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    Phoronix: Great Linux Innovations Of 2008

    Last year we had looked at The Greatest Linux Innovations Of 2007, and as this year ends, we have compiled a similar list of what we believe were some of the greatest Linux innovations or achievements of 2008. Among the innovations named this year were KDE 4, NetworkManager 0.7, new hardware companies standing behind open-source support, and the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=13330

  • #2
    NetworkManager 0.7 oooh!

    Haha, NetworkManager 0.7.. yeah, it's so good that you can't actually set static IP addresses on ethernet cards!

    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-set...epid-ibex.html

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    • #3
      MPX I'd say.

      Someone pointed out that Apple should cash in on this by making a special device for this (I don't remember where now), but I don't have doubts that they'll miss out on this.

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      • #4
        I guess openoffice and firefox are cross platform (but so is the gimp), so maybe that's why they're not mentioned
        but both have been greatly improved (this year especially)
        Last edited by SyXbiT; 12-30-2008, 12:50 PM.

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        • #5
          KDE4 for me. But not as something that is finished, but as something that is on fire now.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Vadi View Post
            MPX I'd say.

            Someone pointed out that Apple should cash in on this by making a special device for this (I don't remember where now), but I don't have doubts that they'll miss out on this.
            But it's not really in a released version at this point and while it's in master won't even be in X Server 1.6.
            Michael Larabel
            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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            • #7
              KDE 4 for me. No, I don't use it, but want to

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              • #8
                NetworkManager - innovation?

                "NetworkManager 0.7 brings to desktop users PPP integration so that SM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HDSPA/HSUPA/EVDO cellular cards now work "out of the box" on Linux, support for having multiple simultaneous network devices, enhanced wireless security support, system-wide configuration support with boot-time connection capabilities, Internet connection sharing support, and full static IP support."

                So, that would be...all features that drakconnect / net-applet (Mandriva's tools) had in 2005? How is that innovation, then?

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                • #9
                  VDPAU for me

                  Because I was *this* close to just giving up waiting for Linux to get any kind of HW acceleration and install a Windows HTPC. And because it gives us a little more we can harass AMD about getting open source support for. Right now I'm looking very closely at nVidia for an early 2009 HTPC, and if all goes well with the AMD open source drivers then presumably a R8xx based AMD card in late 2009 as I'm not in the market for a new card right now. That said, I'm always open for more surprises...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jackflap View Post
                    Haha, NetworkManager 0.7.. yeah, it's so good that you can't actually set static IP addresses on ethernet cards!

                    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-set...epid-ibex.html
                    I've got no problems with setting static IP address on my ethernet card with Fedora 10 using NM 0.7 . Maybe you have to blame Ubuntu as the first sentence of that HOW TO says "There seems to be a known bug with the Gnome Network Manager included with the Ubuntu 8.10"

                    BTW. The greatest achievement for me is support for open-source drivers, especially from AMD/ATI.

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                    • #11
                      The greatest things for me can be considered bugfixes, but we have to wait a lot for these.

                      - fglrx support for YUY2 Xv color format. Now I can watch TV on my computer.

                      - 64bit java and flash plugin.

                      My wishes for the next year:

                      - Usable open source ati driver:
                      * Xv with YV12 (DVD, Xvid, etc) and YUY2 (TV card) color format
                      * 2D acceleration
                      * OpenGL support which is enough for Compiz

                      - Please Intel, AMD, Nvidia get together and decide the next generation Video Acceleration API. Now we have 4 versions: VDPAU, XvBA, XvMC extensions, VA API. This is ridiculous.

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                      • #12
                        KDE4

                        KDE4 is by far the biggest linux development of 2008. The development version of 4.2 is already superior to OSX or Vista, and it will only get better. It even spawned Compiz++ which should also improve the desktop experience.

                        I wonder why Android doesn't run with Qt by default.

                        I have heard rumors of a GNOME 3 and I wish them the best of luck, but I'm definitely sticking with KDE for the foreseeable future. I just hope this means Canonical will give Kubuntu more love.

                        For 2009 I want: PackageKit, Gallium3D, KMS, OpenGL 4, Btrfs, and better Coreboot support.

                        A year from now I expect to be running a 10 inch multicore netbook with OLED, SSD, and all of the above features preloaded

                        Let's get to it!

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                        • #13
                          Really Linux Innovations?

                          One question to ask is, why KDE, Gimp, Wine and Virtualbox are called "Linux innovations". Those are crossplatform and widely used on other operating systems. Their obviously Linux roots are no longer a factor. KDE team, for one, stated few times that what they dislike is to be closely tied to one operating system.
                          Other question is why opensourced hardware drivers are called innovation? I understand that those were big steps and achievments, but please, innovations?
                          So I'd rename the list to Great Open/Free Source Achievments of 2008.
                          Last edited by trochej; 02-24-2009, 06:34 AM.

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