Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Daily Archives / Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Dec 04 / 2012
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technology

“8″ Kills Sales of PCs

“retail PC sales were down 26 per cent year on year during four weeks after the arrival of Microsoft’s new operating system

see Windows 8 fails to revive world CPU biz • The Register.

Not only did “8″ fail to revive global x86 CPU business, it killed it. People just are not interested despite the ads, extra stores and M$’s “brand”. The reason is that consumers have lots of better choices: Android/Linux smart phones, ARMed smart thingies and when the consumers buys two or three of those gadgets, the consumer has not much need of a fire-breating ATX box or a clumsy notebook. Competing on price/performance is something M$ has not had to do in a long time. Welcome to 2012. 2013 should be even better.

  • Dec 04 / 2012
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Linus Mellows In His Old Age…

“And because I’m dragging it out for another week, I’m going to be *very* bitter if anybody sends me pull requests this late in the game that aren’t for major issues. If you send me small irrelevant stuff that doesn’t fix major issues (oopses, security, things like that), I’m going to curse at you and ignore your pull request. So don’t do it.

The only things I want to see are fixes that people care deeply about. If it’s not critical, or you don’t have an actual problem report from an actual user, just put it in the queue under the christmas tree, and let it got for 3.8.

(Ok, while writing this I got another pull request that made me go "We don’t really need this". I’ll pull that, because technically it came in before I’d given people this warning, but …)
Linus”

see LKML: Linus Torvalds: Linux 3.7-rc8.

So Linux 3.7 is almost ready and I just built 3.6.9…

  • Dec 04 / 2012
  • 3
technology

M$’s Products and Stores Are A Crashing Bore

“There are eight – EIGHT – sales reps in a very small space.  When I get there I am the only customer.  Note it is 7pm on a Wednesday night and the place is bustling with holiday shoppers and tourists.  I am the only person at their ”store.””

see Evan Buys A Microsoft Surface.

Even more than a decade later, the reason I migrated to GNU/Linux is still valid. People don’t want M$’s products and their “service” sucks. People want freedom not slavery.

I suggest all freedom-loving people use Debian GNU/Linux, the OS that works.