Survey results: The top IT news in 2000

Who was the biggest "mover and shaker" in 2000? Would you name Bill Gates the top dog in IT? What was the hottest hardware and software? Take a look at how TechRepublic members answered these questions.

Bill Gates battled with Linus Torvalds as the most significant “mover and shaker” for 2000, according to those who took a recent survey on TechRepublic.

The chairman of Microsoft, Gates, barely nosed out Torvalds, the creator of Linux, for the honor. Perhaps that signals the growing popularity of the open-source Linux operating system or the decline in the popularity of Gates.

Either way, Gates took a significant hit in his wallet due to the drop in the value of Microsoft’s stock after a federal judge ruled against the Redmond, WA, company. The Microsoft antitrust case was the big newsmaker of the year, survey results indicate.

Bill Gates and Microsoft caught everyone’s attention in 2000.

Our survey results also confirm the popularity of Linux, with more respondents voting it the most significant advance in software for the year, handily beating Microsoft Windows 2000.

On the hardware front, CPUs breaking the gigahertz barrier topped the survey as the most significant advance.

CPUs are packing more of a punch, for whichever operating system you choose.

While survey respondents were mixed of mind on the worst security breach of the year (the Love Bug virus won out), there was no doubt in respondents’ minds that floppy disks are rapidly moving toward obsolescence.

TechRepublic members believe floppy disks will soon become obsolete.

Which contestant walked away with the coveted “mobile device of the year” award? We don’t even have to open up the envelope for this one. Our personal digital assistant will give us the answer.

Put this in your PDA: More than 50 percent of respondents think PDAs rule.

Do these results contain any surprises for you? Why? Someone who took our survey trashed both Bill Gates and the Windows operating system, telling us mainframes still rule the computing world. What do you think? Start a discussion below or send us a note.

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