Tag: Linux

Microsoft and FUD

FUD: was first defined by Gene Amdahl after he left IBM to found his own company, Amdahl Corp. : “FUD is the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that IBM sales people instill in the minds of potential customers who might be considering Amdahl products.” [1] The term has also been attributed to veteran Morgan Stanley computer analyst Ulrich Weil, though it had already been used in other contexts as far back as the 1920s. [2] [3]

As Eric S. Raymond writes: “The idea, of course, was to persuade buyers to go with safe IBM gear rather than with competitors’ equipment. This implicit coercion was traditionally accomplished by promising that Good Things would happen to people who stuck with IBM, but Dark Shadows loomed over the future of competitors’ equipment or software. After 1991 the term has become generalized to refer to any kind of disinformation used as a competitive weapon.” [4]

By spreading questionable information about the drawbacks of less well known products, an established company can discourage decision-makers from choosing those products over its wares, regardless of the relative technical merits. This is a recognized phenomenon, epitomized by the traditional axiom of purchasing agents that “nobody ever got fired for buying IBM equipment”. The result is that many companies’ IT departments buy software that they know to be technically inferior because upper management is more likely to recognize the brand .

Well Microsoft has recently stated that Linux is in violation of 235 patents..  Personally I just think it is an attempt to extort money out of Canonical and Red Hat.  Microsoft is one of those companies that honestly patents anything under the sun.  For example they have a patent for tabbed browsing..  Everyone knows that tabbed browsing was made popular by Firefox.  Many people have different opinions in matters like this one thing is clear we do need patent reform.   Linus recently stated that Microsoft was actually in violation of 532 patens.  Linux is hear to stay and Microsoft should come up with a new marketing plan other than FUD and Extortion to deal with Linux.  Anyone who has actually used the latest Ubuntu build is well aware of what a slick and efficient operating system it is.  One thing is sure it would be ironic if Microsoft went the way of SCO

Let Your Creativity Fly

Well it is finally out. I have been working on upgrading my Ubuntu box. I am now using ubuntu to run my home network 🙂 I set up Samba and a 400GB share so the four other home computers can link to it. I have also been working on Amaork to setup all my audio files as a iTunes share for the network and I have also been pondering setting up a shortwave radio station so I can transmit my signals to other people (near future). Right now though I have started working on my own customized version of UbuntuStudio that will be on a thumb / dvd live cd! I will include wine, Flash 9, Java, Eclipse, Tomcat, Apache, and Ruby on Rails. I will also be using wine to run some Action Script editors that are tied into Motion Twin. I will also be placing some of my personal files on the OS so other people can examine my code snippets. For all of the video game fans I will also be installing emulators to run PlayStation, N64, SuperNintendo, NES, Sega Master and Genesis! So I will be looking forward to placing it as a download once it is complete I believe it will take me a couple of months to configure it properly 🙂 I highly recomend the Ubuntu Studio it is by far the slickest distro built yet.

Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn

The latest release of Ubuntu was released today Fiesty Fawn 7.04! Ubuntu has also been creating a studio addition of it operating system. It will be perfect for creative professionals (should be out in a few days)! The latest version will come complete with Video, Audio, Image, Vector, Print, and 3d editing and designing tools. I am especially looking forward to it being released. I have been working on my Ubuntu box diligently. I have been adding all the essential web developer tools. Also it should be noted Ubuntu now has a partnership with sun. I would like to customize the Studio addition upon release. I plan on adding creating my own customized distro based on Studio Ubuntu. I will be adding built in Apache, Tomcat, Eclipse, Webalizer, Zenoss, and many other web developer features. I also plan on adding a great deal of addons for firefox right off the bat with support for flash 9 etc.. I also plan on integrating WINE into the studio cd allowing people to use free tools like SE|PY Editior and Flash Develop. I will also be adding built in support for games who would like to play classic Sega, Nintendo, PlayStation, and Dos classic games. Ubuntu has been growing and Intel has plans to integrate ubuntu into some of its ultra mobile pcs! I am developing this as a DVD / Flash Drive customized distro and will make it available for download. I will also be using it as a piece for my portfolio it will also include some of my personal files for use and observation.

YouTube Videos Ubuntu + Beryl

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Side Note on FireFox:

People do work for free and it does benefit us all. Firefox three will set the standard for browsers. Firefox three will pass acid test two and it will implement many new features placing it years ahead of IE one of those features will be the use of SQLite. SQLite will be integrated into the browser it will make it easier to manage bookmarks. Etc..

SQLite what is that good for? Well it for starters wouldn’t it be nice to actually search your favorites. It will make organizing your favorites easier. Firefox will also save some web pages for offline browsing. I would imagine you would be able to use SQLite for a number of other purposes as well.

Firefox 3 will also have many features for offline users. I guess what I am getting at is firefox is building their own runtime and it will be able to sync online applications:)

FireFox Runtime Enviorment:

Well ok Sounds nice what does that mean for me?

Well imagine you are using Google office and you are off line? What happened to all your presentations, spreadsheets, and documents? Will they disappear? No. That’s the point FireFox is preparing to help manage applications that exist both on the web and on the desktop (or Mobile Device). Microsoft and Adobe are preparing to do the same with their runtime environments namely M$’s SilverLight and Adobe’s Apollo.

FireFox will also be standards compliant it will pass Acid Test 2 and follow in the footsteps of Knoqueror, Safari, and Opera. Firefox 3 is also expanding its supports for addons and plugins.


Run XP in Linux

Yep, you can just check it out for your self. I highly recommend checking out Ubuntu Linux it is by far the best Linux Distro I have seen in a long time and if you read dig.com you know how much it is like my the community! Today even Jonathan Schwartz had to praises Ubuntu Linux! Ubuntu is also highly customizable you can literally skin it to look like OS X if you want too! Ubuntu is based off of the Debian! So you can use the apt-get feature! The apt-get feature makes installing software a cinch!