This announcement does not represent any "accomplishment" on part of Muicrosoft, and is quite laughable in technology news terms.
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This announcement does not represent any "accomplishment" on part of Muicrosoft, and is quite laughable in technology news terms.
The statement that John Gossman thinks "agility and portability are essential. You don't want to get locked in 'TOO MUCH' to a particular vendor, strategy, technology, whatever" does not indicate a sea change in attitudes and practices by (new) Microsof, since the two words "too much" are very telling in that what Microsoft thinks is "too much" cab be and is significantly different from the rest of technology industry, particularly the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) community and organizations to whom Microsoft remains extremelt antagonistic and predatory - willing to destroy.
A good command and understanding of the English language and subtle nuances of (double) speak is still required by readers of Microsoft propaganda.
The pervasive and dominant practice in USA particularly of "shooting the messenger" without any intelligent, cohrent or factual addressing of "the messege" is alive and well in this article.
Such is the state of mentality in The USA that convoluted, non-sensical and wasteful time of such articles consume so much of technology discourse.
TheRegister and ZDNet really need to attract more competent journalism
It is quite probable that "any" Microsoft licensing or independent use of "Docker" technology will in the long run not be in compliance with the Docker APIs and protocols, and maybe even ignore and challenge the Docker Open Source Licensing model.
The Windows "Docker" technology is sure to subvert and crash any Linux Docker technology, een in a supposed "cooperative" Microsoft Azure Cloud environment, with the intention of pushing Linux VM clients over to Windows Server base.
This type subversive character is and has always been the mantra of Microsoft, whether Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer was at the helm. Whether such draconian and sabotage seeking personality will change under new stewardship is yet to be discovered.
Trevor Pott needs to clarify - technically - when he claims that Virtuozzo is the "best" containerization, unless he is referring just to it's working in Microsoft Windows environment (supposedly) better than others.
I have implemented FreeBSD Jails containerization for several years, in various configurations - especially with individual ip addresses and Networking setups - with excellent results. Experience with Solaris "Containers" have similar results.
Maybe Mr. Pott has little or no "real world" experience with high level containeriztion outside his Microsoft PC playground.
Technology / business experts in several countries have speculated that the 10 designation of "new" NT based Windows has a great deal to do with satisfying the Chinese government and markets - about 500 million users - that this is a non-NSA subverted Operating System - in contrast to banned Windows 8, that will live up to a credible level of reliability and security.
It will be interesting to see if the Windows 10 for Desktops and Tablets will share the substantially improved "ResFS" File System used in Servers, but totally improbable - technically and practically - for implementation in Windows phones, in publicized campaign of “One Windows”.
However the 'tested' inferiority of ResFS in comparison to ZFS and btrfs File Systems used in *NIX Operating Systems won't change the dynamic of Windows Server not being competitive or a "viable" challenge in overall Cloud Computing, Virtualization with Containerization, and Social Media/Enterprise infrastructure and Networking implementations worldwide.
While the Apple executive is correct in stating that the task for becoming the No.2 smartphone maker internatinally is very difficult, the reality dictates that Americans always think they are the center of the universe, and have denial of the fact that Samsung, as a Korean, Non-American company overshadows Apples sales worldwide.
This therefore at least allows that a Chinese firm, with a potential market of 2 billions plus customers in Asia alone would completely surpass Apple and every other American company in Mobile, Social Media and possibly e-Commerce marketshare,
I wonder if this guy is still being paid by the US NSA Agebcy, but this time posing an an ex- employee, to serve only for false and misleading propaganda, which has shown to be obviously bulls**t.
There are several GNU/Linux distributions without being encumbered with popular Software Patent/Copyright and Trademark restrictions, and many of these are going away with Internet/WWW standards for technologies like Adobe Flash and proprietary Video Streaming formats , etc are being replaced with "Standards based" HTML technologies.
Furthermore, China, like several other countries may not and probably do not accept or honour "software" patents" in operating systems and Internetworking technology considered bogus due to proven and established prior art, are, Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), and/or licensed for Free/Unrestricted use Much of the "Software" intellectual property claims serve only to control and maximize incomes from theuse of technology, mostly by draconian business practices of predominantly Western nations.
