Linux makes inroads yet again

I'm a Microsoft guy, so reading news about the spread of Linux is often times disheartening. It's not so much the success of the operating system, its just that it feels like you're not in the clique if your not loading up linux on a half dozen PC's that would have otherwise been headed for the trash bin.  Linux advocates will go to no end to find new and interesting ways to position the OS, installing it on anything with a microprocessor. 

 “Hey have you seen my new watch, its running Linux!” 

“Check out this credit card.  You can't see it or interact with it, but it's running Gnome on top of SuSe Linux.”

It reminds me of the good ol' days.   “Hey, have you seen my disk-drive?  It's got its own CPU.  It's running CP/M man!”

So, when I found this article about how Linux has finally breached into the final frontier of platforms, I just had to tell you all about it.  This might just be the one that gets me to download a copy of the free source.

But I digress


Comments (5)

  1. Robert Björn says:

    I run FreeBSD. I’ve run Linux from time to time. It’s nice enough for what it does, and it makes a good server. However, what I REALLY want is a .NET enabled cell phone. I’ve looked into the relevant Symbian SDKs for developing for some of the Nokia and Sony Ericsson models but the API and language seems messy and difficult to use. I would just LOVE being able to use the .NET compact framework on my cell.

  2. Matt,

    >> Reanimation puts most creatures in a foul mood


    thomas woelfer

  3. RG says:

    Isn’t it better to install an operating system and use the old box for something useful rather then letting it leak toxic compounds in a landfill? If all you’re doing is browsing the web, sending some email, etc (like 90% of AOL users) not only do you not need a 3Ghz Pentium 4 when a Pentium 166Mhz box will do fine, but there’s also no compelling reason to keep Windows around either when there’s several alternative apps (some better then others) to use for free.

    Plus, not everyone can afford to upgrade hardware every 5 years, let alone every 2 years. A 5 year old computer is a Pentium2 300 Mhz box, for example. Adequate enough for most tasks, sure it’s not the quickest box but it works – and if Linux breathes new life into it so it’s not harming the environment, then what’s the problem?

  4. Matias says:

    The problem is that many people are under the total delusion that Linux is a threat to Microsoft and that if you’re fan of Microsoft computing, then you *ought* to fear Linux.

    In reality, they both occupy mostly separate niches and sub-niches.

    And where they do compete, advancements in Linux/Open Source will only allow Microsoft to focus on writing better, more innovative, more cutting edge and specialized commercial software instead of crutching its development on the cash-cowing of software features.

    When a commercial feature-set is finally made obsolete by a equal/superior open source version, some people might think, "Uh oh, our favorite long-time features that Microsoft has given us all these years are now available for free in the open-source realm. Microsoft is out of business!" What they don’t realize is that now Microsoft can drop their stale reliance on features that are now a part of everyday life, and focus on creating *better* features/innovations that fulfill the *newer* demands of the ever-changing needs of users.

    In the end, all users universally benefit from increased technological progress and agility.

  5. David Goldstein says:

    Hear hear! for the last poster, quite agreed!

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