2010's 5 Biggest Linux and open-source stories

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The story behind the story is that Linux has become totally mainstream. No, you may not have a Linux desktop in front of you the way I do, but you if you spend most of your day visiting Google, Facebook, and Twitter, you're using Linux. That Android phone in your pocket? Linux. Your DVR? Probably Linux. Do you use a NAS (network attached storage) device for extra storage? Almost certainly Linux. Trade stocks? Yes, Linux again. You get the idea. Linux may be invisible, but it's also everywhere.

Still don't believe me? Look at the numbers and my first story of the year:

1. Red Hat, the billion dollar open-source company

I predicted a few months ago that Red Hat would be the first billion dollar open-source company. I was wrong with the timing though. I thought it might take more than a year. It looks like Red Hat will become the first billion-dollar Linux company in 2011.

The new RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 6 is already getting customers and the company continues to push the boundaries of Linux with its new Fedora community Linux. Red Hat is living proof that open-source companies can as successful and profitable as any proprietary software firm.

2. The decline of Sun open-source software under Oracle

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