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LJ Index—March 2002
  1. Year at which the over-65 population of Germany will approach 50%: 2030

  2. Multiple of over-65 growth rate by which the under-35 population of Germany will shrink if the birth rate remains constant: 2

  3. Millions of immigrants Germany will need to acquire per year to sustain its current workforce: 1

  4. Number of times Tove Torvalds has won the Finnish karate championship: 6

  5. Cost of a Windows network solution tested at the CRN test center: $4,688

  6. Cost of an equivalent Linux-based network solution at the same CRN test center: $317

  7. Percentage of cost savings of Linux vs. Windows at the CRN test center: 93

  8. Percentage of humanity that lives on less than $2 per day: 50

  9. Billions of people who live on less than $1 per day: 1

  10. Number of women who die per minute in childbirth: 1

  11. Days of paperwork processing it would take to legalize a bakery in Cairo: 500

  12. Percentage by which use of “web bug” surveillance (via 1 × 1 pixel surveillance GIFs) has grown over three years ending August 2001: 500

  13. Percentage of top 100 web destinations that use web page “spawning” (opening of unwanted windows) of some kind: 30

  14. Percentage of the top 100 European domains that employ spawning: 20

  15. Percentage of sites on the Internet that use “mouse trapping” to prevent the user from closing a page or using its back button: 5.7

  16. Average number of sexual partners among persons aged 16-55 in the US: 14.3

  17. Average frequency of sex per year among the same population in the US: 124

  18. Position of both the above in relation to all 27 countries surveyed: 1

Sources

1-3: Economist

4: Open Source Initiative

5-7: Computer Reseller News

8-11: Bill Clinton

12: CNET, sourcing Cyveillance

13-15: Cyveillance

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The Open Source movement, and Linux in particular, are massive volunteer nonprofit projects that share the spirit of community media. It's a radical alternative movement creating successful mainstream software. In fact, it's the same movement that produced the software that the internet revolution depends on. Now the movement has produced a cutting-edge technology that suits the CBAA's needs far better than the commercial competition. The technology is Linux. A Linux server is one the CBAA could be proud of.

—From the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia

Big Blue Offers Big Tux Test Drives

One of the most successful commercial Linux initiatives last year was IBM's offering of Linux eServer partitions on its zSeries mainframes, which can mount up to thousands of simultaneous Linux servers. Winnebago Industries and Korean Air are two high-profile customers that already serve a lot of Linux out of zSeries mainframes.

Now IBM is moving downscale toward smaller businesses, noting IDC's estimate that small businesses represent 48% of all Linux installations, and that small and medium-sized businesses will account for over 50% of the worldwide server market in another two years. The company claims that over 200,000 customers around the world already run their business on IBM eServer iSeries, but they want to raise that number with a new offering: the Linux for iSeries Test Drive.

You can test drive Linux on an iSeries system with a choice of Turbolinux or SuSE distributions and 170MB of user space, for up to 14 days. There are fee-based offerings available as well. Visit www.iseries.ibm.com/developer/factory/testdrive for details.

—Doc Searls

Stop the Presses: Linus Torvalds Wins World Technology Award

Linus Torvalds has won the 2001 World Technology Award for Commerce. These awards are given by the World Technology Network “to honour those individual leaders or, at times, co-equal teams from across the globe who most contribute to the advance of emerging technologies of all sorts for the benefit of business and society.” It honors

...those innovators who have done work recently which has the greatest likely future significance and impact over the long-term...and who will likely become or remain key players in the technological drama unfolding in coming years.

The group adds that the awards “are about those individuals whose work today will, in our opinion, create the greatest ripple effects in the future...in both expected and unexpected ways.”

“Linus Torvalds was selected for his work on Linux and the Open Source Software Paradigm”, the Awards site says.

Linus Torvalds wrote the kernel of Linux and established the Open Source software model, which is a revolutionary way of creating software. In doing so, he not only designed one of the most important pieces of software ever, but he also created a new paradigm for software engineering.

It continues:

Linux is one of the most important operating systems, at least as important as UNIX and MSDOS. It is crucial for mobile communication devices, for webservers, for the development of the Internet and for many other areas in computing, networking and information technology.

Linus Torvalds is not only an outstanding software engineer, but also a global community leader (of the open source software community).

The winners are announced at the end of each year, so the 2001 Awards were announced at the beginning of 2002. There were awards in twenty-three categories, with five finalists in each category. Other winners included:

  • Lawrence Lessig, Professor of Law at Stanford University and author, for Law.

  • Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet and founder of 3Com, for Communications Technology.

  • Gordon Moore, cofounder and Chairman Emeritus of Intel, for Information Technology—Hardware.

  • Shawn Fanning, author of Napster, for both Entertainment and Entrepreneurship.

The full list of award recipients is at Nature: www.nature.com/nature/wta.

—Doc Searls

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