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The King Is Dead - Long Live The King!
The best - and worst - of 1998

They say that all good things come to an end...

1998 was certainly no exception.

So, since this happens to be the last week of a year in which we experienced some bad times, some good ones and not a few bizarre ones, we thought we'd break away from our usual format, and give you a quick run-down on the year that was.

Here then, are the events and news stories that shaped 1998...in no particular order:

Perhaps the most startling development of the past twelve months has been the tremendous surge in popularity of the operating system known as Linux, named after it's creator Linus Torvalds. Touted by Wired! Magazine as the best hack of the decade, this well-rounded, full-featured and free operating system has fired the imagination of millions across the world with it's hacker mystique, it's peculiar licensing scheme, it's stability, scalability and blistering performance on the most modest of computer systems.

There are quite a few people out there - and their number is growing by the day - who believe that only Linux has the wherewithal to challenge the ubiquitous Windows platform. A year ago, these doomsayers would have been laughed out of court by the geeks at Micro$oft - this year, no one dares to even giggle. After all, Linux was the *only* operating system to gain market share in 1998 - pretty impressive for a "hack", don't you think?!

You can read the Wired! Article at http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/5.08/linux_pr.html

And here are a few more articles on just why Linux is so cool - read them at your leisure :-)

An Interview With Linus Torvalds: http://www.linuxworld.com/linuxworld/lw-1998-10/lw-10-torvalds.html

Linux Vs. Windows - Who Will Win ?: http://abcnews.go.com/sections/tech/DailyNews/linux981014.html

Why People Don't Hate Linux: http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9809/22/linuxlove.idg/

How Linux Got So Hot: http://cnn.com/TECH/computing/9808/22/danglinux.idg/index.html

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