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The four most trendy Linux developments

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My daughter recently attended a party where an artist twisted black, white and orange balloons into a penguin. When she happily showed me her prize, all I could think of was Linux. Now that the open source operating system has become so pervasive I see it symbolically everywhere.

True, the buzz over Linux is hardly new. Vendors of every ilk have tripped over themselves to announce Linux-related products. We have Linux CD players, firewalls, intrusion-detectors, IP phones and routing software platforms - and the list grows daily. Applications that perform every task imaginable (and some tasks you don't want to imagine) have gushed from the open source community.

But even in the deafening noise surrounding Linux, four topics stand out : the duel for the desktop, 3-D desktop tools, isolated virtual environments (also known as containerization or virtualization), and mobile Linux devices.

Ubuntu vs. Novell's SLED

Linux on the desktop has long been a trendy topic, but these days makers of distributions are as interested in duking it out with each other as they are in taking on Big Bad Bill.

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