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Win2K03 is _the_ Server OS of the year.
Once again MS released a better product and didn't break the backward compatibility. That is no small feat (and all too often dismissed by *NIX fans). As a BSD freak I still continue to impressed by the newest versions from MS. Now if they'd only make MKS Toolkit a auto-addin for the darn thing! Given the power there is no reason why mapped *NIX commands shouldn't work "out of the box".
'03 will be remembered as the year things changed for Linux. The big proprietary versions are up and coming - this will be the next wave and the results will be good and bad. Look for continuing "lock-in" by the big players (IBM and HP) as you will only be supported on certain controlled versions. As has been predicted over and over, the ROI argument is a red herring. You _will_ pay for Linux if you want to be supported, and the "disturbed" (as Eugenia terms them) had better get used to it. RH on IBM, or NOVELL/SUSE on HP, or JD on Sun I386 will be _different_ from Win32; it will NOT be cheaper. IBM will take the "MS strategy" of "extend" to new heights with Linux (and NOVELL and RH will probably benefit). Accordingly, look for "choices" for companies to be radically reduced as Linux becomes truly a "data-center OS". And SUN has been counted out much too early, as the vendor "lock in" for Linux versions will increase their chances with Solaris as the "real" cost of using supported Linux will be judged against it.
Alas, Eugenia is also correct about BSD. My favorite OS is disappointing in the speed of its evolution. Whether this is simply due to its overall maturity is a matter of debate.
Finally, my hope is that OSNews will continue to prosper in '04, though a little civility would be nice :-). And if we can all stay on topic a little more! Let's talk about BSD in BSD threads, and Linux in Linux threads. And what's with the slamming of Amiga people? Damn I'm impressed by their heart after all these years! And freakin' SKYOS - Robert, man, you rock. Keep up the good work.