Last year we had looked at The Greatest Linux Innovations Of 2007, and as this year ends, we have compiled a similar list of what we believe were some of the greatest Linux innovations or achievements of 2008. Among the innovations named this year were KDE 4, NetworkManager 0.7, new hardware companies standing behind open-source support, and the Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix.
"NetworkManager 0.7 brings to desktop users PPP integration so that SM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HDSPA/HSUPA/EVDO cellular cards now work "out of the box" on Linux, support for having multiple simultaneous network devices, enhanced wireless security support, system-wide configuration support with boot-time connection capabilities, Internet connection sharing support, and full static IP support."
So, that would be...all features that drakconnect / net-applet (Mandriva's tools) had in 2005? How is that innovation, then?
Because I was *this* close to just giving up waiting for Linux to get any kind of HW acceleration and install a Windows HTPC. And because it gives us a little more we can harass AMD about getting open source support for. Right now I'm looking very closely at nVidia for an early 2009 HTPC, and if all goes well with the AMD open source drivers then presumably a R8xx based AMD card in late 2009 as I'm not in the market for a new card right now. That said, I'm always open for more surprises...
I've got no problems with setting static IP address on my ethernet card with Fedora 10 using NM 0.7 . Maybe you have to blame Ubuntu as the first sentence of that HOW TO says "There seems to be a known bug with the Gnome Network Manager included with the Ubuntu 8.10"
BTW. The greatest achievement for me is support for open-source drivers, especially from AMD/ATI.