The missing five-minute Linux manual for morons

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux desktop last updated April 15, 2008

From the article:

Stob It is time to wake up and smell the elephant in the room. Vista is struggling to achieve escape velocity. Microsoft finds itself the butt an international joke, but does not seem able to get a grip. The issue of choice of platform is once more up for grabs.
Of course there is an alternative; a popular computing platform whose design attracts universal admiration. But although we all look forward to literally punching in the numbers, the Wii does not yet quite hack it (use of a dread phrase coming up) ‘in the enterprise’.
So, for the time being, I’m afraid we are all back on re-evaluation-of-Linux duty. Never mind. I’ve already done the spadework. Let me lead you through a few simple steps to a full-on Open Source experience.

=> The missing five-minute Linux manual for morons

Linux Market Will Rise From $21 Billion To $49 Billion in 2011

Posted on in Categories Business, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux phone, Linux portables, Linux Scalability, News, Windows server last updated April 11, 2008

I’m not surprised at all. Linux runs on tiny phone to large server systems. According to IDC researchers (prediction) – spending on the Linux ecosystem will rise from $21 billion in 2007 to more than $49 billion in 2011, driven by rising enterprise deployments of Linux server operating systems.

Linux server deployments are expanding from infrastructure-oriented applications to more commercially oriented database and enterprise resource-planning workloads “that historically have been the domain of Microsoft Windows and Unix,” noted IDC analysts in a white paper commissioned by the nonprofit Linux Foundation.

“The early adoption of Linux was dominated by infrastructure-oriented workloads, often taking over those workloads from an aging Unix server or Windows NT 4.0 server that was being replaced,” according to the report’s authors, Al Gillen, Elaina Stergiades and Brett Waldman. These days, however, Linux is increasingly being “viewed as a solution for wider and more critical business deployments.”

=> Linux Ecosystem Spending To Exceed $49 Billion

Gartner Report: MS-Windows Is Collapsing

Posted on in Categories Linux, Windows, windows vista last updated April 11, 2008

Wow, the researchers warn that Windows is collapsing and Linux / OS X replacing Windows:

Calling the situation “untenable” and describing Windows as “collapsing,” a pair of Gartner analysts this week said Microsoft must make radical changes to the operating system or risk becoming a has-been.

In a presentation at a Gartner-sponsored conference in Las Vegas, analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald said Microsoft has not responded to the market, is overburdened by nearly two decades of legacy code and decisions and faces serious competition on a whole host of fronts that will make Windows moot unless the Redmond, Washington developer acts.

This article explains why Windows is broken:

Two Gartner analysts said the words that enterprises dread, and that will move alternate operating system proponents to tears of joy: “Windows as we know it needs to be replaced.” Microsoft’s operating system (OS) development times are too long and they deliver limited innovation; their OSs provide an inconsistent experience between platforms, with significant compatibility issues; and other vendors are out-innovating Microsoft . That gives enterprises unpredictable releases with limited value, management costs that are too high, and new releases that break too many apps and take too long to test and adopt. With end users bringing their own software solutions into the office…well, it’s just a heck of a sad story for Microsoft.

OLPC Dual Boot Windows and Linux PC Coming Soon

Posted on in Categories News, RedHat/Fedora Linux, Windows last updated January 9, 2008

This is not good news as it may increase the project cost. The One Laptop Per Child Project (OLPC) and Microsoft are working together to develop a dual-boot system to put both Linux and Windows on laptops aimed at kids in developing countries, the head of OLPC said in an interview Tuesday. The OLPC laptop currently runs a Fedora-based Linux OS, and Microsoft has offered a version of Windows XP for the laptop project. There had been speculation that OLPC would simply offer two separate laptop PCs, but a dual-boot system could remove the need to offer two separate laptops.

Eat Your Own Dog Food: Microsoft to Push Silverlight Technology

Posted on in Categories News last updated January 3, 2008

Many commercial companies emphasizes the use of its own products inside the company to convey the confidence in its own product.

Now Microsoft decided to eats its own dog food. Microsoft is preparing a fully Silverlight-powered redesign of their website. This will push Silverlight usage to more users. Silverlight is a runtime for browser-based Rich Internet Applications, providing a subset of the animation, vector graphics, and video playback capabilities of Windows Presentation Foundation. The runtime is available for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X, with Linux support under development via the third-party Moonlight runtime.

=> More information: Microsoft to Push Silverlight via Redesigned Homepage

RIP: Netscape Navigator Web browser

Posted on in Categories News last updated January 1, 2008
Netscape Navigator Logo - End of Support for Netscape web browsers

I haven’t used Netscape web browser for years it’s sad to see the early internet browser disappear.

Netscape Navigator, the world’s first commercial Web browser and the launch pad of the Internet boom, will be pulled off life support Feb. 1 after a 13-year run. Microsoft and its Internet Explorer played a big roll in early browser war. Also lack of significant innovation paid the ultimate price. AOL officially stopped development of Netscape Navigator on 28 December 2007 and plans to continue support for the browser in the form of security updates until 2 February 2008. Afterwards, AOL will cancel support, but will allow nostalgic users to download archived versions of the browser. Also, AOL will continue to maintain the Netscape website as an ad supported Internet portal.

Netscape spawned an open-source project called Mozilla, in which developers from around the world freely contribute to writing and testing the software. Mozilla released its standalone browser, Firefox, and Netscape was never able to regain its former footing.

Mandriva Writes Open Letter To Steve Ballmer

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux distribution, Windows last updated November 1, 2007

No I’m not shocked, but this clearly demonstrates how far Microsoft can go. Nigerian government, after ordering thousands of PCs with Mandriva Linux installed, has suddenly decided that they will instead install Windows:

… entered the game and the deal got more competitive. I would not say it got dirty, but someone could have said that. They fought and fought the deal, but still the customer was happy to get CMPC and Mandriva.

So we closed the deal, we got the order, we qualified the software, we got the machine shipped. In other word, we did our job. I understand the machine are being delivered right now.

And then, today, we hear from the customer a totally different story: “we shall pay for the Mandriva Software as agreed, but we shall replace it by Windows afterward.”

Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their mind like this? It’s pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone. How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my place, they give it various names, I’m sure you know them.

Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?…

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