The commenter "hammarbtyp" is either completely ignorant about Linux Free/Open Source Software (FOSS), and much modern day proprietary software development or he/she has to be one of the most stupid Microsoft shill to ever comment on technology media.
There are TENS of THOUSANDS of professional class applications that presently run on Linux. Let me provide "only one” perfect example - X-Tuple Postbooks accounting ERP/CRM, that is considered by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) to offer greater features and flexibility, far superior Audit Control, more intuitive and easy-to-use and many other functions than Quickbooks - of any iteration. The icing on the cake is that Postbooks can read/write to QuickBooks file formats perfectly, thus making any transition from Quickbooks or other "US/Western" worshipped software a cake walk. Many other software applications popular on Windows and Apple mac OS X also currently run on Linux, just as Postbooks does.
it was and is predictable that those functional illiterate technology followers, primarily in USA and UK would go off a cliff of sanity, common sense and reason to make every type of asinine comment and statement, with NO basis in "FACT/TRUTH" on software technology that is fast replacing software from/only for Microsoft.
Such is state of idiocy amount the Redmond tech support base.
While Lenovo may have come to dominate the quickly shrinking Desktop PC market, the company faces formidable challenges - as a Chinese company -attempting to provide critical Server data processing and data stores for US Enterprise, organizations and municipalities competing with US based HP and Dell.
Furthermore, the modern infrastructure technologies of Virtualization, Cloud Computing, Cocial Media and Mobile, Web presence are overwhelmingly Linux or BSD UNIX-like based and growing exponentially, which leave the Microsoft controlled and obedient Lenovo at a distinct disadvantage.
Cheap hardware and 20th Century software won't benefit Lenovo one iota in this new sphere.
While it has been a struggle for RackSpace to compete effectively against the behemoths of Amazon, Google, RedHat, Microsoft and a few others in the commercial Cloud Services space, their acquisition by Centurylink would be a total disaster for their Openstack infrastructure venture, since Centurylink is purely a telecomm dinosaur with little or no understanding , fundamental knowledge or experience, and particularly no appreciation or respect what-so-ever for Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) concept, development model or licensing, even in business.
Centurylink is ambivalent and resistant to even providing services to business clients running Linux or BSD UNIX-like OS, or Mozilla Firefox browsers to web services access. Very recently, a potential customer for their "Small Business” packaged services learned that Website development from the company was Microsoft ASP.Net based, with no provision for any of the more popular and robust Drupal Apache/PHP/mySQL or Python based Web Content Management (WCMS) solutions. Thjs type draconian mentality is fraught throughout the company.
Much like HP botched their WebOS purchase technology ventures, Centurylink is likely to drive Rackspace culture and innovation into oblivion.
If John Oliver's TV segment on "Net Neutrality" and the exposed background of Tom Wheeler, chairman of FCC did in fact bring about enough awareness of the potential calamity of eliminating Net Neutrality,and thus proactive national comment, then my hat is off in praise to John Oliver.
Very many experts on telecommunications and data communications who are not engaged by the large companies involved in the matter, has postulated that one of the best solutions to protect Net Neutrality is for all ISPs to be classified as Common Carriers as noted by early commenter, and thus regulated to prevent as much skulduggery as possible, .
I suspect though that these behemoths of Comcast, Verizon , Time Warner Cable and others will find other ways to manipulate the US congress politicians in their pockets, for overcoming any hazards to their continued dominance.
No matter any tactical changes in Internet governance here in America, the USA will remain behind other developed countries in providing efficient and reasonably cost use of Internet for their citizenry, due primarily to excessive greed, corruption and oppressive behavior of monopoly corporations that is an integral part of the national fabric.
A baby devouring Dingo cannot become a cuddly Cocker Spaniel.
The fact that VMWare is so well established and enjoys significant reliability and scalability capabilities as well as a sizable and strong third party applications and support base is a plus if EMC open source ESXi and or even VSphere,
The only difference then is the cost of implementation compared to present pricing structure.
it is not like Xen or KVM which started out Open Source - which inherently means substantial and immature code base/changes, small community and weal professional support organizations - then tried to grow applications and support from scratch.
It is unfortunate that World Wide Web use (WWW) has devolved for many crass and draconian purposes, but one aspect of this saga is the degree to which, especially here in USA the Internet/WWW hs been handed (almost) full control to greedy, unimaginative and devious corporations by inept political oligarchy.
