* Posts by W. Anderson

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Senseless remininscing

i don't understand the purpose of such a long excruciating article on what might have been with Microsoft Mobile effort. All the marketing and hype at the time surely was enough to wear our ear out for next decade on the topic. Reliving this development is just as senseless as American reminiscing about the country "may have won" the Vietnam war.

It is also notable that the Microsofties on theRegister relentlessly state their believed importance to Windows smartphone, as an alternative to the Apple iOS and Android duopoly that they feel is bad for consumers. Where were these idiots when Microsoft was the only game in town for PC operating Systems (OS) as Apple Mac OS X and other viable alternatives were ridiculed as "unnecessary".

Microsoft Mobile is effectively dead. Please bury the blasted phone line for the sake and sanity of all.

This is May, 2016, time to move on.

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Lenovo: Markets for our products 'will remain challenging'

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Lenovo lost in history of PC domination

Similar news of severe downturn in PC sales have been reported recently by HP, Dell and others, yet fervent Microsoft supporters on TheRegister never seem to accept the reality of this major shift, and continue to express, even more forcefully and vocally the idea that Microsoft PC business will return to it's former glory and even notion that Windows smartphone and general Mobile sales will eventually dominate, coming from approximately 4% overall compared to about 93% for Apple and Android mobile sales, and still growing rapidly, especially on international stage.

Lenovo's X86 server sales have stalled somewhat, since the massive sales growth in that sector is taken by Chinese white box manufacturers with hundreds of thousands of bare bones units shipped regularly to Google, Amazon, Facebook and other behemoths, who use their own Linux Operating System (OS) software distributions, leaving US hardware and Microsoft out in the cold.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: anecdotal stories of personal Lumina smartphones is not the critical topic

The reason you "claim" for Microsoft being a no-show in IoT spectrum are of no consequence if the company is/has lost out almost compltely, which very negatively affect it's potential for viability in future.

Results, and the effects of better (significantly more adopted) technology are only elements for reality in technology business in 2016 and beyond, no excuses.

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anecdotal stories of personal Lumina smartphones is not the critical topic

With this catastrophic loss and downgrade of Microsoft's Mobile business, it is astounding that the Microsoft dupes on this The Register thread chose instead to lament their beloved Lumina smartphone upgrade woes - ad nauseam, and not discuss the implication for Microsoft of a future where Apple iOS and Android control most if not all of the Mobile spectrum, including "enterprise and Government" mobile needs, Media, education and the exploding Internet of Things (IoT) with every appliance, automobile and home devic eis linked to Mobile Internet.

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Citrix dodges death, returns with bigger XenServer and NetScaler

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Citrix and Microsoft struggling together

By Citrix typing their carriage to a slowly mobile and slightly lame Microsoft horse, they risk becoming stagnant as the Enterprise and data centre spheres of technology move rapidly into the Linux based Cloud and Big Data areas.

Just very recently it was credibly reported that Microsoft's Azure Cloud and Office 365 business had slowed significantl, with Amazon and OpenStack based Cloud Computing Services overwhelming adoption, as well as in Internet/Website deployments and large Data Centers.

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90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

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Re: They are not comparable. Say Whaaat!

The fact that the whole article and results posted by Garnter, also corroborated by several other credible Market Research Firms like Forrester, etc, cover the "SMARTPHONE" operating systems - Windows Mobile and Android, then commenter " naive" is just as idiotic as jb99 in their attempted rebuttal to the article facts.

Furthermore, there are reportedly more than 850,000 Apps for Android, most of which will be available soon for ChromeBooks and other Linux-based computing devices in very near future - source Google - , as "native" Apps/Applications, not Web only, such as Microsoft Office/ Office365 and hundreds of others for productivity and business.

Why are so many Windows slavish people on The Register forums that have no mental connection to reality or facts? While they may elicit some sympathy from the general Windows using public, they really need to seek counselling to get a new life in reality.

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Re: They are not comparable? Say Whaat!

Since the article is exclusively about "smartphones" and since there is a Windows smartphone Operating System (OS) that serves the same function as Android for smartphones, then jb99 is either a complete ignoramus or a completely idiotic Windows shill or both.

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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

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Virtualized or Containrized software solution alternatives?

A lot of this "customizable" server acquisition is already available in a different but more flexible and less convoluted form - Servers with Docker or BSD "applications specific" Containers, for which separate memory , storage capacity, even ip addresses and networking configurations can be allocated. Even the networking component is now custom configurable in form of Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Since several applications and vertical software vendors provide these " containerized" solution, it is difficulty to see the needs for a hardware only approach.

