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OS Fanatics April 30, 2005

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Of all the fanatics in the computer industry, OS fanatics are the more raging. I have met them all, Linux, Mac and Windows. I used to be a Mac fanatic when growing up because that’s all I was around were Mac fanatics. Windows was bad back in those days and it was entrenched in my head that Microsoft was the enemy. When I finally got out on my own, I got a PC because that’s what I could afford. I still managed to dodge the Windows bullet because it came with a form of BSD Unix, Great OS. Sure it wasn’t as pretty as the Mac but at least it wasn’t Windows. One night around 1994, I was hooked up to the internet and I was on a BBS and I saw this thing about a UNIX clone that could be had for free called Linux. Linux in those days was a mess, it wasn’t very good but it was exciting, so I downloaded it. It was an ungodly amount of floppies; I forget how many but it was a lot. I grew to like Linux and once again it wasn’t Windows. I then got a hand me down DEC Alpha machine, and a hand me down NeXTCube. The DEC Alpha was my first Windows experience, it had Windows NT on it and one of the swappable drives I got had VMS on it. Windows NT Alpha was the better of the two so I started to use it, I also adored the NeXTCube and the NeXTStep OS and was completely in love, it was as functional as the Mac and I had the power of UNIX behind it. I still used Windows NT Alpha and my PC.

Microsoft wasn’t going to support NT 5.0 on the Alphas so I switched back to Linux on that Alpha until the damn thing just up and died on me. But I still had NeXTStep, which was okay because hey it wasn’t Windows. My thinking then started to change; I thought hey maybe MS does know how to do it on alternate platforms because I loved NT. In 1998 I switched back to the Mac, by this time I had more money and could afford it and I got very interested in Rhapsody. I stayed with the Mac until they released the final version of Mac OS X, which was just the bastard child of NeXTStep and while I thought hey they made it the best they could, I looked at the situation and just realized and still think so to this day, nothing impressive about Mac OS X. I switched completely and utterly over to Linux and became a raging Linux fanatic. If you said something bad about Linux I was ready to defend its honor no matter what. Then an interesting thing happened. My employer started moving to Microsoft products from what then I perceived as the perfect OS, so I had to learn VS and I had to learn C# and Visual Basic. One of my college instructors, a very smart lady, then told me one day that if there was a problem with Windows and Microsoft, I could find it. Don’t ask me why but that statement bothered me so much, to this day I still don’t understand why it bothered me so much. I have always loathed a Mac fanatic; I think they are moronic idiotic, religious zealots who basically destroyed the fun of the Mac community. Then I went to PDC 2003. I was pretty much forced to go but it was a real eye opener. The demos and stuff I saw were really cool and with .NET and then the early releases of Longhorn, I am convinced Microsoft may be onto something here, I then looked at the Java community and actually posted a message on the Java forum, how come we couldn’t do certain things ..NET and Longhorn could do on the Java and Linux platform. I got a total of 326 e-mails, not good, from that Java forum calling me all sorts of names, telling me I was a traitor to Java and Linux communities. Telling me the features I thought were so cool were actually stupid and blah blah blah. I then talked to a Microsoft employee and we had a long conversation, about an hour long to which we talked about technical and ethical issues around Microsoft and Linux and I asked the old ass question “Would you buy a car with the hood welded shut?” to which he responded ” Would you buy a car with no tires and no steering wheel?”, he then asked me to name one thing Linux could do that Windows XP and their new Server could not. I thought about it and I said clustering and supercomputing, he then pulled up on his laptop a site dedicated to running Windows in cluster and the Unisys site which sold Hardware that could run Windows. We talked about business models and after the conversation ended I thanked him and walked away with a new understanding of Microsoft and their way of thinking. I may add that in some of their thinking, I do believe it’s warped in some ways although I do understand it.

