Today, the Project Utopia mindset continues to foster new applications, interesting hacks and fresh projects aimed at making hardware just work. Linux distributions from Novell, Red Hat and others sport powerful HAL-based infrastructures. The GNOME Project is integrating HAL and D-BUS across the board. The Project Utopia cause is spreading beyond GNOME too, as other platforms implement HAL-based solutions in a similar vein.
Linux development has never stood still, however. Like a rabid cheetah, development sprints forward toward better, faster, simpler solutions. Support for new hardware continues to roll in, and solutions in the spirit of Project Utopia are continually implemented to provide a seamless user experience.
Cute hacks such as having your music player mute when your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone receives a call are not a dream but the reality in which we live. What cute hacks will tomorrow bring? What new hardware will we support next? What application will be halified next? Join in and answer those questions yourself!
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Robert Love is a kernel hacker in Novell's Ximian Desktop group and the author of Linux Kernel Development (SAMS 2005), now in its second edition. He holds degrees in CS and Mathematics from the University of Florida. Robert lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.