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Linux Journal: Editors' Choice Awards

Nov 09, 2001, 01:37 (3 Talkback[s])

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"The Linux landscape has been altered considerably since last year's Editors' Choice Awards, which were given at what was somewhere near the peak of the technology/dot-com boom from which the economy is still attempting to recover. Last year we remarked at the difficulty of choosing winners among such a numerous field of competitors, and you'd think that a reduction in competitors necessarily would make the decisions easier. But it ain't necessarily so. Though there's been a decrease of vendors in some categories (most notably hardware), there are still numerous quality offerings (free and otherwise) that, along with the Linux kernel, have improved in quality during the last year.

The Linux Journal Editors' Choice Awards are open to both open-source and proprietary software, and among this year's picks in the software categories you'll find representations of both. While all of us may now be smug in being able to choose among so many open-source products for our software needs, let's not forget to do our best to ensure this choice continues by guarding against the dangers of SSSCA-like legislation that would require mandatory Digital Rights Management, making a free or even source-available operating system illegal. Write directly to Senator Hollings and Senator Stevens and to your representatives if you are a US citizen (you can look your representative up on congress.org), support or join the Electronic Frontier Foundation and educate friends and associates.

Contrary to last year we won't encourage the use of alcohol in reconciling you to any of our choices that may not be in accord with your own. But if you find yourself piqued in the extreme with any of our selections, may I refer you to our Readers' Choice Awards?"

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