I had a bunch of conversations at PDC with a lot of Microsoft customers and when some told me what they do with Windows in their environment I was surprised some of the things that were being done, I thought were typically done with Netware and UNIX. I backed away from the Linux forums and Slashdot and Java forums and just read. I was actually surprised how silly a lot of the stuff I read was. By this time I was using Windows 200 and Windows XP and I realized half the “problems” they proclaimed to have were just stupid and fictitious and some of the stuff they proclaimed doesn’t exist on Windows anymore. I then started researching Open Source solutions on Windows to circumvent problems not with Windows but with Microsoft. My last pro-Linux statement came on Slashdot. Someone came up with the idea that Open Source software should not be allowed to run on Windows and other proprietary OS’s and that steps should be made to assure that it doesn’t run on Windows and other proprietary OS’s. This made my blood boil, screw that, it just plain pissed me off. I believe Open Source is for the computing public, for the better of the computing community at large and no one should be excluded. My response that I posted was that

“I think that is the stupidest Idea I have ever heard. If anyone in the Open Source community sabotages the software that it is unethical, WRONG and that I will not endorse any software product or developer that does this and that if OSS developers exclud any support for any OS because it doesn t meet their ideals I will walk away from the Open Source community and leave it as I found it”

of the replies only one person agreed with me and told me he agreed whole heartedly. Others told me that I was a Microsoft shill and that I should go to hell. Since then I have moved completely over to Windows XP and 2000 on all my machines and started implementing OSS solutions on top of Windows. I’m still a member of the local LUG, I’m also a member of the NTUG in my area and I haven’t been happier. But what gets me is that at Geek dinners I go to, you always have the zealot who shows up passing out free copies of Fedora Core, and at the NTUG we have one Linux guy who shows up and tries to convert everyone. I took him aside one day and I asked him what did he think he was doing?

He then went through the talk of how Microsoft was bad and that Bill Gates was a monster and that he was “rich enough” and Linux has no viruses and a bunch of shit. I have one question for people like that? Don’t you think it’s annoying? Why are you going to try to convert people who made their choice and are happy with the choices they made? To me it’s a stupid practice and very annoying. If some of these Linux users and zealots don’t change their ways they will wind up like the Mac user base, ignored, written off and they are slowly taking the fun out of Linux. As for me, I hang out with technologists. People who are passionate about all technology and who are not just interested in religious arguments. I have one question though. Do some of you realize these arguments made by Mac and Linux zealots are always the same thing, no new substance, nothing? Some of them have gotten pretty far by demonizing a company. Id rather hear technical arguments and not some blathering about how bad the company is and that’s where half the arguments have gone, all religion no technical discussions.

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SCO, IBM and Outcomes-Based Circular Reasoning – Yahoo! News April 30, 2005

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Good article, as the author said, I dopubt SCO will have a problem getting wjhat it wants, and this guy must be rooting for SCO. He is wrong about one thing, Linus did not reuse Minix code, the code was his but he did build, initially, on top of Minix.

WinHEC 2005 April 29, 2005

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WinHEC 2005, what to say about it? Unfortunately I couldnt be there, but Hardware doesnt interest me as much as Software developement so I will probably, knock-on-wood, go to PDC this year. The one in 2003 was extremely nice. Anyway, I have watched the keynotes and downloaded the material and read it. The first major announcement was 64 Bit was released which was supercool. I want an Opteron now to run it. The second major announcement was that the driver model is now complete for Longhorn. Which is a very good thing becasue what was frustrating about the previous builds was that they were always changing shit. Now we know what to expect, what code needs to be written for Longhorn and the driver model seems to be stable, hooorah for that. Next was the search, organization, and visualization. The demo’s are awesome. Now Im going to take a minute to talk about Longhorn build 5048. WinHEC was what I expected, a hardware conference, I wasnt expecting much from Longhorn in this conference, while Im sorry some people didnt like it the major building blocks were put into place which was the most important thingthat could happen. I disagree with Paul Thurrot from Winsupersite, Longhorn is not going to be a “train wreck”, I dont think Longhorn development will turn into a “train wreck”. I do like the GUI, Im mixed about the sidebar. The most important thing developers need to be aware of: This build was not meant to WOW anyone, it was meant so that Microsoft could get Longhorn into Hardware developers hands, which they did, So far, in my opinion, Longhorn is shaping up to be a very awesome release.