The other "elephant in the room" so to speak, of the intense and serious frailties of the WWW not being discussed seriously and with a commitment for resolve is the world wide dominant use of Microsoft technologies that have no history of expertise in these type networking technologies or good knowledge and acceptance of foundation software on which the Internet/WWW is powered.
Richard Clark, US Federal Government CyberCzar and cabinet member under both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama (for first term) stated quite poignantly and dramatically that one of the most serious threats to US Cyber security and the well being of the Internet/WWW as a whole, was the pervasive but extremely poor quality, spotty reliability and (especially) horrid security of Microsoft software technologies.
Fortunately for many other countries, particularly those in G20 nations and other (economically viable) upcoming countries, their governments are securing a certain minimum of "Net neutrality", national safeguards of fitness and reasonable costs for access by the entire population as well as for business, organizations and education systems.
Most are also focusing on adherence to "Open" International and Internet/WWW protocols and Standards - away from the prohibitively limiting and expensive proprietary and "Patent Troll" infested technologies popular here in West - USA and UK particularly.
These steps by intelligent and insightful societies may be the only hope for saving Internet/WWW from implosion at hands of avaricious corporate masters and their political stooges.
Rupert Murdock's Media empire spied on the text medssages of a dead girl's cell phone, just to post sensationalist story in one of his gossip rags. At no time di he publicly denigrate such heinous behavior, or even to a degree that he spews hate on Google.
No action taken by Google or any other Internet entity have or can reach such a despicable low as that.
Kudos to Rupert Murdock for being the scumbag that he is. If Comcast or Mr. Murdock are allowed to purchase Time Warner Cable (TWC) - which already scores a "fail" (F-) on quality of Service meter, then TWC customers who do not vigorously and insistently fight these draconian behemoths potential purchasers deserve the idiotic treatment they will receive.
Dell Workstations can have all the "hardware" horsepower in the world, but by not offering - on equal conditios - GNU-Linux or FreeBSD (*NIX) as proven superior Operating Systems (OS) compared to lame Windows 8, these Workstation units remain a poor value.
The same reasons that make *NIX the only credible choices for Super Computers use (approximately 498 of Top 500 most powerful Super Computers on earth) - extreme high end graphics, unrivaled computational capabilities, speed and network thruput, also make the *NIX OS better selections for Dell's Workstations.
Dell has made exponentially bad decisions of not producing any Android Tablets or Linux based Notebooks or Desktops as "Standard Offerings", and only provdes pre-installed Linux servers under substantial pressure and duress (and ridicously higher costs). These policies and practices do not bode well for a progressive and prosperous Dell, unless Microsoft will compensate the company "fully" for all lost *NIX revenue due to these draconian business practices.
Warm welcomes to Microsoft joining the OpenGL project, as reported by Khronos Group may well prove to be premature and grossly naive, as Microsoft is unlikely to participate honestly in OpenGL graphics development by contributing anything that is not to Microsoft code benefits "only" and to exclusion and detriment of all other development efforts in the project. It is even possible that they could secund the technology outright without any license, patent or contract adherence, since any litigation against them by the Group for illegal actions would take many years and hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees to settle, which no small organization like Khronos can afford.
For 14 years Microsoft has been harshly antagonistic and vitriolic towards the OpenGL technology project and now they want to be equally participating (and non-contributing) pals! How simple minded and stupid can many in the technology industry be? Do they not remember Microsoft's antics with the Open Document Format Organization that they joined and almost immediately attempted to subvert and sabotage the project?
Analogy: A rabies infected snake cannot become a cuddly bunny rabbit.
Ever since Chromebooks became available and started to gain substantial sales volumes in Education and corporate marketplace, certain article writers of Microsoft bent, and very loyal Microsoft commenters on The Register and ZDNet in particular, both groups of whom are technologically ignorant and incapable of understanding the targeted demographics usage of Chromebooks, have been making incessantly stupid and vitriolic comments on Chromebook technology, in most cases without any "fact based" input.
The Gartner Group, ADR , Forrester and every technology industry expert market research firm report substantiating this trend of significant Chromebook adoption has been denigrated by these doofus shills of Redmond.
