Rex Ballard <rex.ballard@xxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> On May 28, 3:16 pm, "amicus_curious" <A...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> "Moshe, Goldfarb." <brickn.str...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> > Is this the year of Linux?
>> No. From what I had been reading, 2005 was the Year of Linux. Of course
>> that was in 2004. I had heard a report in 2005 that they had moved the date
>> to 2006 in order to match the Vista release, but when that was delayed, the
>> Year of Linux apparently became 2007. I haven't heard much more about it
>> though. Have you?
> Actually, The "year of Linux" was 1999, when the DOJ was prosecuting
> Microsoft for Antitrust, Microsoft was trying to squeeze more money
> out of OEMs and Corporate Customers, and IBM officially "blessed"
> Linux as a supported Operating System.
I think you're right, at least in terms of Linux getting corporate
mind-share. I think we've seen several tipping points in different
markets since then. 1999 was where major corporates started to tip.
> Since then, Linux has taken more and more server market share, Linux
> "appliances" have become ubiquitious, Linux powered consumer devices
> including HDTV, SDTV, and DVRs as well as many HD DVD players been
> powered by Linux or embedded Unix.
Things which go down as seminal steps include:
FSF/GNU (gcc, bash, libc, etc. etc.)
Gnome & KDE
Motorola phones (A780 etc.)
> OSS applications like FireFox, OpenOffice, Thunderbird, Cygwin, and
> Cygwin based applications have proliferated aggressively. In
> addition, Platform Independent technology such as Java, Perl, Ruby,
> and Eclipse have moved into a dominant position in the marketplace,
> with fewer and fewer applications written to the "Microsoft-Only"
> languages and APIs.
> Server virtualization has become the de-facto standard, with Linux
> running as the core kernel as well as most of the client operating
> systems. Desktop virtualization has become increasingly popular as a
> way to reduce the time and effort required to recover Windows systems
> than run amok, recovery time for a fully configured system drops from
> 40 hours to about 30 minutes.
Desktop recovery seemed previously to be mostly around a "reinstall"
viewpoint. Linux doesn't suffer from this problem, so I suspect that
we'll see the end of the reinstall as the "fix-all" approach.
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