"It's time to look back on the events that shaped the free and
open source software world in 2004. And why not--you expect this
kind of story on December 31, right? Well, alrighty then. Here, in
rough chronological order, are our Top Nine.
"1. Novell completes SUSE buy, releases new SUSE version
"Novell's acquisition of SUSE Linux, announced in 2003 and
completed in 2004, has to be considered for the title of 'story of
the year' for Linux. The story is important for its symbolism as
much as for the way it changes the Linux landscape. Novell is an
old-school, proprietary, battle-hardened veteran of the land of
'Survival in a Windows World...'"