Monthly Archives: October 2010

LOTD: GNU/Linux On The Desktop

Brendan Scott also noted assumptions about GNU/Linux never having a place on the desktop by some. I differ with him in that I think it has already happened that GNU/Linux is widely accepted on the desktop but he thinks it … Continue reading

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Facade

I was thinking just this morning how absurd it is that the world of IT, to a large extent, accepts M$ as the font of all knowledge in IT. That is an absurdity. Locutus had the same idea recently. Why … Continue reading

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Lock-in Is Double-edged Sword

M$ made IE6 to be “different” so that their customers would not want to stray to other browsers and other operating systems. While in the short term that worked and propped up market share it is now working against M$ … Continue reading

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POOF! Go Oracle’s Claims Against Android

Last summer, Oracle sued Google vaguely about infringement of copyright and patents in Java by Google. Google took its time but eventually replied to the court that Oracle’s claims were vague and not worthy of their time. Oracle promptly replied … Continue reading

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Storm Clouds

Google is in an embarrassing situation. Their Google Docs service is broken. Folks with multiple accounts are having problems connecting. They get into redirect-loops. It’s good to see Google are human and make mistakes. That will keep them honest… Normally … Continue reading

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Serious Threat of Malware on GNU/Linux

It had to happen sooner or later. The write-once-run-everywhere platform, Java, is being used to install malware on GNU/Linux, MacOS and that other OS all at the same time. see http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2010/10/28/cross-platform-worm-targets-facebook-users/ Time to ban Facebook.com and install DansGuardian+clamav on the … Continue reading

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ASUS Coming Back to GNU/Linux

ASUS has announced the release of new tablet PCs for Christmas and 1Q 2011. One of the models will be 9 inch with ARM and Android. Competition is back at ASUS. “As for the 9-inch models, Asustek will have one … Continue reading

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11%

11% is what IDC says the growth in global PC shipments was in Q3 from 2009 to 2010 and that’s about what M$’s increase in revenue for that other OS on clients was. That’s not very exciting for the monopoly … Continue reading

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Push Comes to Shove in Russian Educational IT

A school leader was pushed out after objecting to students being forced to use that other OS instead of the government-mandated GNU/Linux. His complaint was referred to his employer who applied pressure. It sounds like one hand does not know … Continue reading

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M$’s Reluctant Customers

There’s news from KACE that M$’s customers are clinging tenaciously to XP with many even planning to stick with XP after 2014… That’s deadly for a monopoly that relies on businesses staying on the Wintel treadmill. The message is clear. … Continue reading

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The Android Phenomenon

Here’s a tidy outline of the time-line. This shows what GNU/Linux can do with promotion and little or no anti-competitive acts from Wintel (except for a few fizzling lawsuits). GNU/Linux works and it works on everything from ARM to HPC. … Continue reading

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Selling What the Consumer Wants

iSuppli reports that China had a “disappointing” back to school season. Their conclusion is that people are sticking with their old equipment longer. My conclusion is that that is true. Consumers have seen “7” and it offers little that their … Continue reading

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