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Journal Journal: Website

New website is up at the same old address...blog/journal is now there so this journal will be left un-used.
Microsoft

Journal Journal: YARMAB (Yet Another Reason Monopolies Are Bad)

We saw on a white-paper released by microsoft yesterday that they admitted to having security problems, while this is obviously a good thing they are at least admitting it, it is just another example of why monopolies hurt progress. Microsoft can quite honestly say whatever they want (within reason), and it not make a significant dent in their sales, because no one else is standing up and competing with them on an eye to eye level. Maybe they really are making "great strides" in security, maybe they're blowing smoke, the only people who really know are the hackers. Thats the scary poing to me, that Microsoft would admit, that for a while (even if its not the case now) their source code was insecure, in other words it was only available to the black hats, yet tommorow there won't be a rush to the store...microsoft will still dominate as leading OS in server and desktop products. There won't really even be an uproar, linux zealots will say see I told you so again, mac zealots will laugh and maybe come up with some new PC joke, maybe some Unix Sysadmins will read it and be slightly less likely to change to windows in the near future, few consumers will ever see it but those who do will kind of skim through it and go on deleting it as if it where spam. But in the end it doesn't really matter, Microsoft is a monopoly, they don't have to put out a better product, or a more secure one, they just have to keep up some PR, and continue to feed crap down the lines of millions of people. Just status-quo for the IT world I guess.
Linux

Journal Journal: Direction?

I wrote a comment about an upcoming schism in Linux a few days ago, and I havn't been able to shake the thought since. While I was making perhaps a slight hyperbole in calling it a "great schism" I do feel there is a lack of unity in the idea of what should be called progress in the development of linux. As I stated in the comment, we do see things like RedHat pulling their free version (all except for some limited one I've never heard of), and SuSe being bought out by Novell which raises questions about the future of its free ISO image downloads. On the other side a little while back we saw an interview with Linus Torvalds where he emphasized that the desktop and end user is where Linux is heading. While its quite possible for linux to spread to the desktop through commercial distro's, why would some average joe Windows user get linux if Windows came "free" (it seems people don't have any idea that they pay for it within the cost of their PC.) Linux, tobe quite honestly fighting to be able to get up to speed with some of the features Windows has on the desktop. But even when (notice a when not an "if and when") Linux surpasses Windows in abilities and perhaps user-friendliness or ease of use, few people are going to pay $20-$40 cause some geek told them that the OS on their system is obsolete. The Best advantage Linux has over windows has right now is that it is Free, and is better than software costing hundreds of dollars. The power comes from its roots, in open source, free software. Windows was meant to sell, Linux was meant to perform, and we need to make the distinction otherwise where is the real difference?

Related:
Linus's Interview
Novell's announcement to aquire SuSe

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