It just occurred to me how alien Windows has become to my way of working. The trigger for this realization: Windows Vista Ultimate, A Hands On Diary by Barry Gerber over at Tom's Hardware Guide.
Today, you can do everything you want with a Linux desktop, except play the latest games. Even there, Linux is catching up. So, why do only a handful of people run Linux instead of Windows? Here are my top-four reasons why Windows wins and Linux loses.
IT departments can get pretty catty. There's plenty of behind- the-scenes sarcasm about inexperienced users (such as digs about PBCAK errors - short for "problem between chair and keyboard"), but that pales in comparison to the vitriol they direct at each other in the Windows/open-source debate.
One of the difficulties is that there is so much bad blood between the groups that I often wonder if I’m writing about Israel and Palestine rather than technologies. There are lines that can be crossed that make it incredibly difficult to reach common ground because people just don’t forget some things that are said in anger.
I just finished reading Chris Dawson's article. His statement goes to the core of the problem with this debate — and the misunderstanding that surrounds the debate. Linux was invented to offer an alternative to UNIX — not Windows.
Minix is an operating system designed for "resource limited" or embedded computer systems. Versions 1 and 2 were teaching operating systems upon which the famous book, Operating Systems Design and Implementation, by Andrew S Tanenbaum and Albert S Woodhull, is based and also was the inspiration for Linux. With this latest release, version 3, Minix aims to be a complete, stable, secure desktop operating system for everyday use. Does it live up to those claims?
In this installment, Part 4, you'll learn how to use Apache Trinidad, the open source version of ADF Faces. Trinidad offers a set of complimentary components that will further enhance the interface of your JSF application.
OS X is more appealing to enterprises as a desktop operating system than ever before and although it is unlikely to take market share away from Windows, the Mac could reduce the number of Linux-based desktops, according to research group Gartner.
Microsoft has been trying to prevent the world from reading and writing their documents for years now. In fact, maybe I could even say "decades" (!). The scary part, is that this time it looks like they are just about to manage.
The discovery of ReactOS was a discovery of pure accident. On the surface, this seemingly replicated Windows-like operating system is ripe with fantastic possibilities. Seriously, when we consider the ability to run Windows applications in a Windows-like environment, we feel that the user can finally be free of Windows... sort of.
European governments have long complained about their dependence on Microsoft's software, but their rhetoric has not turned into a mass migration away from Windows.
Say you've read all the nice things about OpenSolaris and decided, well, hey, it's time to install and test this open source, free genuine Unix with all these advanced features everyone is raving about. So you dig up a test box, download OpenSolaris, and install it. Or try to... But fear not, the ace Unix geeks at the India Engineering Center of Sun Microsystems in Bangalore, India have created BeleniX.
SCO Group shares plummeted by nearly 40 per cent to $1.20 on Friday after a judge upheld an earlier ruling throwing out most of the company's legal case against IBM.
For three months, Halamka ditched his Windows laptop. He replaced it first with a MacBook running OS X. Then he spent a month using a Lenovo ThinkPad X41 running a dual-boot configuration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation and Red Hat Fedora Core. Finally, he took up a Dell D420 subnotebook running Microsoft's Windows XP. After evaluating all three to determine which worked best for him, he plans to begin testing his preferred setup with users, most of whose desktops currently run Windows.
A friend of mine who works in a computer manufacturing company told me today that Microsoft and Novell are planning to release a Micvell Linux. No actions are taken yet, both companies are at discussion stage now. According to this unchecked information Micvell Linux distributive will be kind of “compatible” with Windows Vista.
As enterprises of all stripes and sizes ponder whether or when to upgrade to Windows Vista, they could be confronted with at least three choices. 1) Stay with what they have, 2) Migrate to Vista, or 3) Migrate to Linux. Some of the thinking goes like this:
In the war between Microsoft and those that support Linux, there have been many phases. Most of this war, like most wars, has been concealed by the “fog of war” and propaganda from both camps.
In continuation of my previous article “Can Ubuntu Defeat Windows”, which caused some disputes, I decided to share my vision of the most Linux vs Windows disputes myths.
BeleniX, our favorite OpenSolaris-based LiveCD here at Phoronix, has come out with a new release. New in BeleniX 0.5.1 Firefox 2.0, Thunderbird 188.8.131.52, Koffice 1.6.0, C++ runtime libraries from the SUN Studio Suite, and the inclusion of NVIDIA's proprietary display drivers. BeleniX 0.5.1 is also up to date with OpenSolaris build 52. If you've never tried out BeleniX, it's certainly a handy LiveCD worth trying out.
Herewith, my idiosyncratic, extremely subjective list of the top ten, in chronological order. (Note that rating upgrades isn't quite the same exercise as rating operating systems, period--for one thing, it sort of rules out 1.0 versions, although I include one anyhow.) I'm pretty sure this isn't exactly the same as your list...