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Comment Xen is great on servers (not so much desktop) (Score 1) 105

If you want to run a ton of VMs on a server, Xen is great. It's fast and stable once you sort through the mess of getting a kernel that both supports your hardware and runs well as a Dom0 (the "host" machine).

And for the past year or two, most distros have shipped kernels which would boot just fine "out of the box" on Xen virtual machines.

It's what most "cloud" or VPS providers run (including Amazon, Rackspace, Slicehost, Linode, etc).

However, if you're running a desktop and want to virtualize, Xen is probably going to be a HUGE pain in the balls, with no real benefits. Just use KVM or VirtualBox.

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Red Hat Set To Surpass Sun In Market Capitalization 221

mytrip writes "In what may come to be seen as a deeply symbolic moment in the history of operating systems, Red Hat is on the verge of surpassing Sun Microsystems' market capitalization for the first time. Sun, perhaps unfairly, represents a fading Unix market. Red Hat, for its part, represents the rising Linux market. Given enough time for its open-source strategy to play out, Sun's market capitalization will likely recover and outpace Red Hat's."

Comment Apple would argue it was to ease user confusion... (Score 1) 150

MailWrangler didn't get banned for being "competitive," per se. It was because it "duplicated the functionality" of MobileMail. Ditto for Podcaster duplicating the iPod app.

The legitimate, user-positive argument Apple would likely make is they want the device to be easy to use and not confusing, such that there's no compelling reason to have a million different music players or Mail apps when theirs are great.

It's misleading to describe Apple's motivations as being anti-competive. Nobody knows that they're thinking. And they seem hellbent on not explaining themselves.

It is, of course, totally and completely stupid for Apple not to address these questions directly, be more clear about what will or won't be allowed, and to allow both MailWrangler and Podcaster on the store. It's just dumb, dumb, dumb.

Understanding is always the understanding of a smaller problem in relation to a bigger problem. -- P.D. Ouspensky