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[News] Microsoft Still Follows the Footsteps of GNU/Linux

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Linux Continues to Define the Future of Computing While Microsoft Follows

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| Monday: Microsoft starts its week with a front page story in the Wall St. 
| Journal titled, “Microsoft Battles Low-Cost Rival for Africa.” In the article 
| Microsoft is documented engaged in questionable practices against a Linux 
| competitor that is springing up across Africa not because of any corporate 
| conspiracy, but because it is free and open.    
| Tuesday: Microsoft reveals “Windows 7” which is widely regarded as an attempt 
| to right the wrong that is Vista. Headlines were brutal: Infoworld: “Windows 
| 7: The ‘dog food’ tastes bad”, Dallas News: “Microsoft previews Windows 7, 
| and it looks like… Vista”, Computerworld: “Is Windows 7’s new UAC just 
| lipstick on a pig?” and “Windows 7, Office 14 to create bigger lame ducks 
| than George W. Bush.”     
| Tuesday: Microsoft also announced its cloud computing platform summed up best 
| at ZDNet: “Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform: A guide for the perplexed.” No 
| licensing, pricing and due date information. This for something that Amazon 
| has offered with a Linux based solution for over a year on the EC2 Cloud.   
| We aren’t even half way through the week yet and Microsoft is either getting 
| battered or following technical trends already blazed by Linux. In contrast, 
| Linux is having a great week.  



RE: Windows Vista VS Linux  

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| # Drivers in windows vista are too difficult
|     * In Linux all my devices “just worked”.
|     * After a clean install of Vista, nothing works. You then have to hunt 
|       down drivers. 
|     * Driver updates from windows update made my laptop less stable, not more 
|       stable 
| [...]
| This is a big one. I hated Outlook, it was slow, buggy and bizarre. I 
| dreadfully missed Konsole, bash, sed, grep, awk, etc. All my attempts at 
| finding alternatives and solutions (like cygwin… which fails in Vista) were 
| failures. But I don’t like giving up.   
| For Outlook, I switched to Thunderbird and Lightning.



Windows Trying to Catch up!

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| Win folks starts cloning with this pathetic attempt to recreate XGL with
| this Yod'm 3D! The 3D Window Manager on Windows from CrystalXp
| [...]
| Too slow, the desktop bar keeps on jumping out of place and on top
| of all that it doesn't come with decent uninstall feature!!
| Advice Don't do it, want a professional cool looking and FREE O/S
| get yourself Linux otherwise stick with your Windows Explorer!!


This eWeek [on Servers]

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| I asked Jason about Windows Server's newfound security: "The first time
| I heard about this new feature," he said, "I thought it was clearly a
| response to Linux.
| Windows Server 2008 isn't quite there yet, according to Jason's tests.


Analyzing Microsoft’s OS by Linux Standards

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| Nevertheless, after the install and basic setup, it seemed to work okay.
| Due to the size of the install DVD, I was expecting a full-featured OS
| complete with good burning software, an office suite, etc.
| What I got was entirely sub-par.
| No decent cd-burning software was provided,
| and I found that to get one, (Nero) I would have to pay extra.
| Wow. With Ubuntu, I could get K3b for free, with the benefit
| of it being open-source too. If that wasn’t bad enough, I noticed that all 
| images, fonts, and the desktop itself seemed skewed. 
| Hmm. Must be missing the display drivers. But before I contacted Gateway to 
| protest that the included OS didn’t come with display drivers, I decided to 
| browse it a bit more(after all, display isn’t a huge deal for the moment). 
| Now, I’ve seen XP in use before, so I had a general idea of how it was 
| supposed to work. After awhile, it dawned on me that my machine wasn’t 
| cutting it: I needed those drivers! The sound, wifi, display, and some 
| aspects of the MoBo and touchpad were either not operating to their full 
| capacity or not working at all. Now Ubuntu (my main OS) did sometimes need 
| drivers, especially for tv-cards and the like, but I had never had so many 
| necessary driver additons. Geez. And this is the OS that came with the 
| machine!           


