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Linux system administrators should consider getting their MCSE. What? That’s correct. You might also consider buying a Mac Mini desktop and practice with it at home. I’m serious, so take this recommendation to heart.
Tom Yager dusted off his crystal ball this morning in order to answer the question "where will Linux thrive?" He also made a prediction regarding the effect of Apple's Unix on the future of Linux.
Marking what could have been a summer-long hiatus in its "Get the Facts" campaign, Microsoft is re-igniting the flames on the argument over whether enterprises spend less to manage Windows systems than Linux systems.
Vista, Microsoft's new version of Windows, is almost ready to roll. Vista has a lot of advantages over Windows XP, but when held up against OS X, Vista at first seems little more than an attempt at flattery. Vista obviously is not the only choice for Windows users, and switching to an Apple Macintosh computer is not the only alternative, either.
Those of you who have followed Silicon Hutong for a while will know that I have long been a Linux-skeptic, believing firmly that despite its obvious advantages on servers, Linux would never be in a position to displace Windows on the desktop.
Well, I was wrong.
At this point there are really only three major contenders on the desktop market; Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X. It is a known fact that Windows still holds the vast majority of the market and Mac OS X is tied to computers made only by one manufacturer.
Is there an alternative for original Microsoft Windows to substitute the pirated Microsoft Windows and Office on your office computers?
It's 2007, and you want to upgrade all your PCs' operating systems after the infamous March 2007 XP Meltdown. You know, the virus attack that actually melted computers running XP, but couldn't touch machines running any other OS? Never heard of it? Well, play along with me, OK?
OpenSolaris isn't a true open source project, but rather a "facade", because Sun doesn't share control of it with outsiders, executives from rival IBM say.
SCO's Linux and IBM lawsuits haven't been going well, and the stock market's beginning to notice. SCO's hometown newspaper, the Salt Lake City Tribune, notes that SCO's stock has fallen from its October 2003 high of $20.50 per share to an August 1 close of $2.28.
Okay, I confess that I chose this headline to draw you into this blog entry. A more accurate headline would be "Operating systems need to disappear". But I don't want my meaning to be misconstrued. The term "operating systems" would have to include proprietary operating systems.
These days, when one talks about free software, the first word that comes to mind is Linux. ReactOS is an old project. It actually started around 1996, but started producing code only recently. It aims at implementing all of win32 according to specs, be it hardware or software.
Not long ago, choosing Linux in the data center meant a tradeoff. You had to give up some capabilities in exchange for freedom from Microsoft lock-in. But that has changed. These days the features of Windows and Linux stack up against each other very competitively. For the most part, administrators can choose Linux or Windows today without losing out. Some differences, however, must be considered. In this article, I look at several of those differences.