Followers of my blog may have wondered -- around the end of April -- why I never made any comments about 8.04 / 'Hardy Heron'. There are two reasons for that. The first was: It was really really bad. I'm not enough of a zealot to gloss over that and ignore it: I'll speak my mind even on things I've traditionally endorsed, and it was a load of crap. Why? KDE4. That brings me to the second reason I did not post about it: upgrading my main workstation was such a disaster, I didn't have the time to blog about it.
Get it while the servers are still smouldering....
A long while ago I wrote of how to install vmware player on Ubuntu 6.06 aka 'Dapper Drake'. That post has been one of my more popular, and since then installing VMWare player has gotten a lot easier.
Two new interesting things from microsoft on slashdot today:
Microsoft's patent application for an 'advertising services platform' (possibly an API?) built-in to the OS.. According to the article, it can even scan the contents of your documents and your personal information to in order to better shove more ads down your throat. How nice.
I've been thorugh many discussions about how many OSS boosters are pro-Linux, but they always come off as being anti-MS. That might be true, but it may seem that way because Microsoft is the gold standard of closed-source suckiness.
It's also true through one simple logical deduction... Microsoft is anti-Linux. To be pro-Linux, you need to be anti-Microsoft. Unfortunate, but true.
Developer Derek Buranen has an excellent blog posting for the tech-interested who are considering adopting Linux:
Very smooth writing, I must say.
I think Google's success has caused several minds at MS to snap. Lately, Microsoft shills have been going out of their way to attack Google in particular: According to Steve Ballmer, doubling your employee count is 'insane', and Google has no sources of revenue outside of search and advertising. Thus, by extension, all their other efforts are doomed to fail.
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