FOSS: The major players in Linux and free- and open-source software

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As free and open source software receives greater attention and recognition, several companies and packages are emerging as clear leaders and important influencers as well as visionaries that are sure to make a mark in the very near future. Here are my picks for who’s making a mark today and tomorrow on the FOSS world.

Google

The ubiquitous Google is continuing its seemingly relentless path of being involved in, well, simply everything! Part of this is the extremely generous and well-received annual “Summer of code” project. The 2007 event brought together 900 students and almost 1,500 mentors across 90 countries, contributing to a very impressive 130 different open source projects.

OpenMoko
October 2007 will go down in history; this is the month that OpenMoko will be releasing the Neo 1973 mobile phone. It’s not just any phone and the apparent lack of mass hype (compared to the Apple iPhone at least) betrays the significance of this product.

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