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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

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The topic is dramatic PC sales declines

It is noticeable that all the comments by PC Gamer systems DIY-ers, nor wishes that Gartner should die, has no relevance what-so-ever to the "fact" that PC sales have experienced dramatic loses for over 5 years now, and Gartner is only one of several Tech research firms to report " the exact same" results.

All the gaming PC building in the world will not reverse such substantive PC sales declines, and trashing Gartner - and therefore all those credible firms/organizations with same report - is infantile, and shows that Windows anal supporters just don't deal with reality.

Get a new life!

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Whatever the reason, PC sales are declining rapidly

Even as Doctor Syntax states - "the PCs they have are still working and fit for purpose " - which is true to a point, does not explain clearly the precipitous drop in PC shipments each year over the past 5 years, in regards concrete and fact-based reason(s).

Unfortunately this news, while not being new, is very depressing to many Microsoft loyalists, who continually rant on TheRegister and other USA tech media that the venerable PC market, aka Windows PC market, will return to it's former glory, even if only in their own minds.

Recently Dell reported substantial drop and loses in PC sales, and HP has effectively transitioned to "enterprise and corporate" data centre focus. The only profitable PC vendor, which also has fading Windows PC sales, is Lenovo with good sales in China, a country that had mandated future computing platforms for all government, education and banking/related financial institutes be based on GNU/Linux Operating System (OS), which does not help Microsoft at all.

The most powerful Super Computer on earth, for third straight year is not a IBM or Cray product out of USA, but a Chinese built Linux based computer, and the Chinese have thus proven and been adequately convinced that Windows based technology - even in PCs - is a trend of the past.

The arc of the technological universe has swung away from tech behemoths of old, to new gladiators using mostly Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) based technology and innovation absent from PC vendors.

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Dell opens Oracle exit route for SAP data shops

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PostgreSQL noted as vial alternative for Oracle

In a recent article on TheRegister about Microsoft promoting it's SQLServer database as a replacement for Oracle solutions, I mentioned that PostgreSQL, via commercial EnterpriseDB might be a better alternative because PostgreSQL has proven unequivocally to be as powerful, reliable and secure for s Oracle implementations, even more so than for SQLServer, the PL/SQL language has strong synergy and similarities to to Oracle SQL syntax , and EnterpriseDB had developed an efficient,very cost effective and comprehensive 'migration toolset' that significantly reduced the pain and process of porting, as compared to the extremely lengthy, costly and difficult migration of moving to SQLServer.

Several Microsoft loyalists on the forum immediately went beserk, denouncing PostgreSQL as toy database (with no supportable, factual evidence) simply because the application is Free/Open Source (FOSS), but now Dell is providing full support to PostgreSQL as Oracle alternative as evidence of such value.

So much for the ideological idiocy of Microsoft supporters.

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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Science fiction story of Microsoft Mobile dominance

The "impression" from Andrew Orlowski in this article is that if Intel had not dropped it's mobile Atom Chip project, then Microsoft was on a path to significantly expand it's Windows mobile base in competition to that from ARM.

Since ARM based mobile computing, involving Apple, Samsung and all the other hardware and software OEMs account for approximately 96% versus about 2% (and declining) for Microsoft in the entire Mobile market, just how would Microsoft mobile with "continued" Intel Atom chip base ever gain any traction beyond a very small niche market?

I am aware of the many efforts of Microsoft, as an extremely wealthy corporation pouring good money after bad projects in the past, but such improbable rise from the ashes in mobile competitiveness is delusional thinking on any level.

Microsoft's "Mobile First and Cloud First" mantra is faltering badly, being overwhelmed by Linux and other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies, on any CPU Chip base, with the company having no alternative approach except embedding Linux, Hadoop, Docker Containers and other premier FOSS into their solutions, creating a Frankenstein hybrid solution with no advantage what-so-ever.

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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

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de Icaza is unfortunately just a delusional Microsoft dupe

If Microsoft is a "different" company as stated by Miguel de Icaza - although the word different can have a thousand meanings, why then has not Microsoft withdrawn it spurious litigation threats against Linux for software Patent infringement, when the company has continuously refused to specify to the Free Software Foundation (fsf.org) and other institutions responsible for various Copyrights controlling Linux and GNU just exactly where the infringements lay??

Nationally and Internationally renowned entities like the Software Freedom Law Centre in USA and similar affiliated organizations on other continents have carefully analysed GNU/Linux code base and repeatedly found no infringements of Microsoft patents and copyrights what-so-ever, so de Icaza is just blowing smoke out of his anus, as usual.

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A potentially great FOSS development gone to waste

Commenter " Gnatius T Foobar" in inaccurate in stating that Miguel de Icaza created a schism between the Gnome and KDE development process, since it was De Icaza support for the Free/Open Source (FOSS) "model" which led him to initiate the Gnome desktop project, against which KDE, as a QT based project did not support such model at that time, but is now offered under a FOSS accepted license.

