Please, everyone settle down. I am not starting a flame thread here but I would like you to read these ten reasons why Linux will stomp over Windows’s head. TechRepublic writes:
I have an announcement. The error of Microsoft’s ways is finally catching up and will cause the once-invincible juggernaut to kneel before that which is Linux. How is this? Microsoft started a tiny snowball when it released Windows Me. That snowball did nothing but gain momentum. There have been ups and downs along the way (XP being an up, for sure). But for the most part, the court of public opinion has steady lost faith in what once was considered the heart of personal computing.
If you don’t believe me, read on.
1. Inconsistent Windows releases
One of the things you can always count on from Microsoft is that you can’t count on its new operating systems to be reliable. Let’s take a look at the individual releases:
* Windows 95: Revolutionized personal computing.
* Windows 98: Attempted to improve on Windows 95; failed miserably.
* Windows Me: A joke, plain and simple.
* Windows NT: Attempted to bring enterprise-level seriousness to the operating system; would have succeeded had it not taken Steven Hawking-like intelligence to get it working.
* Windows XP: Brought life back to the failing Windows operating system. It hadn’t been since Windows 95 that the operating system was this simple.
* Windows Vista: See Windows Me.
With this in mind, what do we expect from Windows 7? Myself, not much.
2. Consistent Linux releases
Converse to number 1, you have the far more consistent releases of the various Linux distributions. Yes, there have been a few dips along the way (Fedora 9 being one of them). But for the most part, the climb for Linux has been steadily upward. Nearly every Linux distribution has improved with age. And this improvement isn’t limited to the kernel. Look at how desktops, end-user software, servers, security, admin tools, etc., have all improved over time. Once could easily argue that KDE 4 is an example of a sharp decrease in improvement. However, if you look at how quickly KDE 4 has improved from 4.0 to 4.3 you can see nothing but gains. This holds true with applications and systems across the board with Linux.
Inforworld.com has an article that states that Microsoft might give priority to American employees rather than those who are working on visas.
The H-1B visa allows non-Americans to work in the U.S for a limited time, and now that Microsoft was told that it has “moral obligations”, it might come to a point where visa-holders may have higher chances of getting laid off. Although visa holders and U.S. citizens are required by law to be treated equally, the “moral obligations” part might be considered in the selection process.
Those who were unfortunate to be included in the layoff process will have to leave the country if no other job opportunity is present, according to H-1B visa law. However, the visa can be converted to a visitor’s visa, as long as the holder can provide proof that they have sufficient funds to continue their stay. Those who returned to their countries may come back to the U.S. under H-1B visa if a job opportunity is present and the visa is still valid.
Windows 7 is getting quite a lot of stirs nowadays. But I am a bit skeptical how Windows 7 is going to be any different from its predecessor Windows Vista. What I want to know is its security features and features that are usable for IT administrators. Actually, when it comes to Windows, I am still biased on its security features. My rule of the thumb for Windows OS’es is “wait for SP2 before buying and installing”. I am still using Windows XP in my computer at home but my Ubuntu still kicks XP’s butt, IMO. But that’s just me.
Anyway, maybe this video will help you get excited for Windows 7.
Enjoy this movie on yet again another Vista vs Mac vs Linux comparison. Enjoy
Choosing notebooks is becoming difficult to do because of so many choices and options to weigh. And if choosing hardware is not hard enough, notebook manufacturers bundle their products with softwares that are usually junk or something that you do not need.
One very common example is Windows Vista OS. Vista comes with every notebook, or computer for that matter, and buyers usually have to pay for it even if they do not want it. Some prefer to downgrade to Windows XP while some just have no other choice but to purchase the OS license only to wipe it off from their notebooks and replace it with Linux.
As a consumer, we have the right to choose which products we want to buy. And in some cases, notebook manufacturers do not seem to give buyers to choose if they want to buy OS or not. That really sucks because Vista OS licenses can cost at least $100, and customers are only paying for the license, therefore do not own the software. Why would you want to pay for something that you do not, and will never, own?
Fortunately, there are some people who actually read the End User License Agreement or EULA of Windows licenses and use it to their own advantage. Take for example uncle_benji, the author of equiliberate.org, who bought an HP notebook bundled with Vista. He chose to waive his purchase of Windows Vista license in favor of using Linux, and got his money back, almost the same amount of the retail price of Vista.
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