It is December 19 and I have been looking back on
the year and I must say "that was some year, 2007
was". We saw the long awaited bankruptcy of SCOx.
But that was not a surprise, it was just a matter of time.
But there were surprises. Here is what I believe
are the surprises:
1. A large retailer would sell Linux computers
WOW!! It took almost a full year for the "WOW to start
now". The Green PC at Wal-mart sure turned a few heads.
To think that the masses would buy a computer running
Linux in a non techie environment like Wal-mart. Who knew??
This computer was created by Everex, and they can't keep
up with the demand for them, the first bunch of 10,000 sold out
All those years of us Linux folks trying to find a way to get Linux
into the hands of more people. All we had to do was show
Mr. Wal-mart the right profit margins.
2. Industry would shun an Windows "upgrade"
We have seen it happen with Vista. Many consumers
just said no to this upgrade. At first I wanted to call
it a revolt, but that may be too strong a word, they have
shunned Vista and perhaps for the first time ever, massive
questioning of the need for "more functionality".
3. The price of LCD monitors dropped.
Is it worth it to labour on with that 17 inch or less CRT monitor?
When I saw a 19" LCD for under $150.00 it was a no-brainer.
Yes, I am taking advantage of the increased desk space.
4. Linux running on low powered hardware
Is this a reversal of Moore's law? Not really, It is cheap ram
by the Gigabyte that is the culprit here. Linux is now used on
all sorts of appliances from PDA's to cell phones.
Linux leads the industry in its ability to run on computers that
consume less power and less cash to purchase.
Examples of low powered computers include the Wal-mart GPC,
the EEE PC from Asus -- which is just getting off the ground, (along
with a competing product from Everex called the Cloudbook) and
there will be a major retailer for the Koolu as well in 2008.
2007 was quite a year, and 2008 looks like it will be a great year
for Linux as well.