While De Icaza was fully supportive on "anything" Microsoft at the time - to an unhealthy, obsessive degree, and obviously still is, many of the most respected and prominent FOSS developers felt in early Mono days that his talent could have been significantly more productive and creative in working on any one of the many incredible other FOSS and/or similar projects to Gnome.

In the interview De Icaza mentioned what he deemed as "support" from Apple developers, although probable not so interpreted by most readers and those in the know, but said absolutely nothing of receiving any cooperation what-so-ever from corporate Google developers, about which he was also asked.

A telling omission

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: What else to expect from Microsoft

To: Doctor Syntax

The history of Microsoft's poor performance and poor reliability, and expecially poor security software should be enough for a "competent" tech decision maker in any firm - small or large to know that sales pitches have little value, only to gullible Microsoft worshippers.

There is a very wise saying that judgement should be made against past actions, not present rhetoric.

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What else to expect from Microsoft

Any company that is using Microsoft software for such an important application like TV Weather forecasting needs to be done in by this practice, just to 'metaphorically' knock them on the head about the disastrous reality of Microsoft software poor quality and behavior.

There are significantly better alternatives for such task, and even the US Weather Services and NASA use Linux for it's core data processing infrastructure, including graphical representation of Live data to end users.

Just last week several retail pharmacy operations in another country reported complete systems crashes on forced Windows 10 upgrades, since all the special pharmaceutical software APIs and drivers, as well as peripherals did not work at all. Similar incidents are reported weekly in Network operations for entities in USA and elsewhere.

These calamities are unfortunately the only way that Microsoft users, particularly in USA will (hopefully) realize the severe consequences of their poor choice in software technology use. I have no sympathy what-so-ever for their misfortunes in this area of technology adoption.

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Microsoft's Azure and Office 365 growth slows

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Rapidly changing (negative) dynamic for Microsoft

The fact that Microsoft is feverishly attempting to integrate Redhat Enterprise Linux with Docker Containerization into Azure Cloud Computing, and they still have great difficulty competing with Amazon AWS and myriad Openstack based Cloud services , example report here:

http://www.eweek.com/cloud/why-amazon-and-openstack-continue-to-thrive-in-a-complex-cloud-world.html

is evidence of Microsoft incapability to stay abreast of these strongly surging Cloud Computing Services, many of which offer alternatives to Office365 without fees or at very low rate.

This news, along with company's own report of very weak Windows Mobile sales - diminished to approximately 1% compared to Apple iOS and Android's combined 96% marketshare, has caused Microsoft market Capitalization to lose near 29% of it's value, and the many loyal Microsoft supporters on the Register, and ZDNet, still reside mentally in a delusion of their heroine regaining world domination like it did with PC desktops in 1990s.

Sad!

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Oof! Acer suffers 25 per cent hit to PC sales in turbulent Q1

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A sad time for Microsoft diehards

It is a matter "of record" that Desktop and Laptop" PC sales with Microsoft Windows has been in and by Gartner Report continues to decline, quarter after quarter and year over year.

The first commenter "Gis Bun", as a calculated Microsoft supporter denigrates Acer for crappy hardware and support - which is proven, but also for the vendor producing "Chromebricks", which can only be deciphered as his objection and hatred for any non-Windows computing device - Chromebooks, Android and/or Linux products.

Amazon and several large US systems integrators have reported that for past 2 end-of-year shopping seasons - Nov - Dec, 2014 and 2015, they sold "More CHROMEBOOKS than ALL Brands and Models of WINDOWS Computers COMBINED".

Gis Ban might not like to accept the truth, but there it is. He/She is probably a Donald Trump supporter, in a campaign where reality and facts have no meaning.

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'Hacked by China? Hack them back!' rages US Congress report

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unsettling precedent

The bluster by those in US Congress that the NSA and US (tech) companies must retaliate against Chinese hackers is just that, since it is almost a given that such action will/is taking place.

The danger becomes US attacks against Chinese "companies" (as stated in article) without exemplary proof that the "deserved" targets are Chinese companies and/or Central government, since a serious and damaging international Cyber War is sure to erupt.

It is unlikely that much of the International world, including US close friend nations and Democracies will agree with any such retaliation without been shown this "unquestioned proof", particularly since the US NSA has (and still is?) engaged in Cyber intrusions on most other nations, even in circumstances that are universally felt could have been for Industrial espionage only.

The US government - politicians - needs to be acutely aware of the diseased wasp that comes back to bite USA in the ass.

