2006: The year that changed Linux

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I've been saying for years that Linux was well along on its way from being the tech fanboy operating system of choice, to becoming one of big business' favorite operating systems. Well, I was right all along, but in 2006, that progress smacked many Linux fans in the face.

This is my list of the five most significant changes in Linux this year. They are not changes, however, that many who have embraced Linux in the past will appreciate. Like it or lump it, these are the changes that I also think clearly predict Linux's future in the mainstream.

  • First, Oracle became the first top company to not merely use Linux or encourage its sales, but to actually produce its own Oracle Unbreakable Linux distribution. Mind you, Larry Ellison and his band did so by pasting an Unbreakable Linux stamp on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Oracle also dances around whether they're actually producing their own Unbreakable distribution, or merely supporting one.

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