Recently helping with Windows 7 migrations, I've taken a look at "XP Mode" in Windows 7. It was hyped up by everybody as offering backwards compatibility in Windows 7.
The open source revolution
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.
Chris Clay Clay
I have been a systems administrator of both Windows and Linux systems for over 17 years, in educational institutions, enterprises, and consumer environments. 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. 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 about my adventures in both, and doing research about the two with their vast differences. Today I administer and consult for both Linux and Windows, but prefer Linux on systems that I personally use. I run Linux on the desktop and have migrated family and friends as well from Windows to Linux with astounding results. The blog documents my observations along the way.
I've had the opportunity to work with PowerShell recently, on Windows 7. And I have to admit, I'm impressed with some things, but disappointed with others.
Just last week the "Here you have" virus was spreading like wildfire. In the very early hours of Friday morning, I watched a Linux mail server get slammed with bogus emails coming from a huge array of IP addresses.
I have written in the past about the reliability and stability of Linux, and pointed out that it does not have to be rebooted unless there is a kernel upgrade being done. All other pieces of software can be upgraded on the fly.
I've posted a few articles on why using proprietary software can hurt or damage customers. Today, I ran into an experience with a software vendor who called regarding a software package that runs on Windows, that is used on about 40 Windows PCs, and explained that it will be out of upgrade support in 5 days.
A couple weeks ago, I posted an article where I've finally reached my limit of supporting Windows and decided to install Linux on a couple of relatives' PCs.I chose Fedora 13 and I am extremely happy that I did.
Recently I went on a week's vacation to "get away". When I got back, I had 3 Windows XP computers waiting to be fixed by a few family relatives.
One of the highly debated subjects with Windows and Linux is with device support. The two have different methods of how drivers are created and implemented into the operating system.
Proprietary software and hardware that keep secrets behind closed doors can cause a lot of headaches. Proprietary software in particular is purposely kept secret by the organization in control of it, in order to give themselves leverage and also to "protect" the software, in their opinion.
In the world of datacenters and servers, minimizing the downtime of the servers is crucial. Downtime can be very costly.
Take anybody that uses a computer, and one of the most common topics of discussion is the fact that the PC keeps slowing down over time. But take a look at the root cause of the slowdown and you may discover some interesting finds.
Dell updated its Europe site with a "Windows or Ubuntu?" page.
One of the huge advantages I have found over the years when working with Linux machines, is the ingenious design of the kernel itself. What is amazing about it, is that all device drivers are either compiled into the kernel itself, or provided as loadable modules.
Many people are still dragging their feet in moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. This includes both companies and home consumers.
Just today I had to help somebody that had an annoying popup from the "HP Software Update", which would pop up about every 2 hours on his Windows XP PC. In addition, he could not get the popups to go away because his account runs as a restricted user (he would see an error saying that it could not disable them because he's not an administrator), and he did not know what to do.