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Privacy, net neutrality, security, encryption ... Europe tells Obama, US Congress to back off

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clearer factual viewpoint

One point to note - by US readers - in this tit-for-tat involving conflicting views between the USA and European Union (EU) on Privacy, Encryption, Net-Neutrality, etc is that dominant technology at the heart of these issues and GAFA base is "not" American created or controlled, but rather a significant percentage of Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) that is developed by peoples and entities around the world, which put the EU on no less a footing for their own technology hedges than most Americans might think, their being "Greatest country in the World". (sic).

Much of the rhetoric in USA (or USA controlled/ strongly influenced) media has decidedly focused on prognostications from US politicians, President Obama and Silicon Valley, with very little or no viewpoints or feed back (this being one exception) provided from EU interests, such as Siemens, Ericsson, Deutsche Telecom and the like.

Beware a US false sense of superiority or greater intelligence, know-how.

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Read America's insane draft crypto-borking law that no one's willing to admit they wrote

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No wonder most voters have low opinions of politicians

Feinstein, Burr and other numb-skulls and their technology advisors on the hill have not stopped to think about and understand clearly that much of the most widely used and best (software) technology used today is not even American developed, and comes from various non-commercial, non-government control entities around the world, so the Congress has no influence or authority over such matters.

Even hardware, and particularly Internet/computer Networking is moving to "Software Defined Network" (SDN) model, that makes the purpose of this Bill doubly unworkable and stupid.

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

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Re: woe is Microsoft!

Commenter 1Rafayal indicates that my comment is not worth responding to. Is it notation that senior technology professionals and experts from many of the largest (and larger than Microsoft) technology companies are"publicly" bewildered at the confused Microsoft practices, with Ubuntu Linux integrated into Windows 10? The same Linux that Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer denigrated as communist, a farce, used by geeks and high school students - and that now has gone on to "control" Super Computing and Scientific Computing, most all Social Media - Facebook, Google, Twitter, Android, ChromeOS Mobile Computing, enterprise infrastructure and Data Center/Virtualization/Cloud Computing with Docker?

When ever someone points out major technological short comings on Microsoft, or facts of the company's diminished position in Mobile, enterprise computing and Web technologies, the Microsoft diehards rush to give factual information thumbs down, but never give technically verified responses to the contrary.

Such idealogical positions have become tiresome and stupid, much like the idiotic support of political candidates that have no capability of telling the truth, or supporting with facts the outrageous claims they constantly make.

So much for reduced intelligence in the technology using public in USA

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woe is Microsoft!

Microsoft has not clearly and intelligently explained what are the technical advantages of porting Ubuntu Linux into Windows VM infrastructure.

Fortunately most seasoned and competent developers targeting the Linux application ecosystem are not going to resort to such down-graded convoluted processes as envisioned by Microsoft for few developers who still worship Microsoft Windows as holy grail.

These developments of many Microsoft Windows applications being ported to Linux, or bringing Linux with applications into Windows is the most delusional policies and practices of Microsoft in it's history, as publicly commented by senior technology professionals and experts from 9 of 10 other largest technology corporations in USA and Internationally.

A sad sight to see, especially for Microsoft dupes.

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Google, Rackspace to together unfurl DIY Power9 server designs

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Re: Excellent competitive choice is always a good thing

Commenter LDS makes innocuous comparisons in reference to my comment on Powr9 Chipsets. Intel completely controlled the chip industry "world-wide, forcing AMD to a weak, inferior position along the way. That is, until ARM holdings came along and licensed their mobile chip "designs" to everyone, giving all mobile product manufacturers a chance to compete, which they did vis-a-vis Intel. The Powr chip business is now shared by manufacturers around the globe in similar opportunity stance.

Google is a services monopoly, like Microsoft was, and still is in PC Desktop software to a fading degree. However many industries and countries "chose" to allow Google and Facebook this controlling position. Not so in China, where Baidu and Sina Weibo are very large, even in size comparison to Google and Facebook - considering population size. In USA and other Western countries, Microsoft is gaining share as search competitor.

There your argument is like comparing apples to soil in which fruit grows. A poor analogy regarding

Chipsets.

LDS knows nothing about my position on Linux or any other software or technology. The fact, not my

opinion remains - Linux has outgrown and outperformed Microsoft Windows in "every sphere of technology" on this planet, with exception of PC Desktop software, and Apple in smartphones. Go cry to Microsoft.

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Excellent competitive choice is always a good thing

The concept and reality of a Power based Open Computer design server, like ARM based servers is a good alternative to Intel's "controlled" homogony, much as Linux and BSD Unix-like Operating System (OS) software - Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), has completely removed the Microsoft dominance and control in software, except in Desktop PCs of course, which is fast a dying breed over time.

