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Windows 8 showdown: Face-off on whether Windows still matters

Windows 8 is coming this year, Windows 8 Consumer Preview will be out later this month, and the burning question is: does anybody care? ZDNet editor and long-time Linux proponent Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols claims Windows 8 will be DOA. Meanwhile, ZDNet Government and DIY-IT editor David Gewirtz (who claims all operating systems annoy him to one degree or another), claims Windows 8 is here to stay, that it matters for "real work," and so will Windows 9. In this video, originally presented as a live webcast on Feburary 15, 2012, here two opposing views on whether Windows is still relevant in a world where iPads, Android devices, and even Linux are grabbing more and more consumer attention:Discover why SJVN (as he's known to the blog-o-sphere) claims that the new Windows Metro user-interface is already stillborn and why Windows is just no longer relevant.Explore why Gewirtz (who recently vowed to move his servers back to Windows, with mixed technical results, and thousands of crazed ZDNet comments), claims that Windows is here to stay, new Microsoft UIs are often imperfect at first, and the Microsoft juggernaut will not be defeated.Learn about why the Post-PC era isn't really here yet and why most productive people can't really survive without a desktop PC or laptop.If you use computers in your business, Windows will be a factor. Don't miss this video featuring CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz, one of America's leading cyberdefense experts, and ZDNet Contributing Editor Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, one of America's most-read technology journalists.Bring popcorn. Three ugly, middle-aged men argue about operating systems. It just doesn't get any better than this! Sparks will fly and there will be fireworks

February 29, 2012 by

Canonical defends its shift to Unity

Ubuntu-backer Canonical has defended its contentious move to the Unity desktop, arguing that the open-source Linux community needs to make design more of a priority."You can't please everybody, but I think it's really important we stood up and did [Unity] and led that charge," Jane Silber, Canonical's chief executive, said on Tuesday.

February 22, 2012 by

Tas education dept seeks Mac antivirus

Tasmania's Department of Education has gone to market for antivirus software for its 40,000 desktop PCs and 1000 servers, specifying that solutions must be able to secure not only Microsoft Windows, but also Mac OS X and Linux, in a move that has once again raised the question of to what degree the alternative platforms require dedicated security software.

May 1, 2011 by

Keeping things simple: the Linux kernel

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.

July 16, 2010 by

Linux and the channel

By handing the design job off to variations on a Linux distro -- LiMo, QT, Android -- carriers get flexibility with no loss of control. It's still true that nothing gets on their network without approval, but in their world Microsoft becomes just another OEM, like Apple for AT&T.

May 18, 2009 by

Reiser FS: The open source file system fallout

Yesterday, the Open Source community took an emotional hit when veteran Linux programmer Hans Reiser was convicted of first degree murder in the suspicious disappearing of his wife, Nina. While I won't go into the details of the case, as this has been covered extensively in the press, I would like to talk a little bit about how this verdict will impact the technology in play for file system dominance in our favorite Open Source operating system, Linux.

April 29, 2008 by

The best of both worlds (or, at least, both worlds)

In my ongoing effort to design a testbed for my teachers to examine OS X, Windows Vista, and Ubuntu before I start spending money in July, I fired up Boot Camp on my MacBook.  Boot Camp is a utility built into OS X much like the GNU Partition Editor (gparted) in Linux that allows users to create and resize partitions on the fly to facilitate dual-boot options.

February 21, 2008 by

More madness from north of the border

What IS going on in Scotland? According to the Sunday Herald, the Scottish Qualifications Authority -- which sets the curricula for non-degree further education -- is seriously considering making intelligent design taught on a par with evolutionary science.

June 19, 2007 by

Mainsoft gives latest .NET developers a means to deploy widely without knowing Java

Mainsoft is offering a pragmatic approach to gaining a wide choice of deployment environments, including C/C++. The approach helps open C# developers to Java, and vice versa. It extends the utility of Visual Studio. And if provides flexibility in both runtime and design time. There's a portals-specific benefit too in that developers can attach back to portals in many environments: mainframes, Unix, Linux, and Windows.

June 6, 2007 by

MugYourSelf?

Equally hilarious in the mouth meets foot category were Torvald's comments as reported by information week in which he first asserts that all the fundamental OS design work was done well before both Linux and Windows, and then contradicts his own logic by asserting that any Microsoft patents revealed by Microsoft could be worked around in the code.

May 23, 2007 by

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