It's not very frequent that I compliment Microsoft software, but in this case there is a reason to do so. In setting up a print server for Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 using the new Print Management console, I can see that Microsoft finally got things right with print services.
The open source revolution
My thoughts on why businesses and individuals need to start thinking about switching away from proprietary (and high maintenance) software like Windows, and look at open source and free software instead like GNU/Linux. All articles are based on real world and everyday experiences with Windows and GNU/Linux, for both business and personal use.
I have been a systems administrator of both Windows and Linux systems for over 15 years, in a wide variety of environments ranging from educational institutions to large enterprises. Throughout the years running Linux and Windows side by side, I have seen Linux countless times surpass Windows in performance, reliability, cost savings, and more recently user experience. In 2008 I successfully migrated all of my personal machines from Windows XP to Fedora Linux after seeing Linux succeed for many years for businesses, and have worked with family and friends to help them migrate as well. The experience has been astounding. The power of Linux and open source software is one that cannot be ignored by businesses or individuals, and has been making waves in the world of proprietary software and Microsoft. From multiple frustrations of using Microsoft products and seeing open source products excel over them, I have drawn an interest in writing more and doing research about the two and their vast differences.
It has come up many times, that the users of software products have the most influence over how these greedy and gigantic companies operate. Why?
I dug up some notes from my own archives, and decided to post information on setting up a network bandwidth emulator with Linux. And what would anybody want to use this for?
Recently during a verbal conversation I was asked what can be done about helping a Windows 7 computer that is slowing down to a crawl. At the time the computer in question wasn't around so I mentioned to download, install, and run Malwarebytes to check for any potential spyware/malware on the system.
I've posted about various issues using drivers in Windows before. About a week ago I came across another issue that so far I have never seen, and it's a stubborn one.
Recently while troubleshooting an issue on a Windows 7 PC, I noticed a number of events in the Application Log labelled "Defrag". Sparking my curiosity, I looked further and discovered that there was approximately one entry per day in the log.
One of the most useful support tools for Windows XP that we've used over the years, is the ability to run Windows Explorer as an administrator account, while having a restricted user logged in. This allows an administrator to perform Explorer-related tasks while leaving the end user logged in.
In Fedora Linux 14, the default photo manager and digital camera application is Shotwell. I tried using it, I really tried, but I ended up giving up because it was not easy to use in my opinion.
Recently, we've been seeing a noticeable increase with Windows 7 and "repair mode" which is launched automatically at boot time. During this latest increase, Windows 7 will launch the automatic repair, which when the user attempts to allow it to repair, ends up failing and results in a boot loop where the repair mode comes up and Windows cannot boot into the regular shell any longer.
I usually write about various issues in Windows, because there are so many and so frequent. Hardly do I run across major issues with Linux.