Much like the quick abandonment of OEM Ubuntu Linux installs on several of their desktop and laptop models, it is not surprising, and indeed quite predictable that Dell would continue this ass about actions of totally ignoring Chromebooks with advancing technologies not controlled by their masters in Redmond. As sad tale of the extreme extent of subservience.
While the effects of a comprehensive boycott of "Western", meaning US technologies by China and Russia are unclear, many in the West would be naive and ignorant to assume that a great deal of the best technologies are actually under the ownership or control of Western powers.
For example, in software the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) products of PostgreSQL, NoSQL, MySQL, Ingres Databases, Apache and nginx HTTP/proxy servers, Firefox and Chromium web browsers, FOSS Groupware, collaboration, Office Suites, Graphics, Animation and professional CADD, Networking stacks, and many more world class software technologies are accessible to the two and any other entities.
Even the fairly excellent Sparc and MIPS CPU Chip designs, which are licensed to Fujitsu and other Asian nations are obtainable by China and Russia, and they can just as well develop to the Open Hardware specifications put forth by Facebook, Twitter and other top US technology firms.
And arrogance should not detract from fact that Huawei and ZTE of China possess very elaborate and sophisticated Networking technologies, already implemented worldwide
Boycots of US technologies will certainly not put these 2 countries in any position of equivalence in technological prowess with the West, but is guaranteed to cause significant chaos, especially if they develop their own Internetworking protocols contrary to current standards, and adopted by dozens of other Asian, African and South American countries.
Many world citizens assume that large and recognizable corporations like Adobe will surely employ the best Cyber Security and reliability technologies available. This is certainly no so, since Adobe has no history or experience what-so-ever in Internet networking, Computer security, high availabiliy and reliability and therefore probably give less priotity to such matters which are then automatically reflected in whatever technology reliability and security solutions is engaged.
Don't forget, Adobe is a retail grapgics technology firm, nothing more, irrespective of their wealth. Examine their rens od dozens of Adobe Flash fixes just in the past two to three years.
Much as Munich, Germany and Tolouse, France and several other European cities and countries that have or ae moving to Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) - whether ODF document format, Linux Operating System (OS), other FOSS Software or any combination thereof, it has been proven unequivocally that there are not only substantial $$$$-savings over being tied to Microsoft technologies, but considerable added flexibility, scalability and freedom to adapt FOSS to heir specific needs.
The UK Government now has a great deal more opportunity to move whole sections of government to Linux OS if desired, without severe headaches experienced in whole Applications/OS move at once.
If most of the European Union - 27 countries representing 400 plus million citizens - are slowly moving away from Microsoft homogeny, which they certainly are (translated as verified factual), then Microsoft should be concerned, even their UK and US club club minions will act tough in tech media, as if all is rosy.
While Microsoft may not lose any sleep over the matter, as intimated by one Microsoft loyalist, it did cause Steve Ballmer to make several trips to UK in an attempt to initially threaten against not sticking with MS Office, and then his making MS retention offerings that were obviously hollow and false.
A telling example of loss of control and income for Microsoft is State in India that is replacing more than 90 percent of it's Windows XP government and education computer systems with Linux computers. Indian media estimate that figure at about half million computers and counting. Similar actions are taking place in Brazil and other South American and Central American countries.
It is not surprising that Verizon would stoop to such low level of integrity in throttling service to Netflix customers jusst to suit their commercial gains for charging extra for bandwidth which should be minimal.
However it still remains for all the companies serviced by Netflix like Level 3, Nederkorn's ISP and others which have their customers severely negatively impacted by Netflix's actions will band together and post a strong, formal objection to the FCC, probably out of fear of retaliation by Verizon and it's status of preference and special positive treatment by FCC oligarth obedient board.
A sad state of affairs in USA, whose citizens are already receiving 2nd class Internet access at higher rates than most of the other G20 and developned nations.
So much for the "Land of the Free", the "Greatest Nation n Earth", "American Exceptionalisn" and other crass slogans constantly spewed by draconian, greedy corporations and an ignorant, naive public.
