the Unix community thinksa machine with two CPUs should do twice as much work as a machine with only one, but Windows people expect it to go twice as fast
Linux and Open Source
The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
Paula Rooney is a Boston-based writer who has followed the tech industry for more than two decades.
NetBeans 4.1 has been released for download, under the Sun Public License, and Netbeans director Tim Cramer says cellular application developers are finally hearing its call.
Look at history from 1980 forward and what you see since is that the Wintel consortium evolved around the IBM PC to give us about 24 years of predictable change in which the dominant architecture became ever faster, but didn't really change in character. Look ahead, and you see all that changing: in effect it's 1979 all over again with two big competitors getting ready to duke it out and the current market leader, now Intel instead of Zilog, effectively sidelined for the duration.
When a politician wants to send a signal to a rival they can do it by "privately" meeting with an opponent in a way they're certain will become public. Thus Microsoft's flirtation with Red Hat is really aimed at sending a message to IBM.
From Red Hat's perspective this could be a marriage made in heaven -- offering both a defense againstthe two greatest strategic threats it faces and a graceful way for key players to foldtheir tents and steal away into the night.
CNET reported last week that Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met for lunch in New York. That's something like Michael Moore and Rush Limbaugh chowing down together -- you just wouldn't expect it to happen.
Open source will need a much bigger market share before the open source process can fill fast-changing niches faster than proprietary solutions.
One of the fastest-growing markets for open source in the world is Africa. (The satellite image is originally from NASA.
Security may be one of the biggest challenges facing the open source enterprise.When I say enterprise, of course, I mean enterprise -- hundreds of servers, thousands of desktops, and truly heterogenous environments.
Just in the nick of time, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has shot down the Federal Communications Commission's over-reaching efforts to require hardware to honor the "broadcast flag.