The year 2000 may very well be remembered as the year
when Open Source stocks took a dive, while major
technology vendors embraced Open Source products such
as Linux. A handful of year-end stories focusing on
anything Open Source mention the dismal stock
performances of the leading companies in the sector,
including Red Hat and VA Linux. (Our often-used
disclosure: VA Linux owns this very Web site.)
Fool article counted the two big Linux companies
among 2000's top 10 stock losers, while SearchEnterpiseLinux
focused on "marriages" between major vendors such
as IBM and Hewlett-Packard and Linux.
story proclaimed 2000 as a "very good year," with
Sun Microsystems Open-Sourcing Star Office and
Japanese retailer Lawson purchasing 15,000 IBM
machines with Linux installed.
Today took a comprehensive look at the year for
Open Source, with a two-part month-by-month chronicle
of Open Source news. It's quite exhaustive.
More of a Christmas feature than a year-end one, but a
roundup nonetheless, Canada
Computes looked at Open Source games available
If you're more of a hardware geek than a game-player,
out ZDNet UK's chip review. It was a big year in
the Chip Wars.
And then there's the
tech year iin review, haiku style, from CNet.
Those crazy kids over at News.com.
New in NewsForge this week
News editor Tina Gasperson talks
with Adam Beberg, CTO of Mithral Communication &
Design, who in a recent paper, wrote that Open
Source is not a business model.
Hardware reviewer Jeff Field takes
apart the Cue:Cat scanner and looks at the Open
Source software available for it to do funky new
Columnist Julie Bresnick profiles
Gerard Beekmans who Linux From Scratch, a guide to
building a Linux operating system.
The best of NewsForge
Since NewsForge launched in mid-August, we've had a
steady increase in readers. It's been an exciting and
challenging year, and we look forward to bringing an
even better, more comprehensive Open Source news site
in 2001. For those of you who are recent converts to
our cause, here are some of the stories we've done
Open Source advocate Bruce Perens, just after he
was hired by Hewlett-Packard. Perens said the union
would be good for all in the Open Source community.
the usability of Windows Whistler with Gnome, KDE, and
Mandrake Update, and found each could learn something
from the others.
Meanwhile, Gasperson argued
that Whistler might convince Windows holdouts to
finally switch to Open Source.
The director of the U.S. Patent Office told
a tech audience that his hands were tied by
Congress amid calls to tighten the kinds of
patents the office granted for software and Internet
Two Internet veterans called
for a type of "antipatent" to counter the problem
of too many goofy patents being issued.
Business columnist Jack Bryar countered
bad stock prices by arguing that companies can make
money in Open Source. One growing sector: telecom.
Happy New Year, everyone.
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