The Linux market is exploding with all kinds of great new (and old) products. We decided it was time to round up our editors and pick our favorites. Here are the results.
Linux continues to move (waddle?) forward at an incredibly rapid pace and we, The Editors of Linux Magazine are proud to be counted as a part of the revolution. This year, we decided that the time had come for us to compile a list of the most important categories in the Linux arena, and choose the best and most popular products from each to highlight.
You may notice that we decided not to include any hardware products in our year 2000 awards. This is not to say that there aren’t many very deserving Linux hardware products, only that we didn’t have the space this year to include every possible category we wanted. And besides, we needed to leave something to tackle for next year. :-)
And so, without further ado, we are proud to present you with the year 2000 Tuxie Awards!
Red Hat Linux 6.2
Red Hat Inc.
For some, Red Hat is Linux. Founded in 1994, and originally based on the Slackware distribution, the company that Young built has been a runaway success. While Red Hat was not the first Linux distribution, it has been far and away the most successful in terms of market and mind share.
Despite Red Hat’s corporate bent, the company has remained true to the Open Source model. They continue to distribute their innovations under the GPL and employ a number of high-profile Linux developers, including Alan Cox, to work exclusively on Open Source projects. Red Hat has several features that make it a Sys Admin’s favorite, including Heartbeat high availability software and enhanced RAID support. Red Hat is also the driving force behind RPMs, the most popular packaging format for Linux. Red Hat’s distribution runs on Intel, Alpha and SPARC architectures.
For the hard-core free software fanatic, there’s simply no better distro than Debian. Debian has won many accolades for its security and stability, and its packaging format and apt-get program have made it very popular among system administrators.
The Debian Project now boasts more than 500 developers around the world, (most of whom have never met) and is guided by the “Debian Social Contract” and “Debian Free Software Guidelines.” Debian runs on the Intel and Motorola 68000 processors, with SPARC, UltraSPARC, MIPS and PowerPC ports in development.
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