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[News] The "Year of Linux" is Several Years Ago

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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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