Articles about Operating Systems
Solid State Drives - SSDs - are a product of convenience, not good architecture. Storage systems need to be re-architected to achieve the highest performance of NAND flash and, soon, byte-addressable non-volatile memory. Here's an example.
The split development paths of Ubuntu desktop and the converged Ubuntu Desktop Next mean that, so far, Ubuntu 15.04 for the desktop looks underwhelming. Meanwhile, the first Ubuntu smartphone, the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, goes on sale.
UPDATED: According to a report by security firm GFI, Apple's Mac OS X is the most vulnerable operating system, with the iOS platform coming in second. A debate over reporting nuances and merits of the report quickly followed.
A new Raspbian release, a sales milestone reached, and the Raspberry Pi is on its way to the International Space Station.
I've been working with the new Raspberry Pi 2 for a few days now. Here are some of my impressions, opinions, and thoughts about it.
With the end of support for Windows Server 2003 just five months away, what options should companies still using the 12-year-old operating system be considering?
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Google has quietly released Android 5.1 "Lollipop," which means that updates will be winging their way to Nexus owners soon. Everyone else, well, don't hold your breath.
I'm trying out the new RaspberryPi NOOBS 1.3.12 software release - and itching to get my hands on the new RaspberryPi 2 hardware that I just ordered!
Following a series of product releases featuring the Tizen operating platform, Samsung has announced its first Android-powered printer range.
When openSuSE 13.2 was released, Tumbleweed got promoted to the official openSuSe rolling release distribution, and Factory returned to being the unstable development codebase.
After just a few days of using Manjaro Linux, here is a list of my favorite features so far.
It looks like Apple has a serious problem when it comes to software quality, and it is something that the company needs to address if it wants to avoid a backlash.
Manjaro is an increasingly popular Arch Linux derivative. I decided to try it, and I got a very nice UEFI surprise!
All those new Smart and 4K TVs you're seeing at CES? Almost all of them have Linux in one form or the other powering them up.
A new release and a new desktop for this distribution. Here's a summary of my experiences with it so far.
On the first day of each month, two widely quoted analytics companies publish detailed charts purporting to account for worldwide browser and operating system usage. In recent months, their numbers have been comically erratic. Is it time to retire these inaccurate reports?
Want access to your desktop PC when away from your desk? Fear not, here are a handful of apps to help keep you work like you're in the office when you're actually away somewhere else.
The next version of Windows Server is at an early stage of development, but some of the new functionality for orchestrating virtualised compute, storage and networking resources on commodity hardware is available for early adopters to test. Here's how it's shaping up.
Yes, it's Halloween of 2014, and we're here to revisit the technologies that are so frightening, they'll make you evacuate from multiple "interfaces".
Although it's still early days, Windows 10 offers a number of interface changes aimed at enhancing usability for business users.
There is a world of operating systems beyond Android and iOS. Will any of them lock down third place? Can any of them give Google or Apple a run for the top spots?
Here is a tour of the highlights of the WWDC 2014 keynote, and what these highlights mean to both Apple and the wider industry.
Six simple - but effective - tricks that will help boost your OS X productivity.
I come not to praise these programs, but to bury them. And, boy, from the smell of some of these -- they really need to be buried!
My first look at this wonderful Debian Testing/Unstable (Jessie/Sid) derivative reminds me of how much fun there can be in Linux.
This is the distribution that is touted as the "easiest" transition from Windows to Linux, so how does it stack up?
It's not scheduled to arrive for just a little more than a year from now but here are early details about what to expect with Microsoft's next big Windows release.
Hands-on comparison of Debian GUN/Linux and three first- and second-generation derivatives.
Exploring this Debian GNU/Linux derivative that is tightly focused on security analysis and penetration testing - and it comes with a mind-boggling array of utilities for that pupose.
A screen-shot walk-through of the excellent Fedora Linux 20 installer - and why I love it.
I've been exploring Fedora Heisenbug in five different guises - Gnome 3, KDE, Xfce, LXDE and MATE
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
At CES in Las Vegas, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest talks to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about what to expect from the software giant in 2012. Ballmer previews the new Windows phone OS, Windows 8's metro UI and new Xbox Kinect features.
At CES in Las Vegas, Intel's Mooly Eden updates the company's "ultrabook" efforts, including a concept transparent touch screen on the back side, coupled with the Windows 8 Metro user interface.
At a Churchill Club event in San Jose, Calif., former PARC engineer Larry Tesler talks about Steve Jobs' trips to Xerox's PARC, including the one where Jobs eyed the company's graphical user interface prototype, which ended up making it into the Mac OS. Tesler decided to leave Xerox soon after and started working at Apple.
At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks about why users should buy a Windows phone rather than an Android device: "You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use and Android phone."
A pivotal moment in Apple's history, CEO Steve Jobs announces iTunes for Windows on October 16, 2003. Jobs stated at the time, "It's probably the best Windows app ever written." The release was also considered a good strategic move by Apple because, for the first time, Windows users could buy music from Apple's online store, giving them a feel for the Apple user experience.
From secure containers to Docker support, to abstracted networking and storage, the most interesting features in the next version of Windows Server will come next year with a later preview and System Center beta.
The technical preview of Windows 10 is heavy on tools for the power desktop user that businesses will want to evaluate, but the most important features will be visible later in the preview cycle.
Despite optimistic 2011 predictions of a fully converged cross-platform OS running Mir and UnityNext (8) by 2014, Ubuntu 14.10 is set to retain X Windows and Unity 7. Based on this beta, it seems there will be no big changes in 14.10, although upgrading is always worthwhile.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was to be the first converged desktop/tablet/smartphone release. However, it's shaping up to be more of a typical Long Term Support release, with the emphasis on solid and stable, rather than radical changes.
With the Mir display server failing to make the cut, Ubuntu 13.10, rather than being a stepping-stone on the way to form-factor convergence with 14.04, seems more like an obligatory release.
Hot on the heels of Fedora 19 comes this everything-including-the-kitchen-sink derivative.
Some of the features that were to be included in Ubuntu 13.04 have been shelved in favour of presenting a polished and solid release, with most of the improvements residing behind the scenes. As a result, Raring Ringtail may seem a bit of a disappointment.
Windows 8 is OUT on my next-generation Pavilion dm1, and Linux — in the shape of Fedora 18, openSuSE 12.3, Mint 14 and Ubuntu 12.10 — is IN.
Ubuntu 12.10 contains more controversial changes than expected. If you can live with or work around those changes, it remains a powerful and useful desktop Linux operating system.
Microsoft is looking ahead to a future of private and public clouds, where information is everything, and users can access it however they want. Is Microsoft's latest server OS up to the job?
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials was disappointing, but there's a lot to like in its successor, which provides a small file-and-print server with integrated systems management and backup tools that's ideal for a small business or a home office.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is an extremely solid, usable, fast and secure desktop Linux OS. It continues to hone the Unity user interface introduced in earlier releases, and also migrates to a new version of the kernel.
OS X Server has long been a low-cost, straightforward option for small businesses, and this update adds support for iPads and iPhones. Other components have also benefitted from new features and facelifts.
This welcome update brings Microsoft's Small Business Server into line with the rest of the Windows Server family, while also simplifying management and enhancing remote access. It's far from cheap, however, and smaller companies may be better off evaluating the Essentials version.
RHEL 6 offers greatly enhanced scalability and is well equipped to handle future technological advances. The switch to KVM virtualisation and server subscription tweaks may not be universally popular, but existing Red Hat customers and new Linux converts should still consider it.