Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Posts Tagged / that other OS

  • Aug 28 / 2014
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Popularity (or lack of it) Of That Other OS on Servers

According to Netcraft, it’s been many years since M$’s OS was so unpopular on servers, like early on in the Age of the Web…

You have to wonder how a company with lots of salesmen, lock-in with OEMs, retailers/channels, $billions in off-shore banks and elsewhere, many thousands of programmers and advertising could be so unpopular. Yes, it’s the same company that was once 95% of OEM desktops and was prosecuted for illegal activity all over the globe. All other things being equal (?) the difference is choice. Someone with the technical savvy to put up a website or to run a webserver, has choice, knows he has choice and makes that choice for convenience, efficiency, reliability, performance or whatever. The consumers usually don’t know they have choice and OEMs and retailers are not helping them find that out. But consumers have choice. They can take a bug-ridden OS from M$ and visit or and fix the problem once and for all. Consumers can also buy a PC with GNU/Linux already installed or find a PC with no OS on which they can in stall GNU/Linux. It’s pretty easy and takes just 15 minutes to an hour or so depending on how slow your PC is. If any problem arises, one can find a solution in seconds using Google or visiting the website of the supplier. You can find many different kinds of GNU/Linux at where all the features are displayed. You can install GNU/Linux so it’s very similar to how XP used to work. BTW, that Android smartphone you love has Linux there underneath. You know that’s smooth and reliable. So is GNU/Linux on the desktop.

Advantages? Exactly the same as those folks with all the millions of servers running GNU/Linux and Apache web server:

  • lower licensing fees ($0, it doesn’t get any lower…),
  • reliability (less bloat/fluff, more substance),
  • software designed by techies for techies, not salesmen,
  • oh, and one last thing, permission to run any way you like on as many machines as you like, and you can examine, modify and distribute the software (Software Freedom).

Yes, Victoria, you can enjoy all that your PC can be just like the geeks on the web with their powerful servers.

  • Aug 20 / 2014
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Reports Of The Death Of GNU/Linux In Munich Are Greatly Exaggerated

Here and elsewhere we read that the mayor and M$ are drooling to pave over GNU/Linux with that other OS in Munich…“Suggestions the council has decided to back away from Linux are wrong, according to council spokesman Stefan Hauf.
He said the council’s recently elected mayor Dieter Reiter has instead simply commissioned a report into the future IT system for the council.”
Not so. The mayor is grumbling and has asked for a review of IT in general. That’s a normal part of the life-cycle of any IT-system or version of software. I did that at several of the schools where I worked and the decision to go to GNU/Linux occurred frequently. In GNU/Linux, a result could be to go to a later release of Debian, or to adopt LibreOffice 4.x or to go with thin clients almost everywhere…

Of course, the mayor might get a different result if he accepts voluntary labour from M$ or hires his nephew to do the research, but the council is wide awake and understands the issues, so I doubt there will be some coup in IT.

Further, I can’t see this mayor being reelected if he urges the city to spend ~$30million on returning to the fold of M$ rather than maintaining GNU/Linux for peanuts.

See Ditching Linux for Windows? The truth isn't that simple, says Munich.

  • Aug 18 / 2014
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M$ Craps On Their Own Servers. Why Trust Them With Your Computers?

It sickens me to hear the tripe spouted here all too often that, “You get what you pay for…”, “Starting at 18 Aug 2014 17:49 UTC, we are experiencing an interruption to Azure Services, may include Cloud Services, Virtual Machines Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, HDInsight, Mobile Services, StorSimple and possible other Azure Services in multiple regions.” “FLOSS can’t work…”, and “developers with stock options in M$ do better…”.

How can that be when M$ is constantly patching mistakes they made years ago designing their systems according to the whims of salesmen and despite $billions in vested, can’t keep their networks going anywhere close to what a couple of good servers can do with GNU/Linux? Then there are the constant stream of re-re-reboots, malware, bugs, slowing down and endless friction due to the restrictive EULA. It’s all so sad that people keep paying this monster straight out of a “B” horror-movie. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. It’s the right way to do IT.

See Microsoft Azure suffers Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP).

See also, The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

  • Aug 17 / 2014
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More, Happening Faster

NCIX just sent me an e-mail announcing a “back to school” special, new smartphones for $99.95…

Look at the features:

Model Features
Samsung Galaxy Note 3™
  • 5.7-inch Full HD Screen
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core processor
Samsung Galaxy S5™

  • 5.1-inch Full HD Screen
  • 16 megapixel camera
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • 5.5-inch Quad HD Display
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core processor

Bigger screens with more pixels mean more work for the OS but at ~2.5gHz, it’s taken care of. Oh, yes, Apple’s 5S was in there but it has a smaller screen, for the same price.

