links for 2008-10-6

  • Microsoft extends XP downgrade rights date by six months - Vendors can continue to "downgrade" new machines to XP until July 31, 2009. Of course, they still count it as a Vista license.
  • The top five reasons why Windows Vista failed - Interesting and I think on target observations and probably why the XP downgrade date has been extended. A few quotes:
    • "The public reputation of Windows Vista is in shambles, as Microsoft itself tacitly acknowledged in its Mojave ad campaign"
    • "Forrester Research reported that just 8.8% of enterprise PCs worldwide were running Vista. Meanwhile, Microsoft appears to have put Windows 7 on an accelerated schedule that could see it released in 2010."
    • "With Windows Vista, software bloat appears to have finally caught up with Microsoft."
    • "... a lot of existing software and hardware were not compatible with Vista when it was released in January 2007."
  • gOS 3.0 goes gold - Looking for an alternative to Windows? gOS is a nice distro that layers on some additional ease of use on top of Ubuntu including a host of Google apps and gadgets and it includes Wine for running the odd Windows app one might need to. I gave it a shot in VirtualBox over the weekend and liked what I saw. I'd love to see this applied to OpenSolaris.
  • First look at the T-Mobile G1 - Or if you want to just go mobile, you'll soon have an alternative to the iPhone. Specs sound impressive (based on Google Android platform) and may get me to switch from my Curve to it rather than an iPhone, but I've have to switch to T-Mobile. Any experience with comparing AT&T to T-Mobile?
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