Such independence from USA corporate control will allow many countries to move forward with technology development and use, feeling more confident that, (a) - they may be able to better resist USA NSA illegal snooping for no other reasons than stupidity and proven industrial espionage, and (b) expand local technological prowess that once demanded hundreds of billions of $$dollars that the economies of these countries could not afford.

Hurray for additional good and competitive choice, which makes the world a better place -at least in one respect

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FreeBSD 10.3 lands

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Re: Developed from Unix?

The University of California at Berkeley (UCB) and a few other research schools and institutions received UNIX from AT&T for research and Computer Science (CS) software development purposes up to early 1980s. After a while the University CS students and professors began to "re-design" -

without copying - many of faulty aspects of UNIX, eventually creating a "completely new "UNIX-like Operating System (OS), which could not be called UNIX since that trademark and copyright belonged to AT&T.

When AT&T, the creators of UNIX became an independent commercial company way back in 1984, they wanted the University to pay them for the technology learned from the UNIX experiment, which the University refused.

A federal court case of AT&T versus UCB concluded that UCB "owned" their UNIX-like OS - which did not infringe the AT&T UNIX patents, but could not call it UNIX proper.

Sun used UCB code to create SunOS as a commercial OS and various forks of UCB were developed under a BSD Open Source Software License with base of UCB code called BSD - for Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), thus FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD. and more recently DragonFly BSD.

The BSDs have evolved and improved significantly since those early day, with imput and contribution of code from Sun Microsystems and others, to become today - in 2016, one of the most "robust" and secure OS available period. Many large corporations, universities and Research Institutions still rely on BSD for all their heavy lifting, and FreeBSD was the original base of software that became Apple Mac OS X. FreeBSD in it's more pure code, is the OS for Sony Playstation 4.

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Re: FreeBSD was created

Unfortunately your reasoned information or logic will not be ingested by the majority of those commenting idiotically on this article, either in their complaints about GPL or BSD licence in bubble of ignorance, or the real differences of usage generally between BSD and Linux. The Desktop GUI, whether Gnome or KDE for Linux/BSD or windows 7/8/10 Interface has no reference to article content.

It is sad that in 2016, it appears that a significantly larger proportion of the populace using computer technology are more ignorant about the technical aspects of computer Operating Systems (OS) then in 1980s and 1990s when it was essential for one to have fundamental understanding of desktop and server OS.

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sounds from the ignorant camps

As a *BSD and GNU/Linux user and professional technologist for more than 18 years, my experience with both operating systems (OS) ecosystems have given me a very clear perspective of both the purely technical attributes and the philosophical sides of the software environments.

Any competent technologist with substantial experience in either of these OS software, particularly in a server or network scenario - i.e. with use of Command Line and Shell Scripts, would not be completely baffled as if one coming from the lowest-common-denominator of technical reasoning and understanding Microsoft Windows environment, or - as one commenter stated - the modern dumbed-down for Windows users Linux desktop offerings, like Zorin Linux as the perfect example.

Not that Zorin, Linuxmint or any of the other "Windows attracting" Linux distributions should not exist as an excellent escape opportunity from Windows idiocy, or be different from *BSD, Suse or RedHat server OS, but desktop computer use is significantly different from Server, Network or other development, enterprise OS software use, and should not be compared as such.

Why else would Microsoft port BASH shell into their Windows "Powershell" UNIX-like tool - greater efficiency.

I do suspect that many recent Linux desktop users are dissatisfied Windows users, masking their basic UNIX/Linux (NIX) OS ignorance by attempting to sound technically apt.

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Microsoft sets date for SQL Server on Linux

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Re: This is actually largely irrelevant

Those commenting in support of SQLServer on Linux "supposedly" due to lack of excellent databases that run in both environments, like latest PostgreSQL 9.4 - that is competitive in all the advanced features and functionality with SQLServer 2016, and even has large scale commercial support from companies like EnterpriseDB, investors of which include IBM and RedHat, amoung others.

The evidence is in recent case studies where PostgreSQL successfully replaced sophisticated Oracle Database solutions in several Fortune 500 corporations and large engineering and other business industries, in a reasonable time with greater efficiency and ease, and with considerably savings overall.

The reality of PostgreSQL being equal to or superior in competitiveness to SQLServer is always refuted by delusional Microsoft loyal dupes.

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Microsoft SQL Server for Linux is a brilliant and logical idea

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Re: Increase in Microsoft shill propaganda

Commercial support Services for PostgreSQL are provided by EnterpriseDB, a national professional services company with great expertise in PostgreSQL,as several employees are part of "core" PostgreSQL development team. There are also several mid-level and smaller commercial PostgreSQL support Services companies and organizations around the USA and are particularly widespread in European Union, South America and Asia.

Furthermore major companies like IBM and Redhat have investments in and fully support and work with EnterpriseDB corporation, so the Open Source aspect of PostgreSQL that many Microsofties find so pejorative, has no relevance with this commercial database backing.

