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Usability Comparison: Five PC Operating Systems Compared

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g33q.co.za: Most Operating systems are very good these days. Primary focus for the Desktop Computer should be ease of use, or so you’d hope. I take five Operating Systems and compare them using six tasks that most users will need to do at least once a week. Here is how they did.

Washing the windows myths. Service and support.

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toolbox.com: One of the biggest fear factors that companies have with their computing systems is that things can go bang. This prompts the who you gunna call question from higher ups.

World's Funniest Windows Error Messages

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junauza.com: We all know how it sucks to see error messages. If you have been using Windows all your life, you have probably seen lots of them already.

Washing the windows myths. Ease of use.

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toolbox.com: Linux is only for geeks. Windows is easy to use. Linux is hard. You have to use the command line under Linux. You never need to use the console under windows. Windows is all point and click. You have to be a wiz at computers to be able to use Linux. Anybody can use windows.

6 things Microsoft needs to do before I’ll take Windows seriously

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linuxcritic.wordpress: I’m an IT guy in what is still largely a Windows world. While the Information Technology industry hasn’t caught up just yet, I like to consider myself a bit more forward looking than that. The way I see it, Windows isn’t ready for the enterprise yet.

Washing the windows myths. Device support.

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toolbox.com/blogs: There is a common mantra which windows advocates like to chant. The mantra goes like this, windows has better device support. This is simply a myth.

To Microsoft, Open Source means "Windows Encumbered"

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opensource.org: One of the most interesting things to happen in the past couple of years, is Microsoft's embrace of Open Source. This means different things to various people I've spoken with at Microsoft.

Microsoft turning into a toothless tiger?

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toolbox.com/blogs: Many moons ago, while the IT jungle was still fresh and green. There was a big blue king of the jungle. With a snarl here and a snarl there and everywhere a patent lawsuit this tiger ruled the pack for many, many years.

Frustrations of supporting Windows

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zdnet.co.uk/blogs: Being in the IT world, I'm frequently contacted by family members for help with their computers. And unfortunately, their computers are running Windows 2000/XP/Vista. Why is it unfortunate?

Microsoft is Committed to Open Source

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itnewstoday.com: If you know anything about Microsoft’s war against Open Source, you can imagine the irony when I seen the below image in the body of the email.

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Leftovers: OSS

  • Linksys Sees Value Open Source Market for WRT Wireless Routers
    The wireless router world remains safe for open source -- at least for users of certain Linksys Wi-Fi devices, which will still allow the installation of open source firmware like DD-WRT after new FCC rules take effect next week. Here's the back story: Last fall, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) introduced new regulations that required device manufacturers to ensure "that third parties are not able to reprogram the device to operate outside the parameters for which the device was certified." Those rules go into effect June 2.
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    In this Keynote, Luciano Resende, Architect, Spark Technology Center at IBM, will showcase Open source Analytic platforms. Luciano will also discuss how they are being leveraged by different organizations to upend their competition, as well as enable new use cases.
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