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Crystal Ball Sunday #5: Operating System Interoperability

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daniweb.com/blog: Yes, it's Sunday again and you know what that means--Crystal Ball Sunday and new predictions for Linux and Open Source for the coming months. This week I probe application and operating system interoperability.

OpenSolaris still has some Linux copying to do

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theregister.co.uk: Sun has made good on its promise to deliver OpenSolaris, the company's Unix-based answer to Linux, with a company-supported, commercial update arriving in mid-May. Although far from a complete product, the latest OpenSolaris is impressive and in the long run could prove a viable alternative to Linux.

Ending the Hardware/Software Rat Race

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pcworld.com/blogs: Microsoft announced this week that it is extending the cut-off date for sales of Windows XP until 2010. It's not hard to see why. The mini-laptop that started it all, the Asus Eee PC, shipped with Linux pre-installed, and many of the new machines are likely to take the same road. This is a fascinating development, and with any luck it could be the start of a promising new trend.

Apple vs. Google vs. Linux vs. Microsoft: The Fight For the Desktop is On!

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Rob Enderle: This week marks several important events. I have not seen this level of competition before and Microsoft has never appeared more exposed. In my lifetime I have never seen a major vendor allow the kind of attack-marketing Apple is using without challenge. And, coupled with initial problems with Windows Vista, Microsoft suddenly looks like they are in a fight for the desktop the likes of which they – and we – have never seen.

XP versus Arch

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celettu.wordpress: A couple of days ago I installed Arch Linux on an old PC, with IceWM as the window manager, and made it look like Vista. At the end of the article, I promised I’d compare the performance that PC with that of a PC with Windows XP on it, and post the results.

“OS Wars: The Movie” - Cast Of Actors

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bizriver.com: In a not too distant present, at a not too distant Interweb, you will bear witness to one of the greatest dramas of our time. An epic battle between equally powerful forces as they struggle for dominance and the hearts and minds of the “Now” generation. I introduce to you, now, the cast of “OS Wars: The Movie”

Windows vs. Linux: Understanding the Difficulty Divide

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workswithu.com: Over the years, I’ve developed a generalized theory about the relative cost of getting things done in Windows versus that of Linux, and as something of a corollary, the reason a lot of people say Linux is too hard, or “not ready for the desktop.”

OpenSolaris: nice try, pity about the licence

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itwire.com: Why would anyone try to introduce an operating system into the existing glut unless it pays off in spades? What can a new entrant give us that the multitude of Linux distributions, the Mac OSX and old, hoary Windows hasn't?

Windows XP SP3 vs. Ubuntu upgrade to 8.04

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blogs.techrepublic.com: So a few friends of mine have all suffered from the Windows XP SP3 update plague that has rendered some machine in need of a complete re-install and some machines just acting as if they have been infected by some form of PC-west-nile. So instead of making fun of them for once again getting pimp-slapped by Microsoft, I thought I would try to suffer their same pain by updating my primary machine (currently running Ubuntu 7.10) to Hardy Herron 8.04.

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS vs. Windows XP SP3: Application Performance Benchmark

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mssaleh.wordpress: I wanted to compare Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux in terms of applications performance. A lot has happened since; Ubuntu 8.04 came out, Microsoft finalized their third service pack for Windows XP, and best of all I upgraded my PC. I decided to test again.

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