HP buys Compaq
HP buys Compaq. Well, now that's interesting. IBM and HP/Compaq (hPaq?) are big proponents of Linux. HP's home page even has Tux right there-- front and center (Well, it was there yesterday. And now that I think about it, it was on the left side of the page, not centered. Here's the article that put him there.).
Between hPaq (it's growing on me!) and IBM, Linux has some powerful hardware allies. Overall, I'd agree-- it has been a good month for Linux. But the main point here is that these two vendors are not going to give Microsoft a free hand. Each of them have their own Un*x flavored OSes: Compaq has Tru64, HP has (or had?) HP/UX and IBM has AIX. The consumer should feel a little more comfortable about that. I know I do.
By the by-- have you ever noticed Tux's creepy stare?