What this means in the bigger picture is that many consumers will have all they need in a personal computer in a tiny package for much less cost than a legacy PC even if M$ pays OEMs to install that other OS. We are there. Consumers have choice on retail shelves and M$ need not apply.

  • Aug 15 / 2014
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The Wintel Treadmill As Seen By Gartner

Gartner reflects on the long time taken by businesses to migrate away from XP. They recommend three alternative strategies to avoid these problems with “7″.

Strategy My take…
“Deploy Windows 8 on new PCs as they arrive, thereby phasing Windows 7 out over time as PCs are replaced — this may make sense for many organizations.” This assumes a treadmill model of PC-deployment, a constant stream of new ones replacing old ones. Why? There is no business case to replace anything in business periodically if it’s still working, not chairs, not tables and not PCs. The longevity of XP was partly due to the longevity of the PCs bearing that OS, nearly 8 years. If the OS breaks sooner, change it, not the PC.
“Skip Windows 8 and plan to deploy a future version of Windows (perhaps Windows Threshold or even a release after that) to replace Windows 7 — we believe most organizations will do this. With this strategy, many will not eliminate Windows 7 before support ends unless they budget extra funding to do so.” This is exactly what businesses did with XP. Where’s the recommendation to avoid XP-itis?
“Deploy Windows 8 on all PCs to eliminate Windows 7 — for most organizations, we see little value in doing this, and do not recommend it without a solid business case.” Exactly! This also means there’s no value in replacing “7″ with any future version. Conversely, one can replace XP or “7″ with GNU/Linux and be better off forever: less malware, fewer re-re-reboots, no Patch Tuesdays, no stream of cash for licensing, forever, etc.

No. The correct solution is to just get off the Wintel treadmill. That makes every move in IT make business-sense. Bolstering M$’s business at the expense of your own makes no sense.

See Plan Now to Avoid Windows XP Deja Vu With Windows 7.

  • Aug 11 / 2014
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M$ Has No Clothes

The story goes that a charlatan sold an emperor invisible clothes. It took a child to see that the emperor had no clothes…“up to 60 percent of PCs shipped in the emerging markets of Asia, says IDC research manager Handoko Andi, have no Windows operating system pre-installed – so-called ‘naked PCs’, which usually instead carry some free, open source operating system like Linux. That compares with about 25 percent in the region’s developed markets like Japan and Australia.” Any child knowing a bit of maths can tell that M$’s empire is in deep trouble. From the days when OEMs put M$’s desktop OS on 90% of PCs shipped, that share has fallen to 75% in much of the world and in a few places has fallen to 40%.

You see, people really do love small cheap computers and that other OS is just too expensive. Things have gotten so bad that M$ is paying OEMs to install “8″ on cheap PCs and smart thingies. That’s good, actually. That’s the only way M$ can compete on price/performance with FLOSS on */Linux. The biggest threat to M$’s domination of some markets is that OEMs, consumers and businesses will demand equal treatment… Why should that other OS cost more on bigger/more powerful/more expensive PCs? It shouldn’t. On the other hand, M$ is telling the world that it supplies the same OS on all devices… Chuckle. Do you pay more per kg when you buy bread in bigger loaves, detergent in bigger boxes, or fuel in bigger cars? Nope. That’s not how things should work in a free market.

See 'Naked PCs' lay bare Microsoft's emerging markets problem.

  • Aug 08 / 2014
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Oh No! M$ Acts Like It Has A Monopoly On Smartphone OS…

The train wreck that is M$ as a supplier of client device operating system caused yet another jolt today.“We are permanently retiring all Skype apps for Windows Phone 7. As a result, within the next few weeks, you’ll no longer be able to sign in and use Skype on any Windows Phone 7 device” With users locked in to their OS, M$ was able to lead millions into slavery on the Wintel treadmill grinding $billions for M$ coffers. Today is a new day, though. M$ no longer has a monopoly on anything. Outraged users can flee to Android/Linux smartphones or just about any other brand of smartphone and escape the trap M$ has set. Expect to see M$’s share of the smartphone universe plunge. It’s already in last placePenfield, you were right.

See Win Phone 7 users aghast Microsoft axed Skype for their phones.

  • Aug 06 / 2014
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China Seems Headed For Government-Approved FLOSS

Hmmm… After banning “8″ the government of China is going after Apple’s stuff.“the list of banned Apple products include the iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and half a dozen other items, all of which were left off of a final government procurement list distributed in July” While I agree with this move (software patents, backdoors, etc.) it’s a bit strange to have any government ban software or products containing them. Most governments let the markets decide. With non-Free software, that doesn’t work very well, but it is surprising that the government most enamoured of that other OS would make such a public change of course. Why didn’t they do this a decade ago? I guess it takes a couple of five-year plans to figure this stuff out. It’s still a puzzle why something that is a threat to national security is only a threat to national security on the government’s computers…

Better late than never.

