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Linux vs Windows: A new monopoly September 28, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions.

When you talk to Linux zealots and Open Source zealots their biggest argument is the need to replace Microsoft.  They often feel the need to displace Microsoft as the dominant OS on the market.  While this may look good on paper, the reality is not so cut and dry.

While Linux has many good merits so does the Windows OS.  They both have their places in the datacenter and for better or worse, both are just as good technically as the other.  So why the need to destroy Windows?  Often times its zealotry.  What would happen if Linux was to displace Windows?  You’d basically have another monopoly.  You would be depriving users of the choice that they deserve.  Users would be locked into the platform.  Linux would be the monoculture.  Virus writers and malware writers would only have to target one platform which for them would be nice and less work.

Would security be better?  Probably not.  Because if they were truly able to create an inpenetrable OS, attackers would go through the weakest link.  The user.  See Linux gives people a false sense of security, many people think Linux is hacker proof and you would be surprised how many people actually run as the root user.

So before you think Linux would be the best thing since sliced bread, get the facts.


Free as in beer… Is beer free? September 22, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions.

I have always had a problem with that saying.  Beer is not free.  No one can get free beer.  Go to your local ale house and get a beer dont you pay for that?  When you get a keg, dont you pay for that?  Even to brew your own beer you have to buy the ingredients to make it.  Beer is not free, someone may give you a beer but it cost somebody some money down the line somewhere.  Not a very good analogy when you think aout it is it?

Google testing OpenSolaris September 22, 2006

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Google appears to be testing OpenSolaris and experimenting with it.  eBay and Yahoo are already working with it these just seems to be experimental testing but Solaris 10 could replace Linux in some cases.  Definately one to stay tuned for

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Sony rips off MacBook and Windows Vista Revealed September 22, 2006

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Apparantly Sony has copied the infamous MacBook design.  From the white chiclet buttons to the color scheme its all MacBook and Apple according to some should sue.  So what about Windows Vista?  Apparantly Windows Vista is ” It’s Windows XP dressed up to fool the general public that it’s “just like Apple’s Mac OS X.”  and if you want 
” Buy this mess, put Vista on it and you, too, can have a retarded stepchild of Apple’s Mac platform. “

Link to storycommunity is less vocal and more mature than the Mac and Linux community.  While the Linux and Mac communities are quick to label the Windows community as untalented, lazy and computer science illiterate.  Its been said by some that the Windows community is incapable of developing software on par of that of UNIX/Linux or the Mac.  Considering that Windows software tends to be better designed, have better features and have a level of quality the labels seem very inaccurate.  The Windows community members I know of are not “blind zombies” many have used or use alternative platforms along with the Windows platform.

Mac — The Mac community tends to be more vocal and more religous like.  They never pass up an oppurtunity to insult Windows users or Bill Gates and Microsoft.  They also tend to make blind clueless claims.  Many in the Mac community have never used Windows or an alternative platform.  They heard of Blue Screen of death through a newsgroup or on the web somewhere and tend to use excuses of problems that either no longer exist in Windows

My Ubuntu finale. What will I take away from it? September 18, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Interesting Reads, Opinions, Reviews.

Ok its been a month since I tried using Linux as my primary desktop.  It was a nice little ride and Linux definately has made some improvements and while Ubuntu may be the best Linux distribution out there I doubt it will make any serious strides against Windows Vista.  Ubuntu was the closest and possibly has the better chance.  With that said here have been my Ubuntu observations.

Ubuntu and Xubuntu are better than Kubuntu.  I dont know if its because the GNOME and GTK preferences but Kubuntu seems very unpolished, doesnt work correctly and is very tempremental with packages in Adept.  Adept, also for some reason breaks packages very easily.  So Ubuntu or Xubuntu have my votes as to what I will keep using for awhile.  In fact Im going to plug Xubuntu for a sec, if your machine is less than a 1 ghz Processor with less than 256 mb of RAM, Xubuntu is for you.  End plug

One of the problems I have with Ubuntu is its lack of stability in reference to Java apps.  It crashes constantly when running some Java apps and forces a hard reboot when running others.  Hardware support isnt bad especially with removable devices.  Even hardware that SLED 10 didnt pick up Ubuntu did.

