LinuxPlanet: The Year In Review: LinuxPlanet’s Picks for the Best and Worst of 2001

2001 has come to a close and LinuxPlanet editorial staffers
offer their picks for the best of the past year in distributions,
browsers, text editors, small projects (including a very handy
portal-builder, and an automated RPM production tool) and more,
plus nods to several Dead Horses That Need to Be Shot Once

2001 is almost over, and there are plenty of ways to
look at the past twelve months.

While some Linux companies stepped into profitability, others
disappeared or had to release workers to stay afloat. Tragic world
events shaped interactions among Linux enthusiasts. A new kernel
(2.4) was released, and the road to yet another was begun with the
opening of the 2.5 tree. The major distributions continued to
improve, while others redefined themselves, or altogether

Rather than presenting a definitive ‘Editor’s Choice’ article,
the LinuxPlanet editorial staff has decided to present a more
free-flowing look at the year that was that touches on highlights
in key areas without trying to put too neat a bow on the


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