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[News] Highlights from Linux in 2008 in December Newsletter

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Memorable Linux moments of 2008

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| Ah 2008, I hardly knew ye. Actually I knew ye quite well because there were 
| certainly some personal Linux milestone moments. Profound? Hardly. Important? 
| Personally, sure. Will they matter to you? Maybe not, but they might, just 
| might, make you ponder your own 2008 Linux moments, compare them, and make 
| you realize how important Linux has become to you.    


Linux Foundation December Newsletter

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| In this month’s Linux Foundation newsletter:
| * IPv6 Workgroup Certifies Major Distros Compliant with DoD Mandates
| * Technical Advisory Board Elects New Members
| * Linux Foundation, Open Invention Network Co-Sponsor ‘Linux Defenders’ 
|   Program 
| * Linux Foundation in the News
| * 2009 Linux Foundation Calendar of Events
| * Linux Foundation Sponsors FreedomHEC
| * Linux Foundation Holds Japan Symposium



Week 51: Desktop? What Desktop?

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| It's getting to be near the end of the year, and--inevitably--there is a new
| round of year-in-review and year-ahead articles filling up the technical
| media cycles. There's just something about January 1 that compels journalists
| and bloggers to wrap up the last 366 days into a nice, neat package and
| predict how things are going to go during the next 365 days.
| It's not just me noticing; apparently, without any conversation between us,
| Amanda McPherson has written about the same thing. Great minds, it seems...
| The big predictor we always hear is: will 20XX be the year of the Linux
| desktop? And then you get a litany of reasons why Linux will or will not take
| its place as rightful ruler of the operating system universe, because clearly
| that's what the desktop is.
| But see, here's the thing: whether Linux succeeds on the desktop is simply
| the wrong question to ask. The better question is where Linux has succeeded
| now and it will succeed in the future? For instance: Apache on Linux
| continually dominates the web server surveys on Netcraft. Yet we never hear
| 20-whatever is the Year of the Linux Web Server, even though you could make a
| case that the the 21st Century to date is the Century of the Linux Web
| Server. Why is that?


Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."


Linux shows staying power on Top500

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| The latest list indicates growing Linux dominance. Linux is used in the top
| nine supercomputer systems in the world. When considered as the primary OS or
| part of a mixed-OS supersystem, Linux is now present in 469 of the
| supercomputer sites, 93.8% of the Top500 list.

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