See China Issues Ban On iPad, MacBook Pro, And Other Apple Products For Government Use.

  • Aug 04 / 2014
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Yet Another Reason To Avoid The NFL

If criminal connections, spousal abuse, injuries to brains, and a dreadfully low duty-cycle haven’t already put you off watching NFL games, “The Official Tablet and PC Operating System of the NFL.” now they’ve formed a league with the devil, M$. Oh, the horror…

The official word is that collusion with M$ is about bringing better technology to the game and better experiences to viewers, but this is really about infecting yet another generation of humanity with M$’s “mindshare”. Thank Goodness this is mostly a USAian phenomenon. The USA can continue to sink into irrelvance while drinking wine and watching circus-games.

See Microsoft and National Football League announce multiyear landmark partnership to enhance the game for fans, players and coaches.

  • Aug 04 / 2014
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Citizens of UK, Rejoice!

When a monopolist loses one of the major components of its lockin and complains about it,“Microsoft believes it is unproven and unclear how UK citizens will benefit from the government’s decision.” we should all celebrate. After UK decided to standardize on ODF, it is a fact that UK taxpayers will save a bundle:

  • Software licences for LibreOffice are $0, and $0 multiplied by a huge number of UK government PCs comes to $0 instead of hundreds of $millions for that other OS and its office suite. That saving is forever, too, whereas M$ wanted UK to pay them repeatedly for the privilege of producing documents on their PCs.
  • Removing the major lockin of the office suite opens the door to removing M$’s OS, too. More $millions potentially saved, just like Munich and many other large organizations.
  • Having one standard instead of two is a huge savings in itself: fewer links on web-pages, fewer versions of files and the cost of indexing/storing those copies.
  • Besides saving the taxpayers taxes, the move enables the taxpayers themselves to produce/receive documents to/from the government at less cost. Taxpayers can use LibreOffice too.

I hope that’s clear enough and that the maths is solid. So, the move by the government of UK is a win/win/win/win situation however you look at it, unless you are M$ or a “partner”. The rest of us should rejoice too because the whole world is watching and taxpayers everywhere will ultimately benefit as M$’s empire shrinks and Freedom reigns.

See 'Guess what: If you use the internet, you’re the subject of experiments'.

  • Aug 02 / 2014
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That Other OS On Servers Is A Pain In The Butt

While GNU/Linux is great on desktops, it’s amazing on servers. Faced with the burdens of that other OS and its needless complexity lock-in “Users attempting to migrate from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2 are experiencing a rather difficult obstacle in their migration attempts. Microsoft has acknowledged a bug in which Kerberos authentication stops functioning in situations where Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controllers are serving the same domain, leaving administrators unable to log in.” businesses should consider the demise of “2003″ as another opportunity to migrate to FLOSS, particularly GNU/Linux.

With GNU/Linux, you can run, examine, modify and distribute the software so you are never locked in the way M$ does. Often, migration to the next release is just a command away thanks to intelligent package management. You see, GNU/Linux operating systems are the sum of their parts. You can change one part or all at your convenience and it all keeps working. Breakage like users of that other OS experience every release just doesn’t happen because the OS is not out to get you but to provide you service.

In schools where I worked, most often we used XP alone or with “2003″. “2003″ was no help at all. It made inexplicable pauses during authentication. It crashed when I logged in remotely. Sometimes I had to go to the server room just to reboot it. It had negative value compared to GNU/Linux. One place that used it for printing had the most unreliable printing I have ever seen. Compare that to my experience with GNU/Linux where I would install the stuff and it just kept humming forever. The logic of “we must run XP because that’s what everyone else runs”–>”we must run “2003″ because XP won’t run well without it” escapes me. You don’t need M$ on desktop nor server.

See Clock ticking on Windows Server 2003 extended support timeline.

  • Aug 01 / 2014
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Netcraft’s Understatement Of The Month

Netcraft dug a little deeper this month to explain why M$’s IIS gets so many hostnames. It’s not anything to do with price/performance, but Chinese use of that other OS…“The IIS market share growth in hostnames has not been reflected in our other metrics…In just over a year IIS has gained over 236 million hostnames (+172%) while only gaining 503k active sites (+2%). The number of web-facing computers running IIS websites has increased by just over 30k (+2%), compared to Apache’s 171k growth (+8%), and nginx’s 159k growth (+53%), resulting in a 2.4 percentage point loss in market share for IIS by this metric. “ Well, easy come easy go. The Chinese will eventually police their licences and switch to GNU/Linux for price/performance. That should set things straight. M$ runs only 12% of active sites, like mine. Apache gets 51%, Nginx 15% and Google 8%.

See Web Server Survey.