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February 22, 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.

July 16, 2010 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.

May 18, 2009 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.

February 21, 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.

June 6, 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.

May 23, 2007 by


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.


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