[News] A Look Back at Another Excellent Year for GNU/Linux

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Top Linux Moments of 2008

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| It’s been a rather interesting year for Linux, with just enough ups and downs 
| to keep us on our toes.  And, being as it is the heart of December, I figured 
| now is a good time to scour through the Linux Action Shows of the past year 
| and find, what I consider to be, the top moments from 2008.   


NVIDIA Linux 2008 Year in Review

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| Yesterday we had published our AMD Linux 2008 Year in Review where we had 
| provided a recap of all major features introduced in their Linux driver over 
| the past year as well as taking the time to re-benchmark every Catalyst 
| driver released this year. We have been doing this process annually going 
| back to 2005, and now it's time to look at the NVIDIA Linux driver releases 
| from this year.     



Ten Linux and Open Source milestones in 2008

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|     * In what has to be the longest development time that I know of Wine
|     finally reached its 1.0 release. Wine allows you to run windows programs
|     under Linux.
|     * The Amazon internet jungle giant has given the nod to developers and
|     released service level agreements for Linux users of its Elastic Compute
|     Cloud.
|     * The coffee lovers of us do like a good cup of Java (I have a hot one
|     right next to me now, tantalising me with its smell.) Now you can have
|     your Java free of proprietary restraints. The free and open Java
|     development kit, started by sun and continued on by Redhat has reached
|     its milestone by passing the Java test compatibility kit.
| [...]



Editors' retrospective -- Linux Devices in 2007

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|     * Mobile Internet tablets took off, fueled by Nokia's N800 and N810
|     models, as well as Intel's Mobile Internet Device (MID) project...
|     * The mobile browser wars began in earnest, with commercial vendors like
|     Opera, Access, and OpenWave taking a backseat to open source browser
|     projects...  
|     * As the "post-PC" world shifts attention from desktops and laptops to
|     new form factors such as mobile Internet tablets...


2007 Roundup: Open source comes of age

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| Two major open source projects finally came to fruition in 2007, bringing
| with them major headlines.
| The One Laptop Per Child project finally rolled its first machines off the
| production line, and the latest version of the GNU General Public Licence
| arrived after 18 months of hard draft.  
| The OLPC had a rocky year, after orders placed with Nigeria in 2006 were
| cancelled at the last minute. The country ditched the OLPC XO laptops in
| favour of Intel's Classmate PCs.  
| OLPC was started in 2005 to create a laptop that cost only $100 to
| manufacture, although the cost has almost doubled since then.
| The Linux-based machines started a trend among manufacturers and retailers.
| Asus created a competing notebook called the Eee PC, which sold for $350 in
| the US.  
| Wal-Mart offered a similar idea to US consumers by selling $200 Ubuntu Linux
| PCs which sold out in less than two weeks.

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