For eight years now, the editors at LWN.net have put together a timeline
highlighting the most important events of the last twelve months. As
always, it has been a busy year. Attacks against free software continued
in legislatures and the courts - but few have been successful.
Corporations began donating patents to the community, some with more
enthusiasm than others. The kernel developers improved their process - and
dealt with the abrupt loss of their source code management system. SUSE
development became more open. SonyBMG gave us all a lesson on the
importance of control over our own computers. And so on.
Most importantly, in 2005 the free software community kept on hacking. The
variety and quality of the resulting software is simply amazing. The free
software community is healthy and growing, despite the legal problems,
corporate layoffs, hardware hassles, and occasional petty internal
bickering. We are going strong.
This is version 1.0 of the 2005 timeline.
If you find any errors or remaining major omissions, please send them
to us at firstname.lastname@example.org; please do
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As usual, the timeline is split up by month. One of these years, we really
will restore the "one big page" option, honest.
For the historically minded, the timelines for the previous seven years
Thanks to the following people who have helped improve the 2005 Timeline:
Ross Combs, Bernhard Reiter, Karl Schendel, and David A. Wheeler.
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