Re: Jim Allchin – From starving musician to Longhorn vice president (Logged in as: rjdohnert) April 28, 2005

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Jim Allchin imnterview, very cool stuff. He talks about Longhorn, 64 Bit, the Internet and a breadth of interesting stuff

David Kirkpatrick – Microsoft’s New Mantra: ‘It Just Works’ April 23, 2005

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Good article, I hope as the author that Longhorn will just work. I on the other hand remember when Win2k was the bomb and as Allchin said then ” The most secure and complete operating system microsoft has ever created” and with Windows XP, “We left Windows XP on the internet for a long time and had no compromises” yet it was hacked within 20 minutes of release. To me its just lip service, when its released, hopefully before my 1 and a half year old nephew starts college, I will make final judgement. And of course as a responsible IT guy I will always weigh in on the competition such as Linux and Mac OS X, but in the words of a famous singer “They dont impress me much”. Remember what Allchins doing is marketing, its called hype. When the version of Windows AFTER Longhorn comes out, to Allchin Longhorn will be shit, just as 2k is now.

Win2K Is Ending–VARs Need New Alternatives Now April 22, 2005

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Stevie boy from eWeek once again opens mouth and inserts foot. Win2k is not dead, the only difference is its going into the extended support phase and is not going to be under Mainstream support. In my opinion, mainstream support for Windows 2000 ended a long time ago, you see extended support only gives security focused patches and hotfixes, does not add new fuctionality or features to the OS, mainstream support offers other patches, fixes and features beyond security patches. Microsoft cancelled 2k SP5, its not the first time Microsoft cancelled a service pack release. They cancelled Service Pack 7 for Windows NT 4 which was supposed to add USB support. Anyway, Microsoft cancelled mainstream support about a year ago when they refused to release Windows media Player 10 for Win2k and they are refusing to support IE7 on Windows 2k. I hate to tell Stevie this but, most serious Win2k users, not the self proclaimed experts who run Win2k in their basement, are happy with just security fixes, they dont want feature changes this late in the game, they just want tokeep their machines up and running. If you have a problem with a certain App such as IE, they can either use Firefox for their browsing or they can wait for the new Netscape which will have the IE engine built in to which they can run those few remaining explorer only apps. I have tried the Netscape 8 beta with some of them and it works suprisingly well, if you are upset that Office 12 wont be available on Win2k, try Open office 2.0 when it comes out, or OpenOffice 1.1 works well with most Office documents as long as you dont use alot of Macros. The same is true for IIS, want to go to Apache go right ahead, it works and I have been running it on 2k for a better part of the last 2 years and I have had no issues. You want the desktop search that everyones been raving about, try Copernic or MSN Desktop search. I cant on good concious however reccomend Googles desktop search tool because it has many issues i very much dislike. The point is there are many alternatives and Microsoft is not the sole provider of services or apps for the Windows OS. This is not the end, we 2k users are in much better shape than Nt 4 users. If anyone has a question about 2k or the solutions I mentioned above, by all means e-mail me and I will help you work on it, and if you have Apache questions about ASP and ASP.NET I will assist with that as well.

Troubles Surround Windows Server 2003 SP1 April 19, 2005

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Troubles Surround Windows Server 2003 SP1? Be sure to test befor you deploy.

SCO Returns From a Near-Death Market Experience April 19, 2005

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Good news for the SCO Group, it wasnt delisted from NASDAQ, which should make its partners and shareholders happy. SCO also signed a technology agreement with Synnex to provide it with a technology path. Congrats SCO, now lets see if you can beat IBM.

‘Cool it, Linus’ – Bruce Perens April 16, 2005

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Looks like Bruce Perens has a problem with Linuses stand on this issue with the Bitkeeper source repository. This is one of the few times I agree with Linus, Trigell did knowingly and maliciously (in my opinion) try to rip-off and reverse engineer anothers IP and try to knowingly and malicously (in my opinion) try to introduce said code into an Open Source project. As for Perens comment “the closed source tool was foisted on kernel developers despite the consensus that it was inappropriate for a GPL project.”, Its Linuses project, he is the manager, he can use whatever goddamn tool he decides to use. I hope Linus takes a license and continues to use Bitkeeper. As for perens, Im going to offer him some advice, “cool it”