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Increase in Microsoft shill propaganda

The logic of porting SQLServer to Linux is questionable at the moment, but the brilliance is only in the imagination of the article writer.

Oracle databases are significantly easier and more straight forward to port to EnterpriseDB PostgreSQL than to SQLServer, and SQLServer, at best, is actually proven less robust, less reliable and substantially less secure than PostgreSQL.

Furthermore Oracle DB, IBM DB2, PostgreSQL, NoSQL databases, MySQL/MadiaDB and every other established database runs an order of magnitude faster and with more reliability and security on Linux than on Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft and it's legion of dupes are blowing smoke out of their anuses to think that any serious Linux shop would adopt SQLServer, except those paid to do so or complete idiots, since SQLServer is slated to perform no more than about 75% with less features on Linux than on Windows.

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Linux fans may be in for disappointment with SQL Server 2016 port

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Re: Perfectly understandable

It is either unfortunate that commenter JJ Carter is very ignorant about the technical capabilities of Linux versus Microsoft Windows, or he/she is deliberately being a provocateur and shill for Microsoft.

Most sane persons with even a rudimentary knowledge of these Operating Systems (OS) are aware that Linux runs all USA and International Stock Exchanges, replacing the few than were as disaster running on Microsoft Windows. as one example. Approximately 98% of all the registered "fastest" Super computers on earth run overwhelmingly Linux, and some variant of UNIX/BSD as another very poignant example.

Perhaps the most telling cases for superiority of performance , reliability and security of Linux over Microsoft Windows are found in reasoning used by NASA for their Mars Unity Mission, most all Big Data Analytics projecs for analysing and processing exabytes of data, and most every International bank and financial services firms for handling billions of transaction per day.

Sad that so many doofus Microsoft supporters waste precious comment time of The Register and other technology forums.

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Microsoft seeks naive and ignorant Linux user

This type action by Microsoft is not unexpected. The company has never provided the exact same product features or services on 'competitive' platforms.

Even with Oracle database products, Microsoft ensures that it cannot perform on Windows as it does on Linux, so that potential customers will consider switch to SQLServer on Windows. This particular amateur marketing ploy with SQLServer port to Linux is unlikely to fool most Linux users, particularly large Ubuntu, RedHat or other Enterprise, large scale Linux installations, who know and have demonstrated the superiority of database systems like PostgreSQL running on *NIX (UNIX/Linux) foundation.

However I cannot blame Microsoft for trying. There are and will always be a few gullible, naive and ignorant (especially technically) Linux users out there.

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Behold, Microsoft SQL Server on Linux – and a firm screw-you to Oracle

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Re: PostgreSQL a better choice for transition from Oracle

Commenters "LDS" and preceding "anonymous Coward" have shown both their infantile Microsoft bent, as well as gross ignorance in a complete lack of technical knowledge on PostgreSQL, either in it's global adoption or in an respect.

The Database system is primary database of use for several Fortune 1000 corporations including Fujitsu, National Weather Services with advanced features in Spatial data/object management, for many of the 28 European Union countries' national Census database solution, processed exabytes of data for Yahoo that SQL Server could never handle, and proved it's superior robustness/reliability and greater security in comparison to SQLServer.

Why else would Microsoft port its flagship database to Linux if Windows was any good. UNIX and Linux users "know" and experience the power of PostgreSQL.

Reminder:

EnterpriseBM commercial service and expertise for PostgreSQL has serious investment from IBM, Redhat and other vary large enterprises, and the fact the PostgreSQL has been in existence and continually improved for twenty plus years for thousands of use cases - large and small, as a Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) clearly proves it's future longevity.

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PostgreSQL a better choice for transition from Oracle

It would make significantly more sense - technically and financially - for dis-satisfied Oracle customers to migrate to latest PostgreSQL database solutions, even through established EnterpriseDB commercial vendor than to Microsoft SQLServer.

Not only is there synergy between Oracle SQL and Postgresql PL/SQL, with very efficient tools having been developed and extensively used for such specific task, but PostgreSQL has proven to be equally or more robust, reliable and more secure than MS SQLServer, and at an lower initial and overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

How many “successful” transitions - from Oracle - can Microsoft boast - as evaluated by credible independent sources - compared to several "real world" Fortune 500 exceptionally successful transition case studies?

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Google overlord Eric Schmidt to run Pentagon advisory board

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perfect dystopian country government rep

Eric Schmidt stated no long ago (paraphrasing) that citizens should not be concerned about privacy or safety on the Internet, since all their information will be accessible by Companies and Government.

