By forcing Windows 10 on users, Microsoft has lost the tenuous trust and credibility users had in the company
On the surface, Microsoft has yielded to turns in the market more rapidly. But now they’ve blown it, pushing back increased trust and credibility, perhaps years, and for an inane reason: shoving Windows 10 down user’s throats.
It’s a fine operating system. It has the madness of near-malware ads now sewn into it, and damnable tracking—with no publicly vetted method of preventing adware malware. Yet it’s more stable than Windows 7, it’s nicer to use than Windows 8-something, and it’s a great price model.
We are never going back to proprietary networks. Today’s world is all about open—from APIs to partnerships to end-to-end orchestrated services. It’s about time.
Vendor lock-in is dead. Proprietary specifications are dead. Closed vendor ecosystems are dead. Today’s networks are increasingly defined on de facto and de jour open standards—call it open source, call it open APIs, call it whatever you want. It’s all about openness and collaboration. Vendor consortia are open, as are the many partnerships and pairings between standards-defining organizations.
It’s about time, and it’s all good.
Three facts: PC sales continue to decline. Macbooks continue to grow as a share of PC shipments. And in the first quarter of 2016, Chromebooks outsold Macbooks. Yes, you read that right. According to IDC analyst Linn Huang, Chromebooks beat Macs in overall shipments in the U.S.
With that news, Linus Torvalds is ready to declare desktop victory. On Thursday last week, Torvalds posted on his Google+ page: “Hey, either Macs don’t count much on the desktop, or we may have to finally lay the ‘year of the Linux desktop’ joke to rest.”
One Google+ reader commented that Chrome OS, the Linux-based operating system that runs on Chromebooks is “a web browser, not a desktop. Good thing, but not the same at all.”
Whoever wins the hearts and minds of today’s younger computer users will have a substantial advantage over the competition for years to come. In years past, I’ve seen both Apple and, later, Microsoft try this approach. Both failed, as kids back in the early days of computing used their PCs for school and limited PC gaming. Today things are different. Kids are glued to their smartphones and many of those smart phones are Android-based.
This means kids are fairly comfortable using Android applications. Now imagine putting Android applications on Chromebooks for schools. Yes, this is in fact happening right now. I for one, think this is going to prove to be one of the smartest moves Google has made in many years.
In this article, I’ll explain why this may be the final nail in the coffin with regard to Microsoft Windows for casual computer users.
There are hundreds of Linux desktop distributions. What’s a would-be Linux desktop user to do? Luckily for you, you don’t have to try them all out to find a good fit.
The key question is: “What do you want to use Linux for?” Once you know that, everything else is easy.
For those of you who haven’t met me before. I’ve been using Linux as a desktop operating system since 1993, two years after Linux was created. Since then I’ve used dozens of different Linux distribution and I used to run a website called Desktop Linux. Today, I use three different Linux desktops on a regular basis. In short, I know the Linux desktop.
Like the idea of having a cloud office suite, but not crazy about being locked into Microsoft Office 365 or Google Docs software-as-a-service (SaaS) ? Two open-source companies, ownCloud and Kolab Systems, are working on enabling an office suite for your own private cloud.
Kolab, like ownCloud, is using Collabora’s cloud version of the open-source LibreOffice office suite,Collabora CloudSuite. The desktop version of LibreOffice is my favorite office suite.
The integrated SaaS Collabora’s CloudSuite and Kolab’s groupware will enable users to work on documents simultaneously within the Kolab collaboration suite. Users will be able to compose documents, fill in spreadsheets and design presentations together. Documents can later be saved in the most common formats, including Microsoft and the Open Document standard formats.
Microsoft MSFT -2.17% might have set an ambitious goal of pushing Windows 10 to 1 billion devices. But one OS that is doing wonders in the cloud, desktop, mobile, and IoT segment is Ubuntu. This Debian-based open source OS has been on a roll ever since IaaS has become mainstream to run server workloads in the cloud. From AWS to OpenStack, Ubuntu is most preferred OS by system administrators and DevOps professionals.
Linux has been around for years and so as the other operating systems. The evidences, rumors and even frustrations from the tech world suggest that Linux still leads the way at personal as well as enterprise level.
Here are 10 reasons to switch over to Linux from other operating systems right now:
When I was a young girl, I remember my dad showing me Linux on his computer.
He was showing me what was known then as Red Hat Linux—it was a fresh version of Colgate 4.0 from Best Buy. At that time, I was familiar with Windows 95 and knew how to use a computer, but Linux was new to me. It looked like a bunch of code and too technical. So, it was many years later, in January of 2009, that I finally made the switch.
This is my Linux story.
The worn out laptop I was using kept getting viruses. My resistance to getting a new one had been due to my college professor demanding I write my papers using onlyMicrosoft Word. Yet the constant crashing was causing too much stress, so I finally said “Yes” to my dad and “Yes” to Linux.
It’s 2015, and there are no computers in my house that run anything but Linux. Yep, I’m one of those people.
My name is Jim Salter, and I’m a professional Linux sysadmin and developer. I’m the chief technologist of Openoid, and the author and developer of its product, Sanoid, an open source project that aims to make your servers functionally immortal. But, somewhat unusually for people who have taken the full plunge, I didn’t start out that way.
I’m older than MS-DOS, so “what I grew up with” was never really an issue. But my career in IT kicked into high gear coincidentally with the appearance of Windows 95—so as a professional, I “grew up on” Windows 9x and Windows NT. And I loved them! I didn’t really understand all the Microsoft hatred back then—Microsoft seemed OK in my limited perspective, and at the consumer and small business level, Windows really did blow the doors off anything else I had seen. To make things worse, the few hardcore Linux people I knew argued all the wrong bullet points. I didn’t really care about making old hardware run better, and in the days before global broadband, and the security problems that came with it, uptime wasn’t much of an issue either. (Sure, Windows95 wasn’t great for uptime, but I had NT 4.0 workstations and servers with several years of uptime.)