Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

M$ lures Linux World attendees with pizzas

Filed under
Microsoft

LINUXWORLD in San Francisco is larger than the old NYC "PC Expo", now C3 Expo in NY was. There's a ton to see, and, as in the Boston show, the dual Opterons are quite impressive. I spent the first day getting a general feel for what's around, not able to look as in much depth at stuff as I hoped to.

Tyan is coming out in a few weeks with an enclosure with dual boards that will house eight dual core Opterons, for a 16 power unit. Quite impressive looking!

Microsoft enticed me away from LinuxWorld with an offer of "free pizza" for lunch. I figured I'd be around for a couple more days of Linux, so I went for the free pizza. I walked the block and a half, and I needed the exercise. That was about the best it got.

I listened to a Microsoftie tell us how wonderful Windows CE embedded is, and how wonderful WindowsXP embedded is. I don't think anybody bought it. Most people didn't even take the free CDs with them.

After those first two minutes, I was ready to go.

The two guys next to me left after 20 minutes with nothing to eat or drink. They were smart.

The presenter joked about how probably most of us thought negatively about security in Microsoft software. Nobody disagreed. In the ensuing discussion, most people agreed that Linux was a far better platform for embedded systems than Windows is. I don't know what any of the Microsoft folks thought, other than the presenter.

Eventually, someone came with a slice of pizza, saying she felt sorry we had been waiting so long. Being in a city renowned for good food, I'm sure she didn't know that the dough wasn't fully baked.

And I'm not implying that Microsoft's software will also prove to be half baked.

By Joe Bruno
theinquirer

More in Tux Machines

Manjaro Community Proudly Presents The Release of Manjaro Linux 0.8.13.1 i3 Edition

Today, August 4, Bernhard Landauer, the maintainer of the i3 community edition of the Manjaro Linux distribution had the pleasure of announcing the immediate availability for download of Manjaro Linux i3 0.8.13.1. Read more

GParted 0.23.0 Open Source Partition Editor Adds Support for Setting New Btrfs UUID

The developers of the famous GParted open-source partition editor software used by default on numerous Live CDs announced the release and immediate availability for download of GParted 0.23.0. Read more

Lumina Desktop 0.8.6 Released!

Just in time for PC-BSD & FreeBSD 10.2 (coming soon), the Lumina desktop has been updated to version 0.8.6! This version contains a number of updates for non-English users (following up all the new translations which are now available), as well as a number of important bug-fixes, and support for an additional FreeDesktop specification. The PC-BSD “Edge” packages have already been updated to this version and the FreeBSD ports tree will be getting this update very soon as well. Read more

Find The Perfect Linux-Compatible PC With Ubuntu's Hardware Database

Some PCs are more difficult to run Linux on than others — it’s all about the drivers. Some laptops are available with Linux pre-installed, but plenty aren’t — even though they may make great Linux PCs. The Ubuntu Certified Hardware database helps you find Linux-compatible PCs. Most computers can run Linux, but some are much easier than others. Certain hardware manufacturers (whether it’s Wi-Fi cards, video cards, or other buttons on your laptop) are more Linux-friendly than others, which means installing drivers and getting things to work will be less of a hassle. Read more