Credible account here:

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/12/google-ceo-eric-schmidt-dismisses-privacy

The perfect selection for a government determined to undermine "ANY" citizen privacy.

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Windows Phone devs earn double what poor Android devs pocket

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deepening delusional thinking

If the Microsoft Mobile ecosystem is diminishing - according to Microsoft's own filings, why then would any sensible person - mobile developer - who is competent with mathematics think that more developers will be attracted to the Microsoft mobile development marketplace, and thus significantly expand the MS Mobile base.

Just last week Microsoft officially announced "abandonment" of efforts to have their cross-platform mobile tools work on Android, which controls about 80% of the global Mobile software platform. Even at Mobile World Conference recently in Barcelona, Spain, about 95% of (Mobile) iOT products and services offered or planned were Android and Linux based.

Microsofties are still blowing smoke out of their anuses.

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Your xenophobia is killing us, Silicon Valley warns US Congress

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dysfunctional bias against anyone non-Western Caucasuan

If the USA has exhibited xenophobia - that is a fear or hatred - of their own patriotic citizens, due only to their race , ethnicity or non-Christian religion - as strangers/foreign to their popular social fabric, then it is not surprising at all that the Federal government, many national leaders and extremist organizations would follow in the same path of exceeding xenophobia after the Paris and California terrorist attacks.

The greatest irony of this crass action is that since San Bernadino attacks more than 100 people have been killed here in USA by nut cases who won't be classified as terrorists, precisely because they are Caucasians, even the Kalamazoo murders that are part of 38 mass killing in year 2016 alone.

A sad, and really sick thinking Congress and populace.

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'We love Linux' purrs Microsoft as Red Hat, Azure go on honeymoon

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Microsoft clunky Linux plugin

If Redhat LINUX on Azure is the best solution that Microsoft can supply to customers, particularly since it is "only" via Linux that Microsoft can support the incredible Docker containerization that is customer demanded, then it makes no sense for a savvy Cloud Computing customer who is not a Microsoft money pit to deploy Azure when RedHat/OpenStack Cloud Computing combination offers considerably more efficient, powerful and secure solution without the often broken, less secure and unnecessary third party Microsoft moving parts.

Only Microsoft slavish clients could be destined for Azure-RedHat Cloud Computing, at far higher costs.

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Confused as to WTF is happening with Apple, the FBI and a killer's iPhone? Let's fix that

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The devil is in the details/ interpretation of actions

A suspicious aspect of this story may, just may be found in this part of sentence "....and allow the FBI to enter in a string of PINs at high speed from some external tool." If Apple is not required to have their special firmware upgrade to leave Cupertino premises, then the question becomes - does this "external tool" belong to FBI or Apple?

If the FBI, how will Apple know that this "special tool" (of the FBI) does not copy Apple's special firmware, to later surreptitiously use on other Apple smartphones or Tablets at their own secret facilities?

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

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Year 2000 thinking brough forward

Simon Sharwood must be suffering from memory or intelligence dysfunction.

Almost every one of the approximate 14 plus people I know personally and dozens more who owned a then useless Netbook found glory by installing one of the low resources Linux distributions and more recently Android OS, for excellent results and satisfaction of redeemed productivity . That was many years ago and now Sharwood gets great idea of Windows 10 as solution for these Netbooks.

I have never seen such retarded and inconsequential tech journalism in more than 30 years.

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

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Re: Clearly The Law is a ass...

Commenter asdf is ignorant to the fact that references to many International court cases of US companies il-legal manoeuvres in Europe and elsewhere do reflect on the US "national" attitudes against other countries in a pejorative sense.

There are countless recorded cases of such nasty tactics. Take the case of European Union against Microsoft for illegal browser installation and preference, where the company was eventually fined over $1 Billion and "admitted" to wrongdoing, "after" their stupidity of getting the US State Department to unethically intervene - against International Trade regulations, which further pissed off EU.

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Microsoft vs US.gov, Internet of Stuff, etc: What's up with 2015's legal cloudy issues?

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Realized lmits to USA control in/of other jurisdictions

In regard comment by " Trigonoceps occipitalis", the position and/or actions of the US Security Council will have no real effect on Microsoft taking it's case to the United Nations (UN) International Court of Law, which can decide unequivocally that the USA has no authority what-so-ever to remove data from Microsoft servers in Ireland.

This legal process between International jurisdictions may even result in the Irish Government allowing Microsoft to transfer such data to Irish corporation with a Microsoft close affiliation, which would surely test the will of the USA government to it's outer limits of International influence and control.

