Tuesday Jul 14, 2009

links for 2009-7-14: Windows Share Drops; App Store; Office Web Apps; IE Still Toxic

Monday Apr 13, 2009

links for 2009-4-13: NHIN and GlassFish/OpenESB/Sun, Apple Tax?, Windows on decline?

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?

Monday Aug 20, 2007

Windows Die Hard Switching to Linux?

I recently blogged about Windows Vista woes and while I knew I wasn't alone, I was a bit surprised Jim Louderback from PC Magazine showing such unhappiness as he did in his recent editorial.

In his editorial after ranting a bit about various issues, he ends by saying, "If Microsoft can't get Vista working, I might just do the unthinkable: I might move to Linux."

I came across this article in Steven J. Vaughan Nichols recent blog about Second-rate Vista has Windows fans looking to Linux. He naturally has a Linux angle, but appears to actually use Vista as well and be speaking from experience.

Are these two isolated cases or is there really a move to not adopt Vista?

Friday Aug 10, 2007

Windows Vista Woes

My Father recently purchased a new desktop computer and as one can imagine it came with Windows Vista installed. Well, after a few weeks of trying to get used to it he is voting thumbs down and wishes he had XP again. For him, he simply finds it harder to use due to unfamiliarity and the changes made and has found no real value add over XP.

I thus found it interesting that eWeek has a story titled Vista Aiding Linux Desktop, the gist being that Vista and its issues has created an opportunity for Linux on the desktop.

A few quotes from the article:
  • "To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just have to work on it."
  • "The number of developers targeting Windows decreased by 12 percent in the last year, while their targeting of Linux has increased by 34 percent over the same period..."
Will this result in the demise of Windows? Certainly not, but with Dell and Lenovo now shipping and supporting Linux systems the balance of power is certainly changing.

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