In 2000,
the free software growth curve flattened out. Progress became
incremental and boring, rather than lightning-fast and
"Just as free software benefited disproportionately in 1999 from
the excesses of the dot-com economy, which helped launch Red Hat
and VA Linux to the tune of huge IPOs, so also, in 2000, did the
collapse of the new economy drag down the valuations of Linux
companies and other open-source startups. The career trajectory of
hacker Bruce Perens, who went from coordinating the Debian
GNU/Linux project to running a venture capital fund devoted to
open-source, to becoming a consultant for Hewlett-Packard is just
one snapshot of the overall trajectory. Even the heated
Microsoft/Linux clashes of 1999 receded into the background in
"Behind the scenes, however, hackers are still busy, of
course, and one could argue that the whole rise of the peer-to-peer
movement is just the latest wave of what free software is all
about. And ultimately, what difference does it make if the
companies attempting to capitalize on open-source rise or fall.
Hacker's will hack, regardless."
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