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A look at Linux in the recession: Linux 2009 year in review

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The big story of 2009 was the economy. After the collapse of major financial institutions in the fall of 2008, people began looking for a silver lining in open source and Linux.

It still wasn't the year of the Linux desktop, but 2009 showed Linux increasing its presence in the everyday electronics marketplace. Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin coined it "Year of the Linux everything else." From ATMs to netbooks and mobile phones, the strength of Linux has been recognized by device manufacturers and developers and is on the rise. Cloud computing was a hot topic in 2009 and Linux plays a strong role making the cloud function.

Here are some highlights from the Linux world in 2009.

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