Vista to Ubuntu (100%)

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| I had enough with eating crap with Vista. My last line of patience warned off 
| when I happened to wait about 5 seconds when changing from one MS Doc file to 
| another and also happened that I was running with time to finish a project 
| report. No, I’m not running on 256 ram, it’s 1 GB and this kind of a time 
| wastage is totally unacceptable. You may ask why I put up with Vista in the 
| first place. That’s thanks to HP’s decision to embrace Vista so my laptop was 
| pre-built with Vista and no chance to downgrade because there are no drivers. 
| So where to go now ? Easy….Gutsy.       
| [...]
| But my worries were groundless as Wine now supports Macromedia 8 series like 
| a babe. Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash all works perfectly with Wine - 
| installation to Execution. Another great thing with Gutsy is that my Broadcom 
| network card support is inbuilt and with some additional applications I can 
| search networks and connect to them like a charm. Also I’m using AWN manager 
| to manage desktop (here is a great article on desktop styling - thanks to 
| Lakshan) and now it looks like a hybrid between Leopard and Vista. So what 
| else I can ask for ?       


Prediction: Linux will Eat Microsoft on Most Desktops

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| Now, compare that to a $500.00 desktop running Linux and OpenSource 
| applicaitons. That would be about $50,000. The difference? Two or three 
| employees, a huge bonus, a couple of vehicles, whatever. Not small.   


Linux is about to take over the low end of PCs

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| Opinion -- Sometimes, several unrelated changes come to a head at the same 
| time, with a result no one could have predicted. The PC market is at such a 
| tipping point right now and the result will be millions of Linux-powered PCs 
| in users' hands.   
| [...]
| Microsoft will fight this trend tooth and nail. It will cut prices to the 
| point where it'll be bleeding ink on some of its product lines. And Windows 
| XP is going to stick around much longer than Microsoft ever wanted it to. 
| Still, it won't be enough. By attacking from the bottom, where Microsoft can 
| no longer successfully compete, Linux will finally cut itself a large slice 
| of the desktop market pie.      


Ubuntu Linux vs Windows Vista: The Desktop Battle

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| It’s easy these days to buy either a Vista or Ubuntu laptop or Desktop. Dell 
| supports both of them, as one possible choice. 


Windows Vista: Sold but not deployed

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| Microsoft says it remains happy with enterprise sales of Vista -- however, 
| the software behemoth acknowledges that many businesses which have bought 
| Vista licences are yet to deploy the software.  


Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to 
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the 
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.  
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and 
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based 
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and 
| Lenovo. 
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said. 


Ugly view mars Windows Vista birthday

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| According to latest data from NPD, Microsoft is shipping fewer boxed copies 
| of Windows Vista than it did Windows XP at the same point in the operating 
| systems' lifecycles.  


The Vista Death Watch

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| Microsoft has extended the life of Windows XP because Vista has simply not 
| shown any life in the market. We have to begin to ask ourselves if we are 
| really looking at Windows Me/2007, destined to be a disdained flop. By all 
| estimates the number of Vista installations hovers around the number of Macs 
| in use.    
| How did this happen? And what’s going to happen next? Does Microsoft have a 
| Plan B? A number of possibilities come to mind, and these things must be 
| considered by the company itself.   


Lenovo offers downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP

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| My colleague Stian just sent me this interesting link regarding my 
| experiences with Windows Vista. Since I assume the link will NOT have the 
| visual appearence it has right now for very many more hours (days) I've 
| created a screenshot of how it looked when I went into the site.   


Windows Vista kicked out of Olympics PCs

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| Microsoft's latest version of Windows is too risky to implement for the 
| important computers managing the 2008 Olympic summer games in Beijing, said 
| the event's computer supplier and sponsor Lenovo.  


DSG continues retailer woes

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| DSG, the company formerly known as Dixons, became the latest British retailer 
| to report a drop in profits for the summer months today. But it wasn’t all 
| down to the rotten weather – this time it was also Microsoft’s fault.  


Dell casts doubts on Vista

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| Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on
| some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to
| Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista.
| [...]
| While a popular request through the company's IdeaStorm website, the
| choice was substantially outnumbered by requests for pre-installed
| Linux, US-based technical support, and other features -- pointing to a 
| larger general demand for the change. The turnaround may be a reflection of 
| an overall backlash against Vista, observed IDC analyst Richard Shim.

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