For many of you, and for Linux Today's servers, 2003 has already
arrived. May we be the first to wish you a healthy and happy new
Since we are tuned to Universal Time, this is officially our
first story for the year--and we thought it would be appropriate to
take one last look at the big stories of 2002. But rather than
inflict our own ideas of what were the big stories, we thought that
we should present the results of the poll of popular opinion.
In 2002, Linux made some signifcant strides in every area the
operating system touched: clustering, general server, embedded
technology... even the desktop, which had apparently been declared
dead a bit too early.
Linux also made great strides in education and government use.
So much so, we had to add a new category on Linux Today just to
handle public and educational deployments.
For our own end-of-year wrapup, we wanted to take this
opportunity to list the ten most-read stories that were posted on
Linux Today in 2002. Within this list will be some insight from the
editors as to why this story was important, or what they were
thinking when they posted it.
Before the list, a quick program note: because of the holiday,
Linux Today's feed will be suspended until 1700 UTC (noon, EST)
tomorrow on January 1.
Source of Story: Linux Today Author of Story: Richard M. Stallman Posted by: Michael Hall Date of Post: January 11, 2002 Number of Reads: 24,934 Editor's Notes: Richard Stallman codifies onw of
the banes of a Linux user's existence: getting those attached Word
documents in an e-mail. Granted, OpenOffice takes a lot of the pain
out of this process, but promoting truly open standards is never a
Source of Story: gnome-hackers mailing list Author of Story: Miguel de Icaza Posted by: Michael Hall Date of Post: February 6, 2002 Number of Reads: 26,746 Editor's Notes: When Miguel de Icaza first
announced the Mono Project, he drew a lot of fire for making
comments that led people to believe that GNOME would eventually be
based on .NET technology. In this article, he cleared up the
confusion and answered some of the criticisms in an argument that
would last for much of the first half of the year.
Source of Story: Linux Today Author of Story: Brian Proffitt Posted by: Brian Proffitt Date of Post: August 30, 2002 Number of Reads: 27,061 Editor's Notes: This one came to us as an
anonymous tip, with very little information to use. It took me two
days to to use my rusty Spanish and track down at least some of the
players involved in the government's decision to move to open
Currently, the political upheavals in Venezuela seem to have put
this shift on hold, though any one closer to the situation is
welcome to chime in here and correct this supposition.
Source of Story: linux-kernel mailing list Author of Story: Unknown Posted by: Brian Proffitt Date of Post: April 1, 2002 Number of Reads: 29,001 Editor's Notes: The date of post says it all. Many
people wrote in on this one, congratulating us or criticizing us
for pulling a fast one. But, ultimately, the joke was on me. When I
posted it, I thought it was Linus being funny--later evidence
indicated that it was a spoofed message all along.
Source of Story: linux-kernel mailing list Author of Story: Linus Torvalds Posted by: Brian Proffitt Date of Post: May 18, 2002 Number of Reads: 36,459 Editor's Notes: There was nothing very special
about this particular release of the Linux 2.5 kernel. Some XML
mods seemed to pique some interest, but not much else. What made
this kernel announcement so popular was Linus' switch to a
re-formatted BitKeeper changelog.
The old changelog format (still seen on Kernel.org) was so long
that many kernel mailing list participants complained. The end
result: a shorter, mosre compressed version of the same data, which
was a welcome relief for mailing list and Linux Today readers
Source of Story: Red Hat Author of Story: Red Hat Posted by: Brian Proffitt Date of Post: July 3, 2002 Number of Reads: 39,557 Editor's Notes: What would become Red Hat 8.0, one
of the best and more controversial distros ever was announced in
early July. The Bluecurve desktop theme made its illustrious debut
Source of Story: GNU.org.pe Author of Story: Dr. Edgar David Villanueva
Nunez Posted by: Brian Proffitt Date of Post: May 7, 2002 Number of Reads: 45,588 Editor's Notes: This is the one that started it
all. Governments and open source organizations all over the world
would soon herald this open letter from a Peruvian Congressman to
Microsoft's Peru division.
Succinct, strongly worded, and definitely written by a
politician who is no one's fool, this single document did more to
dispell the fear, uncertainty, and doubt about Linux, free
software, and open source software than any other document this
Some in the media have credited this letter for starting other
governments to seriously question their committments to proprietary
Source of Story: CIN Author of Story: Dan Orzech Posted by: Brian Proffitt Date of Post: October 8, 2002 Number of Reads: 48,519 Editor's Notes: There were two TCO studies that
caused ripples in the Linux community this Fall: this one, from the
Robert Frances Group, was the first.
According to the study, the cost of running Linux is roughly 40%
that of Microsoft Windows over a three-year period. This would
later be challanged be a five-year projected study released by IDC
in November. Unfortunately, the mainstream media seemed more
interested in the latter study, thanks to a widely-dispersed
AP report that made the rounds of several newspapers over the
Source of Story: Linux Today Author of Story: Brian Proffitt Posted by: Brian Proffitt Date of Post: July 3, 2002 Number of Reads: 49,316 Editor's Notes: July 3 was a good day for LT--this
is the second of two stories on this list from that day.
This one came from another anonymous source, who only sent in
one thing: a link to the LWE map of their exhibition floor. Three
phone calls later, this story was born. A conversation with
Microsoft's Peter Houston was added later that same day, which gave
the story even more legs.
Source of Story: Linux Today Author of Story: Dee-Ann LeBlanc and Stacey
Tipton Posted by: Brian Proffitt Date of Post: May 21, 2002 Number of Reads: 53,547 Editor's Notes: This was the one we worked hardest
to get. Knowing the importance of his letter, I assigned this story
to Dee-Ann, who skillfully tracked down Congressman Villanueva and
set up an international translated interview. (This story, by the
way, holds the current all-time record for most expensive, once all
the fees for the phone calls and translators came in.)
This interview offered us all a first glimpse at the man who
wrote the now-famous letter to Microsoft Peru, and let us see that
he was the genuine article.
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