Between the paradigm-shifting iPhone and the unstoppable march of open source, the end user was the biggest winner in 2007. Apple showed us how to make a phone easy to use. Apache stayed on top of its game, continuing to offer enterprise-class sever software at a price not even Microsoft could match. The GPL went to war, Oracle snapped up BEA and Intel turned to face the problems of multi-threaded programming head on. This year’s influencers weren’t hiding in meeting rooms, licking their wounds. They were out in the field, pushing boundaries and shifting paradigms. While everyone else was following them, they were already around the bend and heading toward the finish line that is true innovation.

  • Apache Software Foundation
  • Apple
  • Eclipse Foundation
  • Free Software Foundation
  • Google
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Linux Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Sun
  • Software Freedom Law Center
  • VMware
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