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Submission + - Top Ten F/OSS events of 2007? 1

walterbyrd writes: "Top Ten F/OSS events of 2007? These are the events that would get my vote. I will admit to an anti-Microsoft bias.

1) Sun made available most of their Java technologies as free software under the GNU General Public License.

2) OLPC starts shipping. Sales under G1G1 program exceed 150,000 units (number does not include sales to governments).

3) Dell ships Ubuntu loaded PCs.

4) Other computer manufacturers follow Dell's lead in preinstalling Linux on inexpensive laptops; Wal-Mart sells out of the 10,000 units of the model they carry in less than two weeks.

5) Samba/Microsoft agreement defangs Microsoft's patent FUD.

6) MS-Vista bombs. After years of delays, MS-Vista finally debuts. Even those kind to Microsoft admit that Vista is bloated and buggy. Adoption is slow.The public demanded XP be installed by default. This is the first time there was such a major backlash against a major Microsoft release. Maybe Microsoft is losing it's stranglehold on the industry?

7) Even after shameless bribing and ballot stuffing, Microsoft loses the first round in the OOXML approval process.

8) GPLv3 approved. This should have put an end to the secretive, and controversial, Microsoft/Novell deal. But it didn't, the Microsoft/Novell deal was "grandfathered" in.

9) Patent troll Acacia sues Redhat, just two days after two top Microsoft executives leave to join Acacia.

10) After more than four years, Federal Judge Dale Kimball finally rules that The SCO Group does not own UNIX. IMO: the plain language of TSG's contract with Novell made it perfectly obvious that TSG did not own UNIX, and Kimball could have ruled on this years earlier. Considering that The SCO Group never had any evidence what-so-ever, no standing, and no prima-facia case, the length of time required for this ruling is, in my opinion, inexcusable. This ruling has not stopped The SCO Group from claiming they own UNIX — maybe in another four years. Still, this is some progress."

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb