Linux vs Windows
In what could be considered the official end to hostilities between Redmond and the open source community, Microsoft on Tuesday announced the Interop Vendor Alliance, a broad-based confederation of companies that stand to gain from the easing of tensions between the rival camps.
The founding membership is made up of hardware, software, and services firms that occupy positions on one or both sides of the battle lines, including AMD, NEC, Sun Microsystems, BEA Systems, CA, Siemens Enterprise Communications, Software AG, and Citrix Systems.
As of 9/2/06, the IT Office of Operations will be directed by Mr. Ken Starks. I ask that you join me in welcoming Ken to Ultra-secret Corporation and in making him feel at home. Ken brings with him an enthusiasm, talent and drive that we have been missing in IT. He will be forwarding each of you an email outlining specific information on classes and other training necessary for our complete migration to Linux.
IGF The first "dynamic coalition" resulting from the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) has vowed to get governments interested in adopting open standards for both hardware and software.
Local poultry producer Bartter Enterprises is evaluating the future of around 70 Microsoft Windows servers, in the context of a recent migration of other systems to Red Hat Linux.
There's a popular notion swirling around the high-tech sector that Microsoft's dominant position in the industry and software bugs have customers scurrying for the cover of Linux.
This may be more of a myth than a notion, Gartner analyst John Enck said during a session comparing the two operating systems at the Gartner Symposium ITxpo here.
"We're just not seeing any sort of motion away from Windows towards Linux," Enck said.
With Windows Vista somewhere on the horizon (of course no one knows how far of a horizon) open source advocates have a unique opportunity.
One object to switching to Open Source systems is the transition cost to move everyone to a new OS or OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Office. Well it seems like everyone is going to have to transition to a new version of Office with a brand new control interface (the ribbon) and it seems as if everyone is going to have to learn Vista at some point.
Q&A: Microsoft's head of platform strategy denies that open source is a credible threat to the software giant's empire, and rules out porting MS Office to Linux.
Nick McGrath, Microsoft's head of platform strategy, is at the spearhead of the software giant's attempts to head off the open source danger.
Microsoft Windows will not suffer irreparable damage on the server side at the hands of the Linux operating system over the next five years, Gartner analyst George Weiss told attendees at the Gartner Open Source Summit here September 28.
In fact, in terms of worldwide server operating system revenue, Linux would come in below both Windows and Unix by 2011 in spite of its enormous growth, he told attendees in a session entitled "Enterprise Linux: Has it Arrived?"