"Meh - The Disappearing Linux Netbook - When the first EEE PC
launched, it ran Linux, giving Linux a 100 per cent share in the
netbook market. By the end of 2008 though, reports of Linux's
market share in the netbook market put it at anywhere between 30
per cent and 10 per cent. What happened? Microsoft turned up with a
cheap XP licence which was trimmed and fitted for the
specifications of the new netbooks. This has lead to the netbook
market coming into line with the general laptop market. Part of the
blame lies with the Linux distributions on netbooks, which are
still maturing. By next year, we should see packages of the next
Ubuntu Linux release, tuned for particular netbooks, but it is
probably much too late for Linux to go back to a dominant share of
"Win - GPL victories - The GPL had a good year, thanks to the
Software Freedom Law Center and their well thought out process of
engage, negotiate and litigate. A number of successes on behalf of
BusyBox has lead the FSF and SFLC to now go after Cisco, a company
they consider a major offender. The year also saw the appearance of
guides from the SFLC on how companies should deal with GPL software
and violations of the GPL, making the legal situation much clearer.
GPL V3 and the AGPL also had a good steady year of winning
acceptance, and a lot of small wins make a big win."
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