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Windows 10 phones are not dead yet. Acer, Alcatel OneTouch just made some new ones

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Choice is good, even for dying breed

It is worthwhile that Microsoft Windows smartphone devotees have another choice for a platform that is in negative growth, but unfortunately for Microsoft supporters in Mobile sphere, the company will not be dominant as in 1990s and early 2000s, except in Desktop OS, with tens of millions of installations and users, but alas is also shrinking rapidly - about 43% in just last 2years according to IDC, Forrester and every other reputable and considered objective Market Research Firm and Mobile analysis institution in USA and Internationally.

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Bookstore sells some data centre capacity, becomes Microsoft, Oracle's nemesis

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off topic Trevor Pott

All the bluster you exhibit Trevor Pott, still does not articulate what are the proven "factual" technical charactistic you see Microsoft Windows as having over Linux, e.g. Redhat Enterprise Linux.

Crass distractions of comment do not make any difference to "credible" technical comparisons, and I truly believe that you have thus proven to be a Microsoft shill.

Kill the messenger when you cannot address the message! eh

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comments without any technical merit

Commentor "aitor 1" suffers from the same inability as Trevor Pott in not being able to articulate - technically - just what are the supposedly "inferior" ( and superior) qualities of Linux in comparison to Microsoft Windows in statement ..." Linux is in many ways inferior to windows and in many other ways superior,"

The Register is a technology blog, not a social media, and the article author and aitor 1 must make statements based on technically proven merit, otherwise the discussion/conversation degenerates into crass personal opinions only, many times ill-informed.

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glaring propaganda of promoting Microsoft article

It would be informative if the article author - Trevor Pott - would spell out cearly exactly what is the superior technology that Microsoft posesses in sentence -- ...."Will the superiority of its (Microsoft's) technology"...

Microsoft enjoys only about 10% of global Cloud Computing Services, compared to 28% for Amazon AWS and approximately 45% for various OpenStack Cloud based vendors - according to report by Synergy Resarch Group, whose results corrolate closely with other reputable findings. Azure Cloud services have become quite dependant on integrated Redhat and Ubuntu Linux Server solutions in order to run "Docker" Containerization and Hadoop Big Data Analytics that are mandated by it's customers. The company is also dependant completely on FreeBSD networking stack just to run it's networking infrastructure, and is basically non-competitive with Enterprise Linux which runs not only all USA and international banking and Financial Services firms, but NASA and aerospace industries science, research institutions and Top500 most powerful supercomputers on earth, as just a few examples

Google, Fcebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Android Mobile Operating System (OS) , ChromeOS, commercial Drones, Rasberry Pi, Apple – the list is endless, has no reliance on Microsoft technologies.

As Mr. Pott admitted in article, Microsoft is a no-show for competitiveness in any aspect of Social Media and Mobile computing, including Smartphones, tablets. Even Chromebooks are greatly outselling every make and model of Windows Laptops in last 3 years of Amazon end of year seasonal shopping.

If Pott is referring to the Desktop, which is dimishing rapidly then he also needs to explain technically just what is the superiority of Windows 8/10 over Apple OS X and Ubuntu/LinuxMint.

Trevor Pott has demonstrated that he is merely a Microsoft shill, promoting his heroine company to a modern audience that sees right through the hype and crass propaganda.

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Feeling abandoned by Adobe? Check out the video editing suites for penguins

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clarification

It is unclear whether the article auther is indicating that large Movie Studios are or are not using rendering farms run almost exclusively on Linux.

I attended presentations at IBM HQ in New york City where "executives" from Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), as well as Disney Studios (before purcgasing Lucas Film/ILM ) when they confirmed conclusively that "most all" (impression was that maybe 90% or more) of their video rendering farm work and video creation (modified Linux code to proprietary) was Linux based.

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Lenov-lol, a load of Tosh, and what the Dell? More bad holes found in PC makers' bloatware

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Will there ever be a reasonably secure Windows computer?

The really sad part about this security dilemma for consumers and business alike, is that the vulnerable 'bloatware' is being distributed through the manufacturers themselves, making it child's play for crackers to exploit all these machines.

Combine this blunder with standard broken security in Windows, including Windows 10 and the situation will be like NASA saying "Houston, We have a serious problem".

I also notice that every comment indicating alternative use of Linux brings several 'thumbs down' votes. Interesting how the simple-minded Microsofties on this form never address the 'real' problem of Windows' cronic vulnerabilities, including even through 3rd party (manufacturer) bloatware, but are quick to register negative votes on a Linux (substantially more secure and robust) OS alternative solution.

A naive, sick group, to say the least.

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Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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The Windows (Stockholm) Syndrome.

It is difficulty to admit, but I have no sympathy for those that "voluntarily" use Windows, but suggest antacid for those forced into the act, and complete bewilderment at the naivete and stupidity of all persons, organizations, business and governments that pride themselves and relishment pain in having Microsoft Wndows cost them significant $$dollars to operate with great loss of productivity.

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