Friday Aug 14, 2009

links for 2009-8-14: Microsoft revealed to spread FUD; Twitter as queueing service; Palm Pre slowing

Monday Oct 06, 2008

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?

Tuesday Aug 12, 2008

Non Microsoft PCs becoming more mainstream

It is becoming easier and easier to get a personal computer from a major manufacturer running something other than Windows. Of course, there is always a Mac which has been and continues to be a very good option for many, but it is major traditional PC manufacturers offering models with Linux that may be the sign that Windows foothold on the "PC" may be weakening.

Dell announced offerings some time ago, but recently announced new laptops that will be running Ubuntu giving a nice selection of machines to choose from, desktop or laptop.

IBM has also announced "Microsoft-free desktops".

Choice is good!

Tuesday May 15, 2007

Ubuntu, Java, and Open ESB

I'm a bit late in blogging about this, but I was very pleased to see that Ubuntu's Feisty Fawn (7.04) release includes a full Java stack with it. While I haven't installed it yet to see exactly what is there, it is advertised to include GlassFish and NetBeans which I'm guessing means it includes the Java EE 5 SDK Tools Bundle which is awesome as that means the Open ESB bits are also included!

This means that an even larger number of developers now have easy access to the integration technologies being developed as part of Project Open ESB.
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