The end of 2007 has passed, for those who keep time by UTC, and that includes Linux Today. At the start of each new year, it is a tradition here at this publication to review the stories of the previous year that captured the most attention from you. This year is no exception.
Looking over the 20 most-read stories of 2007, it appears that the most important event of the year for Linux was actually the coming of Vista.
We all speculated that a bad release of Microsoft's flagship operating system would bring a bonus to Linux on the desktop. How right they were. No one, however, could have predicted how incredibly bad Vista was. So bad, that even once-cowed OEM manufacturers began to sell pre-loaded Linux machines. (To add insult to injury, they even started re-selling XP-loaded boxes.)
Vista's coming did indeed give a boost to Linux on the desktop, but it was the pseudo-stealthy inclusion of Linux on various popular devices (the OLPC's XO laptop, the ASUS Eee PC, and Everex gPC) that quite subtlely gave Linux prominence on the desktop. In some cases, consumers of these products may not have even realized that they were using Linux, which further shored up the point that the community was making all along: you don't need umpteen-thousand applications to be a great OS. You just need a few hundred really great applications.
But enough about that--there'll be plenty of time to talk about it in 2008. Here, then, are the top 20 most-read stories on Linux Today for 2007 (as of 1700 UTC on 12/31/2007):
19. Hoosier Penguin: An Escape Clause for Novell in GPL3 Draft? (13297 reads) When version 3 of the GPL was being drafted, the draft that came out on March 28 had an interesting addition: a proposed grandfather clause in the patents section that would allow existing patent promise deals such as the one between Novell and Microsoft to remain valid. That clause garnered a lot of discussion on LT after I pointed it out in my blog.
15. Desktop Linux: Google Desktop Arrives on Linux (13766 reads) Many users lamented the lack of Google Desktop tools for Linux, and in June they got their wish when Google finally released a Linux version. As time went on, the lack of a complete set of Google Desktop tools put some tarnish on this release.
14. Next Release of Ubuntu LTS Announced (14891 reads) I don't often post original news on LT, but every once in a while I get a piece of information that I want to post right away. In this case, I posted this during Mark Shuttleworth's keynote address at the Ubuntu Live conference in July. Before he was done speaking, the story was live. Ah, the magic of the Internet...
10. Editor's Note: Linux Bling With 100% Free Software (17600 reads) Linux Today is mostly run by me, but I am also fortunate to have the assistance of writer/editor-extraordinaire Carla Schroder. The proof of her writing power is in this top-10 article about the pitfalls of proprietary encroachment in Linux.
4. LinuxQuestions: NdisWrapper: The Ultimate Guide (38862 reads) Every once in a while, there comes a guide or tutorial that's well-written and very timely. The constant headache of Wi-Fi drivers on laptop Linux made this ndiswrapper guide a big draw.
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