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[News] Updated Chart of Distribution of Commits to Linux

  • Subject: [News] Updated Chart of Distribution of Commits to Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2009 10:57:46 +0100
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Who's developing Linux?

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| From time to time, Nick Carr of Red Hat, and I have a 
| conversation about the state of things.  During this 
| discussion, he mentioned a very interesting Linux Foundation 
| paper titled Linux Kernel Development How Fast it is Going, Who 
| is Doing It, What They are Doing, and Who is Sponsoring It: An 
| August 2009 Update.



the next battle lines

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| Microsoft recently conceded the Vista struggle and is now refocusing it's
| market on the yet-to-materialize Windows 7. Sure, Vista is slow and piggish
| and has some rather cute ideas of what "bling" means. Sure, it found new ways
| to annoy users and drag usability down. But in past years, they could have
| pushed that down the throat of the market. We know they could have because
| they did: each version of Windows that came out required more hardware and
| had its own "fun" quirks.


Microsoft Takes Heat for Double Talk on Windows 7

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| Microsoft has had some trouble explaining these alleged contradictions; with,
| for example, Nash calling Windows 7 both a "significant" and "evolutionary"
| advancement. Then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer declared at Gartner's annual
| Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, Fla., that, "Windows 7 is Windows Vista with
| cleanup in user interface [and] improvements in performance."


Microsoft Is Giving Up on Windows

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| It's true: Microsoft has confirmed that it's abandoning Windows as we know
| it. Cagey as ever, the Microsofties won't say when it'll happen, but they
| have talked a little bit about what the next OS is going to look like--or not
| look like.
| [...]
| Midori for Linux?
| One of my smarter-than-me buddies, Gary F., told me that Linus Torvalds
| worked on something called Midori a few years ago, an embedded Linux for
| mobile devices: "I doubt Microsoft would ever release something that could be
| traced back to Linux, but if I recall correctly, Transmeta's Midori had some
| rudimentary 'cloud computing' features vaguely similar to Microsoft's
| Midori." Read "Details emerge on Transmeta's "Mobile Linux" and "Transmeta
| Exports Midori Linux to China" for details.


Microsoft loses 90 Billion Dollars


Windows 7: R.I.P.

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| Death throes. Thatâs how Iâd describe the latest barrage of white papers from
| Microsoft. The companyâs flagship, Windows Vista, is thrashing around in the
| shallows like a wounded animal, fighting in vain to escape the inevitable.
| [...]
| Now we learn that thereâs no point in waiting for Windows 7 because,
| according to Microsoft, âitâll be just like Vista.â
| Talk about eating your young! Microsoft is now publicly trashing their next
| version in order to salvage their current dud. Never mind that theyâre
| killing the very positive mystique surrounding Windows 7. Company executives
| are hell bent on proving that the Vista âRefuseniksâ were wrong, and theyâre
| not above using force to achieve their goal.
| Thatâs right, hidden within their latest propaganda piece is the not so
| veiled threat that customers who bypass Vista risk widening the very
| compatibility chasm that dissuaded them in the first place. Thatâs because
| Microsoft has no intention of making it any easier for customers to upgrade
| to Windows 7 from XP than it is for them to upgrade from XP to Vista today.


CIOs Uncensored: For The Sake Of IT, Leave XP Alone

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| I just finished a presentation to a group of nontechnical executives, and I'm
| even more angry about Microsoft's plan to end shipments of Windows XP this
| summer. I'd been making my list of reasons Microsoft shouldn't get rid of XP.
| Now I've got one more biggie--it's going to set back the hard-earned progress
| CIOs have been making in getting IT viewed as a strategic part of their
| organizations.



Microsoftâs credibility turning to junk while Linux revenue grows

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| Sweeping changes are needed in Microsoftâs go-to-market approach, and it may
| find more success by creating products like Live Writer, which found a huge
| following right away. Continuing on its current path, the company will
| continue to destroy its credibility and build animosity with users looking
| for quality products on their terms.    


Microsoft Plummets, Retail Falls While Beauty Gains in CoreBrand 2007 Brand
Power Rankings

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| The annual "CoreBrand Brand Power 100" Branding Index(R) of 1,200 US
| corporations ranks Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson at #1 and #2
| respectively, unchanged since 2004. Meanwhile, Microsoft's corporate brand
| declined in stunning fashion over the past four years, falling from 11 in
| 2004 to 59 in 2007 Microsoft, a decline of 48 places!    


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| Would you believe... that Microsoft has dropped down to #86 within the
| Fortune Best Places to Work survey? That's down from #50 in 2007 and #42 in
| 2006. Like a rock. In a bad way. And who is #1 for two years in a row? Grab
| that chair and give it a big effen toss in the air to Google! Toot! They get
| bigger and they're still #1.    


What we do know about Windows 7

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| Windows 7 will be a minor update to Vista â with âminor,â here, meaning as
| less disruptive as possible to users and their applications. Microsoft has
| said Windows 7 will use the same driver model that Vista did.

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