A Decade's Worth of Linux Goodness: Top 10 Linux Planet Stories 2009
A Decades' Worth of Linux Goodness
The top 10 most popular stories on Linux Planet covered a range of topics, and even included some very old stories that were published long before 2009.
The Number One most popular story of 2009 is Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols' How Many Linux Users Are There (Really)?. Answers range from 0.83% to ubiquitous.
Number Two is a two-part series by the excellent Eric Geier, Remote Desktop Between Ubuntu/Linux and Windows, Part I and Remote Desktop Between Ubuntu/Linux and Windows, Part II
Number Three is a story that just won't go away, as it was first published in 1999: How to Compile the Linux Kernel by James Andrews. Akkana Peck wrote a contemporary kernel-building howto a decade later that required three parts, which shows how much more complex the Linux kernel has become:
- Building Your Own Linux Kernel, part 1
- Building Your Own Linux Kernel, part 2
- Building Your Own Linux Kernel: Tricky kernel options (part 3)
Number Four is also an oldtimer, Tutorial: Adding Additional Hard Drives in Linux, by Alexander Prohorenko, published in 2002.
Number Five is yet another oldtimer, Making GNOME Look Like OS X by Jem Matzan, published in 2006.
Number Six is still one more old article, Seven Most Influential GNU/Linux Distributions by Bruce Byfield, published in 2008.
Coming up at Number Seven is my own Webcams in Linux, Part 1 , published in 2008. The good news is webcams are much better-supported now than they were then.
Number Eight actually ran this year, hurrah, Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 Shines Bright by the wonderful Paul Ferrill.
Number Nine is Before Ubuntu Was SimplyMepis: A Long-Term Review by Susan Linton. This is one of my favorite reviews of the year, because it is well-done and because I like reminders that Linux is much bigger than just Ubuntu.
Finally, last but certainly not least, Sean Michael Kerner's fine report GNOME 3: The Future of the Linux Desktop Revealed, which ran in December 2009. It racked up a lot of pageviews in a short time.
So what does this all mean? It means that maintaining online archives, and not playing silly change-the-URL games is very good thing to do. It is good for readers, authors, and publishers. So the next time some PHB wants to orphan your valuable archives, buy him a one-way ticket to a remote outpost, and don't let him come back.
Carla Schroder is the author of the Linux Cookbook and the Linux Networking Cookbook (O'Reilly Media), the upcoming "Book of Audacity" (NoStarch Press), a lifelong book lover, and the managing editor of LinuxPlanet and Linux Today.