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Year-End 2002 Digest: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Dec 25, 2002, 11:30 (22 Talkback[s])

The end of the Gregorian calendar year brings out a great many year-in-review and year-ahead stories at the various media outlets. What struck Linux Today was that a lot of them we found mentioned Linux or open source, even if it was only in passing.

Rather than linking to all of these stories separately, we have gathered all of the pertinent excerpts from these stories in one place here in this special digest article. If some were missed, let us know--we will have time to do this again before the end of the year.

As Linux Today closes down the article feed for the Christmas holiday, feel free to use the Talkbacks in this article to to voice your opinion on what was the most important story of 2002. What do you think the direction of Linux and Open Source will be in 2003?

And now, this batch of year-end articles.

On 2002...

"On the Linux front, there were signs of fissure among backers of the insurgent operating system, with some lining up behind the UnitedLinux distribution and Red Hat, the distributor with the largest installed base, looking on. The success of Linux requires consistency. It's up to the Linux community to maintain it."

eWeek: Where We Stand on IT's Top Issues

"2002 saw an increasing interest in the operating systems debate deepen as a Microsoft vrs Open Source eclipsed all other stories..."

ZDNet Australia: 2002 - The Year That Was

On 2003...

"No one is denying that Linux has staked a claim in enterprise computing this year.

"Combined with Unix, Linux ties with Microsoft Windows on operating-system shipments, said Dan Kusnetzky, an IDC analyst. On the business side, companies are using Linux for various tasks including printing and routing e-mail messages.

"On the consumer side, Wal-Mart sells PCs that run on the Lindows platform, an operating system that is supposed to combine the cost-savings of Linux with the 'ease of a Windows environment...'"

Wired: IDC: Tech Bucks, Hack Threats Up, by Elisa Batista

"In 2003 the big in tech will continue to get bigger. Comparatively healthy telecoms will scoop up assets of the losers, and companies with lots of cash across the sector will buy devalued outfits in anticipation of a recovery. The services game will become more competitive as HP-Compaq and IBM focus on selling hardware at breakeven prices to fuel services. Microsoft will resume its forward march across a broad swath of software even though its desktop grip will weaken as Linux starts to encroaching overseas..."

BusinessWeek: Tech in 2002: A Time of Tumult, by Alex Salkever

"Open-source software has steadily moved from the preserve of elite aficionados to a true contender in the enterprise. Technology Editor Peter Coffee says, 'This could be a year in which everything from the desktop and server operating system to the ubiquitous office productivity suite' becomes a newly competitive market. That competition would be good for the users and industry as a whole..."

eWeek: Highs, Lows of 2002 Set the Stage for 2003, by Eric Lundquist