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Reverse Migration: From Linux to Windows September 28, 2004

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Neat article from eWeak. This talks about companies that have switched from Linux to Windows. Of course the anti-MS crowdhas already tried to start trashing this artcle as bogus. These are the same pimplefaced-undersexed-livin in moms basement- Linux freaks, such as Steve J Vaughn-Nichols. I had a friend of mine that recently switched to Windows Server 2003 from Linux after he set up a mail server and the thing kept going down and acting really funny at times. Matt is a Linux expert, RHCE certified and runs it at home as well as at work. He has been very impressed with Windows Server 2003. I switched from UNIX and Linux to Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP about 2 yrs ago.

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What happened to Great Out of the Box Experience? September 27, 2004

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Good example of why drugs are outlawed. This guy needs a dose of reality. There is nothing really wrong about SP2. Some complain how Microsoft does it, some love it. But most of Karsten Schneiders arguments are extremely inacuurate, kntpicky or just plain wrong.

Sun on Open Source September 25, 2004

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This is an extention of an earlier posting. Sun does actually contribute more Open Source products than anyone else. Openoffice, GNOME contributions, Netbeans, Solaris, and other projects on Java.net. Red hat does Linux and they do their damndest to lock you into their distribution.

Red Hat exec takes Sun to task on open source September 24, 2004

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Interesting peice on News.com although i feel that fighting amongst executives an incredibly stupid thing to do. one thing i will respond to Tiemann on is this direct quote:

“Would you create a fund to defend open-source developers against the predatory practice of other patent holders? Would you put your financial muscle and lobbying credibility behind fighting software patents–something our community universally hates because it threatens our ability to innovate?”

Your ability to innovate? It keeps people from taking proprietary source code, thats not supposed to be in any Open Source project
from being contributed. Why should Sun create a fund for protecting open Source developers? So those same developers can go around and steal and pilfer code and say “Thats okay, Sun will protect us and give us money to fight in court” from a corporate standpoint such funds are incredibly stupid and where is red hats confidence in the open Source community, they only contributed $100,000 dollars to their “defense fund” the rest of it coming from a wide variety of donaters with Red hat being the steward of the fund. Thats not a suitable replacement for indemnification. Red hats fund just states, hey if you get sued for an Open Source product we will give you money to defend yourself but we wont support you directly. Microsoft, Sun, SCO, and even Apple offer true indemnification where the company says “You have a problem with the product, talk to our lawyers” Red Hat does not offer indemnification for Linux. the only ones who offer indemnification for Linux is Novell and HP, Novell because HP pressured them to do it and HP offers indemnification if you get all your bits and software code from HP. Meaning if you recompile your kernel, you dont get indemnification. If you download bits through a CVS you dont get indemnified. HP basically controls your distribution and what you can do with the system. With open source becoming more visible I have a feeling we will see more lawsuits popping up. Not all developers are honest people. I have a real problem with the fact that the open Source community lets anyone contribute and there are no checks and balances to keep the developers honest. Some of these developers are going to be called out on their dishonest tactics and its about goddamn time.

The Sun will rise September 22, 2004

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Sun has decided to reinvent themselves. I attended their NC04Q3 event online. Let me give you a brief story of my history with Sun. I used to be a Sun customer. I loved Solaris, I love Java but i had one problem. Cost. Sun made the same mistake that Apple has made and continues to make, they made their own proprietary hardware and OMG did you pay a premium for it. ok, want quality you pay for it. Sun had a real knack for pissing me off, support sucked, you couldnt get them to do anything and every time i talked to a Sun rep it was always, Microsoft this, Microsoft that, Microsoft sucks. That with the coupling that there was a lot and I mean a lot of infighting i the java community, it appeared to be at a stand still. So I did what any self respecting developer could do. I seperated myself from the Java community and when Apple came out with Mac OS X, I jumped on that and was quite pleased with it until that crowd reared their ugly political and religous head. i left the Apple group to it as all they wanted to preach was not how great the technology was but every conversation reflected on Microsoft this, Microsoft that, Microsoft sucks. So I went with the Linux community full time. I considered linux a play toy and i have been using Linux since 1994. I also participated in the GNU darwin project. So what happened, i learned just how much the GPL guys suck. let me get it straight not all of them sucked. The GNU Darwin community doesnt suck. i still have tons of respect for Dr. Love and still help when i can. but i had a lot of bad experiences with the Linux community. I was backstabbed several times. Through all that i stuck with Linux and the open Source community. Once again the conversations turned to Microsoft this, Microsoft that, Microsoft sucks. So I decided to see for myself, and I jumped on .NET. .NET had everything i wanted, from the functionality of Java without the infighting amongst the developers and the backyard politics and religon of the Linux and Mac communities. So i was happy. A couple of months ago i did a review of Java Studio Creator for OSNews and I got interested in Java again, I revisited the community. Most of the old faces were gone, some were still around but overall its been a good experience. i still use .NET alot but I decided to brush up on my java and stay proficient. Now we come back to the NC04Q3. Very interesting, some great product lineups and I am very interested in Solaris 10, particularly compiling Mono for it 🙂 But since Solarix x86 seems to be taking off i want to test it on my test system at home before i make any decisions on it. Whatever happens Sun has a chance to pick itself back up. Lets see what they do.

Open-source spat triggers legal threat September 20, 2004

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Here we go again. I think the open Source community really needs to learn to police itself.

Firfox reaches One million Downloads September 19, 2004

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Congrats to the Firefox team, through their evangelist website they are reporting approximately 1,168,288 downloads of their browser which surpassed their plans of 1 million downloads in 10 days. In case you guys dont have it, the download link is here. Very good Browser.

Technology Industry To Adopt Linux Standard September 15, 2004

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This is actually old news. The LSB standard has been around for a few years. the only problem that plagued the LSB in the past was that their was no cooperation between the companies. So what happened was that Red Hat created their own LSB standard, SuSE did as well and so on and so forth. i doubt these companies have grown up enough to get along and I see more inighting and probably circumvention then anything else with this issue.

Firefox Pre-Preview Release Available for Testing September 15, 2004

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YES, finally. Firefox 1.0 is available for testing, people if you rely on your old extentions or themes then dont bother. The old 0.9 themes and extentions DO NOT WORK. get all the details
Thunderbird 0.8 is also available today, but like previous if you rely on the Calendar or extentions dont upgrade yet.

MaryMaryQuiteContrary September 15, 2004

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Mary, Mary. tsk tsk. Listen honey, oh dear heart, learn your lessons. DONT eat or drink near your keyboard. I thought you would have learned your lesson. use the Apple Pro Keyboard with the Sun Ray, it actually works quite well. Mary is actually a Sun employee and an awesome lady. Read her blog and you will find out. Mary dont drop the java card in the coffee either.