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Various bits of news about operating systems

Evolution of the Operating System

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mrpogson.com: In Nature, we believe that diversity of living things allows the survival of the fittest to gradually change the ecosystem as conditions change. This is happening in information technology.

The Unix revolution

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arstechnica.com: This November, the Unix community has another notable anniversary to celebrate: the 40th birthday of the first edition of Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie's Unix Programmers Manual, released in November 1971.

Test Driving GNU Hurd, With Benchmarks Against Linux

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phoronix.com: Last week there was a GNU Hurd status update, which generated a fair amount of attention as it stated there are plans for a Debian GNU/Hurd release in conjunction with Debian "Wheezy" when it's out in late 2012 or early 2013.

Browser Wars: Usage stats

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Software
  • Browser Wars: Usage stats for June 2011
  • That Other OS is Sinking Fast
  • The safest web browser?

A look at: MikeOS 4.1.1 – A barebones OS written totally in Assembly

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openbytes.wordpress: Today we are looking briefly at MikeOS which is a rather unusual project and at the same time one with plenty of scope and rather exciting for those who really do wish to try their hand at coding.

Why I'm smarter than an Open Source surrender monkey

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zdnet.com: Many Open Source advocates have turned into Open Source pragmatists. That doesn’t mean we’ve surrendered. We’ve evolved.

Unix still data center darling, says survey

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theregister.co.uk: Unix systems may not be all the rage that they were two decades ago, but in nearly eight out of 10 data centers based on them, their use is either holding steady or increasing.

The OS Mess: 5 Ways To Take Control

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informationweek.com: The help desk must be a miserable place to work these days. According to our InformationWeek Analytics OS Wars Survey, nearly every company supports Windows, half of those polled officially support Apple devices, and three in 10 support Linux or Android operating systems.

Mac OS X Power Consumption vs. Ubuntu 11.04, Windows 7

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phoronix.com: Last week we delivered results looking at the power consumption of Ubuntu 11.04 versus Windows 7, which was interesting in its own right, but in this article is a brief look at where Apple's Mac OS X operating system fits in between the power consumption of Ubuntu Linux and Microsoft Windows.

Tablet operating systems compared

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techradar.com: Just as PCs and Macs run Microsoft Windows and MacOS X, so different tablets are based around different operating systems. The most popular of these is Apple's iOS found on the various iterations of iPad, but there are numerous alternatives from the likes of Google, HP, Blackberry and Microsoft.

Will Google's OS Topple the Ubuntu Empire?

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Ubuntu

datamation.com: In this article, I will look at what Ubuntu will need to do to make a quick recovery. Plus how the distro can become more attractive to app developers. It’s possible that Ubuntu could even offer some things not found on existing tablets.

Building a Legacy

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Hardware

itjungle.com: The IBM i platform and its bigger brother, the System z mainframe, take a lot of guff for being a legacy platform. But guess what? Solaris is turning 30 next year, as is HP-UX the year after that. AIX will be 25 this year, Windows server variants are almost 20 years old (remember Windows for Workgroups 3.1?), and Linux pretty much freeze-dried after a hectic 20 years of development.

Mozilla, where is Firefox OS?

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Moz/FF

extremetech.com: The last few years have seen a dramatic shift in how we interact with our computers. Gone are the days when you would run multiple applications; gone are the days when your operating system would have to carefully manage memory and multitasking — today, the vast majority of users simply use a web browser.

Whatever You Do, Don't Buy a Chromebook

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pcworld.com: The sad truth is that the Chrome OS vision of all your computing occuring through the Internet is an unsatisfying reality. I've tried to be open to the idea and given the beta Chrome OS the benefit of doubt in its early versions. But as the ship date approached, I began to get nervous that Google couldn't take Chrome OS beyond being an awkward sub-OS.

Kogan Agora Chromium Laptop Preview

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junauza.com: Kogan broke the news that they already released a laptop with Chromium OS as its operating system. Kogan is an Australian manufacturer that has been shipping the notebook in Australia and the United Kingdom since June 7.

Measuring Android’s Fail Points

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Linux

k3rnel.net: Based on Tom Callaway’s “Fail Scale” and inspired by a recent tweet by Ryan Rix I decided to measure just how much Fail does Android have in its project.

Fedora IPv6 Test Day tomorrow

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Fedora will be holding an IPv6 Test Day tomorrow, to test the readiness of both the Fedora distribution and project sites for IPv6. View this as an opportunity to contribute to Fedora while learning about IPv6 in real time from smart cookies who actually know what they’re talking about. I know that’s what I’m going to do. See you all tomorrow in #fedora-test-day on Freenode IRC!

Five Things Every Windows User Should Know

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Linux
Microsoft

pcworld.com: Microsoft's proud proclamations that Windows 8 won't require users to buy a new PC speaks volumes about the company's longtime business model. But there are so many choices, and all too few computer users are even aware that they have them.

What computer users should know

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toolbox.com: Following is a list of what I think is the absolute minimum a computer user should know to be able to keep their machine running as problem free as possible.

64-bit OS written entirely in assembly

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hackaday.com: The folks at Return Infinity just released a new version of their BareMetal OS, a 64-bit operating system written entirely in assembly.

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