Linux Magazine’s Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008

Who knows what the future will hold? Well, heaven knows we don't or we'd have already won the lottery a few times and retired to a private island somewhere. However, we can look at the past to make a few reasonable predictions-- such as the companies in the free and open source software community that are going to have a major impact on the market in 2008.

Google

As if Google wasn’t a large enough presence in the FOSS world with its ginormous online presence and sponsorship of the Google Summer of Code, the company cemented its place on our Top 20 with the announcement of Android and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA).

We’ve long thought that mobile devices are going to play a huge role in the future of personal computing– and that Linux and FOSS would play a huge role in the future of mobile devices. While we’re still disappointed that we didn’t get the gPhone announcement we were hoping for, the OHA could be a major influence in the mobile market.

Finally, Google serves as one of the most visible poster children for Linux and open source, so we couldn’t ignore its influence in this area. Its Summer of Code program, though not officially announced for 2008, is a major influence on open source projects.

While Google is not the only company sponsoring open source development, few companies have the far-reaching effects that Google does by throwing money at so many different projects.

Comments on "Linux Magazine’s Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008"

dsailesh

Surprised to see that there is no Novell (distributor of SuSe flavor) in the list. Any specific reason? or just for not funding FOSS?

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dfsixstring

if funding is the only reason why would MS be in the top 20?

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mbiggs

An interesting, important list. Thanks Linux.

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hacklinuxdude

@dsailesh

The FOSS community is pissed since Novell signed a patent agreement with Microsoft and novell pays Microsoft for every Linux box sold. Its the FOSS developers who hardwork Novell sold out.

Richard stallman, Bruce Perens, Samba team, FSF has called a Novell a sellout.

Many hardcore FOSS developers have boycotted Novell version of Linux.

Check out : http://boycottnovell.com

Novell the next SCO :

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/07/perens_on_ms_novell/

You can find more ugly details of the deal here :

http://techp.org/petition/show/1

Microsoft in infiltrating the FOSS and disrupting them by signing license deals using patent threats. It is joining the FOSS camps by using money and spreading FUD. It has even inflitrated the OSI using money and pressure tactics. It wants to put a license cost on Linux. You will soon have to pay to microsoft to use Linux. It main aim is to shutdown Linux using patents and lawyers.

Please sign this petition to bring the old debain leader (Bruce Perens) back in the OSI to stop microsoft from doing so :

http://techp.org/p/7

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hacklinuxdude

Check the recent news about partner ship of Novell with Microsoft. Microsoft is putting a lot of proprietary patented software into Linux through Novell. Most of the good guys at Novell have left the company. Microsoft is doing this so that they can sue and threaten other companies like redhat, ubuntu, ibm who support Linux/FOSS once enough code is injected. They want to put a price-tag on Linux.

Novell is just another microsoft sponsored company.

Commercialize Linux.

Google for “evangelism is war” and “halloween documents”

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20071023002351958

Lot of things are happening under the surface that dont appear in any press. But be very careful with Microsoft/Novell. They are out to destroy Linux at all cost under the hood.

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hacklinuxdude

See more details about the Tax Microsoft wants to put on Linux rendering GPL non-free.

http://www.digitalmajority.org/forum/t-49513/brad-smith-continues-its-fud-spreading-wants-to-tax-redhat

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candive

I have just discovered how much I enjoy Linux, (pronounced Freedom)
Now a Greedy Dictator (Microsoft) is trying to take away my freedom of choice?
It seems the more money you have the more corrupt you are.

I cannot believe how Greedy some people are.
Come on Microsoft take me to court I just slammed you, lets make it public knowledge.

Parasite.
You dont invent anything you steal it, add very little and slap your name on it.

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candive

Microsoft must NOT be allowed to Monopolize every computer on earth.

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