"It's been an eventful year in the Linux world, but probably not
for all the reasons we'd all like. Undoubtedly it's been yet
another year of great advancements of Linux, particularly on the
desktop, but the ongoing work on the server shouldn't be ignored
either. With tools like KDE, Gnome, OpenOffice and others maturing
this year, there's no doubt that people are beginning to notice
Linux more as a potential replacement for Windows.
"In the backroom, more companies are beginning to see Linux as
more of an official solution to their problems, than a toy OS that
the geeks use when the bosses aren't looking. We've already got
companies like IBM, Sun and Dell selling Linux on hardware as a
solution, not an add-on, and grid computing and render farms--like
the one used to produce the Sinbad films which ran on HP
hardware--are becoming more common..."