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Welcome to the LinuxFocus January/February 2004 issue

[tux in the snow]

The end of the year is always a time to look back and maybe forward. To me it seems that this year was one of the toughest for Linux. SCO has tried to spread fear and uncertainty over a copyright issue with IBM. In the past Linux has been mostly immune to those FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) attacks but this one hit hard. Fortunately SCO cheers us up just shortly before Christmas by revealing that it has no other proof than just a couple of header files which do actually contain nothing but widely used definitions.

Linus commented it with "In other words, I think we can totally _demolish_ the SCO claim that these 65 files were somehow 'copied'. They clearly are not."

It was also very worrysome to see that Redhat finally abandoned those customers that helped the company to grow in the first place. One of my first distributions was Redhat. I bought it in a book shop around the corner and it was very helpful to get installation support via e-mail for a few problems that related to my CD-Rom drive. All that is gone now. At least when it comes to Redhat. There are no affordable priced packages any more in the shops and there is no installation support via e-mail for Fedora (http://fedora.redhat.com/). Of course there are still Mandrake and Suse but Redhat was very popular worldwide. As such it is really a good idea to involve the community in the creation of a distribution. Especially when you have seen Redhat's taste less desktop it was clear that something had to be done. The problem is that Redhat presents Fedora as a test system to shake out the bugs before the rpm-packages go into the enterprise products. Let's see what will happen to Fedora in 2004. Either something changes or a different distribution will take Redhat's leading role.

Of course 2003 brought also some very positive changes for Linux. OpenOffice 1.1 became a very good office application getting faster and stable. Mozilla, MozillaFirebird, MozillaThunderbird saw also a lot of improvements in speed, stability and functionality. We have now state of the art browsers that will soon let MSIE look a bit old and dusty. The Linux desktop applications are moving in the right direction and will continue to do so in 2004.

At LinuxFocus we lost Georges Tarbouriech, long time editor of the French section. He wrote a lot of articles and each of them had his very unique and personal side marks. Something that can not be replaced. Despite the loss of Georges LinuxFocus is alive and running with contributions from many new authors and we are looking forward to 2004 with interesting articles and new languages.

Happy new year!

-- Guido Socher

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