Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Daily Archives / Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • Nov 28 / 2012
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Run-up to Debian GNU/Linux Wheezy

I saw the fourth beta of Debian’s new installer was available so I gave it a spin. There are some new things:

  • a lot of languages,
  • speech (lines are numbered and a blind person can type the number to make a choice),
  • multi-arch installation CD is very cool, and
  • it beats the Hell out of installing the previous version and apt-get dist-upgrading…

I didn’t run into any problems except my own clumsy typing… It seems nearly ready.
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  • Nov 28 / 2012
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Microsoft – Thief of IT

“Microsoft will make businesses pay 15% more for licenses that let workers access servers from as many devices as they want, which – depending on how workers do their jobs – may still be cheaper than the alternative.”

see Microsoft jacks up client license fees, but they may still be a good deal.

If some brute stood on the sidewalk and demanded $5 to pass, would that ever be a good deal? Nope. Not even in an emergency. The brute would just slow you down. If the guy charges $5 to go on the left side while he charges $7 to go on the right side, he’s not offering any savings. Call the police to arrest the guy. If M$ charges you any amount of money to access any number of devices (taxing your own LAN!) it’s never a good deal. Stop using M$’s stuff. The EULA on the client OS licence limits you to 15 devices, for pity’s sake. Don’t accept that. Don’t pay M$ to get around an obstacle M$ created.

Use Debian GNU/Linux. You can download it from here. The price is always the same, $0, and you can connect together as many devices as you want. You can turn your PC into a server or database, too, at no extra charge. In addition you can examine, modify, run and distribute the code.