The usability of Ubuntu is amazing.  Today my sister in law came over and wanted to use a computer to print out some address labels and check her e-mail.  I told her to go ahead and use it while I was working on a vehicle.  She asked me for the password and I told her, I forgot Linux was booted on the system when I went in to change it she was actualy using the system. I didnt have to instruct her I didnt have to tell her anything.  The layout was simple, Internet, Office, multimedia.  In fact she even commented the only thing missing was the iTunes music store.  This just proves that Linux yes, can be acceptable as a desktop OS since my sister in law is one of the most untechnical users I know.  If something goes wrong, well thats another story.  Also they should include tools like ndiswrapper and ndisgtk in the default install.
In some ways I liked the Synaptic/Adept system for installing packages.  Im not going to need all the packages on my desktop computer that I need on my laptop like wifi radar, Network manager etc.  As a developer though you will be glad to know that GCC and the other build essentials are on the CD just reinsert the install CD during an installed session.

What will I take away from this?  The fact Ubuntu is almost there.  Its a good, reliable system and I look forward to future releases.  Some people like Greg Kroah Hartman of Novell, RMS and others in the Linux comunity will do more damage to the reputation of Linux than any technical deficiency present in the system itself.  Ubuntu does a good job though of staying out of the political side of it, lets hope it stays that way.

Update September 17, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Site News.
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As some of you know Im taking a break from blogging.  I do intend to return to it soon but to keep myself from getting burnt out I decided to take a break.  I will start again probably by mid next week.

SGI’s Unix variant fading into history September 10, 2006

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Silicon Graphics will phase out its Irix operating system and the MIPS chip-based computers the Unix variant runs on at the end of the year, 18 years after the once-vaunted computing company introduced the technology. “After nearly two decades of leading the world in innovation and versatility, the MIPS-Irix products will end their general availability on Dec. 29, 2006,” SGI said on its Web site. SGI will still sell some systems “through special arrangement only” after that, and support will last through at least December 2013, the company said.


My Thoughts, Sad day.  Irix was what the UNIX desktop should have been.  It was stable, innovative and a true standard as well as an inspiration.  Ubuntu is the pnly Linux distro that comes close to what IRIX was.

OpenOffice.org now in Aqua flavor!!! September 7, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Application Development, Software reviews, Tech News.

NeoOffice created by Patrick Luby and Edward Peterlin, which used to be the only modern flavor of OpenOffice.org for the Mac has now gotten better.  No more X11 required, all native Aqua.  Very nice port and it sticks primarily to the Mac OS X UI standards.  The dialogs could use more work but I have downloaded the build and its not bad.  Cant wait for the final.  As always, its Open Source and if you like the software consider making a donation to keep it going.  This was not an easy effort Im sure and the guys could probably use the support.


Will Vista stall Net traffic? September 7, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions, Tech News.
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Some are claiming it will, others are saying its FUD.  The News.com article states Windows Vista is the first version of Windows to support IPv6 natively, but I thought Windows Server 2003 supported IPv6 natively.  Either way, I doubt it will be as problematic as Paul Mockapetris says.


ISA Server Firewall Client 32 bit and 64 bit September 6, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Application Development, Tech News.

As an ISA Server administrator, you can deploy the Firewall Client software on the client computers in your corporate network. In this way, these clients can have broader application access on the Internet; the client software enables clients to send requests to all Windows Sockets (Winsock)-based applications. Furthermore, as the administrator, you can configure a user-based firewall policy, which depends on the authentication credentials that the Firewall Client can present. This version of the Firewall Client software enables the installation of the Firewall Client on 32-bit and 64-bit computers.

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