I'm posting this from Konqueror on Linux as god intended and all that; but http://windows.kde.org/ [kde.org] is the place to look if you want Konqueror goodness on Windows.
Technical limitations, M$'s long history of technical sabotage and the eminent collapse of M$ and Windows market share makes Windows ports a huge waste of effort. Privacy and security on Windows is impossible because the system is rooted by design and you a little more than a renter of a system you can never own. KDE could provide improved performance but M$ sabotage will eliminate that, the same way iTunes, AV and other popular software are routinely broken under Vista. Finally, Vista has failed and Windows market share is already starting to slip. What's the point of porting to eight year old XP, a failed Vista or an expensive and soon to fail Windows 7? It's time to tell your friends that software goodness is best found in the free software world.
Microsoft has instituted a hiring freeze, likely spurred by the worsening economic conditions in the U.S., according to a source close to the company.
... On Friday, the software giant started sending a note to employees informing them of the decision, according to an employee who saw the letter but asked not to be named.
The denial story shows that the original email was genuine and has more details:
On Friday, some employees received a note saying that the company was re-evaluating open headcount and wouldn't be adding new headcount.
But Gellos [M$ spokesweasel] said the company intends to continue hiring new workers. "This year we expect lots of growth and that we will hire lots of people," he said. "I think the nuance is in the fact that in light of the economy it's important that we do the prudent thing and evaluate projects that we're working on."
It is important not to blame this move on the economic climate alone. Healthy companies will prosper and grow in the adversity, especially as M$ loses their ability to interfere. Companies that don't have anything people want to buy will sink into debt and fail.
Anyone think this will hurt Steve Ballmer's chances for a $20,000,000 bonus?"
The easiest way to figure the cost of living is to take your income and add ten percent.