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.

Honorable Mention: Software Freedom Law Center

Technically, the Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) isn’t a company, so it doesn’t quite qualify for the list. However, if there’s one entity that’s going to be crucial for open source adoption in 2008, it’s the SFLC.

The SFLC, and its Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), are dedicated to supporting FOSS projects need legal, financial, and administrative assistance– all the stuff that developers aren’t particularly good at.

In 2007 the SLFC filed infringement lawsuits on behalf of the BusyBox developers, helped guide the GPLv3 process to completion, and helped review Linux wireless code to clarify a sticky licensing situation. Look for the organization to have even more influence in 2008.

The SFC also provides crucial services for projects, including BusyBox, Inkscape, Mercurial, Samba, and Wine. We expect the conservancy to continue to expand and serve even more projects in 2008.

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