2003 defined: Readers' top 10 Linux terms

Jan Stafford

"A-well-a don't you know about the bird? Well, everybody knows that the bird is the word! A-well-a bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word!"

Forget about Nostradamas! Way back in 1963, The Trashmen prophesied the rise of Tux,

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the Linux penguin, in their hit surfing song, Surfin' Bird. OK, maybe that's a bit farfetched. But the bird was the word in 2003, as Linux came into its own in the enterprise, and over 200,000 IT pros surfed through our glossary. These are the birds, er, words they requested. The most-viewed is listed first, and the rest reside in descending order. Tenth place is no disgrace, as that term was read by over 15,000 people.

2003's Top 10 tech words

1. Unix

2. Linux

3. PHP

4. kernel

5. Perl

6. open source

7. GNU

8. shell

9. freeware

10. embedded system

What's missing from this list?

Now, it's your turn. What should have been the top terms of 2003? Also, if you can't find all of the terms you need in our glossary, please tell us, and we'll put our well-defined writers to work. Finally, gaze into your crystal ball to see the most important Linux tech terms of 2004, and then reveal the results! Send your suggestions to

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