In stating that " Bezos behemoth has taken a shine to what one of its customers has been doing – a rather Microsoft-ish approach from the olden days", article writers Mellor and Clark make a poor distinction between Amazon entering the user friendly storage space as they have, and Microsoft actions in the past, which were effectively to "partner" with small technology companies and then to suddenly "extricate" that small company's technology for themselves as claimed and broadly reported during that time period, even by unimpeachable technology media sources.
Amazon did not have any similar type "business arrangement or senior partnership" with Box or DropBox, who were merely customers on AWS.
When Microsoft adopts Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies that they do not and cannot control – only because these FOSS solutions are far superior to their own inhouse development projects, it is always interesting to observe how they utilize and implement these FOSS tools, particularly since projects like Hive and Spark are not developed in a Microsoft software environment, and in most cases Apache FOSS applications run substantially more effectively and faster on a FOSS Operating System (OS) and database foundation.
Since Microsoft has adopted Hadoop as "their" standard Big Data Processing framework, will the company be updating to use Hive and Spark enabled Hadoop, and can these new Hadoop add-ons even run in a Microsoft environment?
What is so poignant about this story report is that just recently, a Microsoft Partner was attempting to pursuade a large European company office in USA to swich to Office 365 from the solid performance and reliable Zimbra Groupware SaaS service enjoyed satisfactorily for many years.
In past two years Microsoft's Cloud Services and software have proven substantially more fragile and insecure than competitor products and services, and demonstates the overall sub-standard quality of Microsoft offerings. US entities that continue to naively subscribe to Microsoft fare because it is an admired American icon will be severely burdened with second class technology for many years to come.
This commenter is obviously ignorant about and/or unaware that these Russian companies will be building their own Arm-based design reference Chipsets, so the only NSA spying functionality will be by Russian government mandate. The USA, nor British Arm Holding have any control what-so-ever over that process.
Every day I read another article about developments with technology that basically report the quickly diminishing influence and control that was once exerted as dominant by Western technology , business corporations and governments.
The Europeans (particularly Eastern European countries), Chinese and other Asians nations, South American Countries are adopting non-State owner or controlled Linux Operating System (OS) and several other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies that are currently at the epicenter of technology innovation and advancement.
What are the Western (colonial) powers to do?
Microsoft is continuing down the path of confused strategy and execution, particilarly if listening to the dysfunctional rhetoric of "loyal" Windows phone purchasers, who are obviously suffering from a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome.
This is evident by Microsoft's statement with loyalists' agreement in thinking that Cortana will be so great on Windows mobile devices that iOS and Android smartphone and tablet users will "switch" to make Windows Mobile larger than competition - i.e. switching out or reversing approx. 4% for Microsoft sales to 94% by their competition. Such stupid and sick thinking is why Microsoft is continuously flailing.
For several years now many technologists, market research firms and millions of technology users have stated basically and almost exactly what Simon Rockman indicates in this article - that consumers are less averse to changes, especially in Graphical User Interface (GUI) design and general software organization and use against what was proclaimed ad nauseam by Microsoft and their loyal minion armies in disputing Linux based computers as easy to use and viable alternative to Windows XP/Windows 7/8.1 computer systems.
I wonder if Mr. Rockman was making such statements that are contray to what he is writing here.
It is unfortunate that Apple has taken such a draconian and hostile position of not admitting guilt or being willing to pay fines even when their guilt has been proven unequivocally.
This is a dangerous and counter productive policy, and can only lead to a situation when a successful plaintif does not accept "out of court" settlement, and nails the firm to the wall for tens of billions of $$dollars as well as gaining Court Order stopping distribution and sales of Apple's flagship products.
Only then will they realize that their insane attitudes and positions have come ack to seriously and infectiously bite them in the ass.
The "car dealership" analogy is quite flawed, and the ombudsman did "not" agree with Intel plea.
I suspect that there are Intel minions commenting in tech press as well as those loyal in supporting Microsoft. Could this also be a US and UK anti-European (continent) sentiment as well?
It is not surprising that the article author noted "El Reg is of the same opinion as Dell", basically meaning that like Dell, the Register is quite skeptical of success in any Operating System (OS) Software other than Microsoft Windows - to which both entities are wedded at the neck - one by proxy and the other by marketing income.
Similar skepticism was also expressed about the newly introduced Apple iOS and Android Mobile OS in their ability to succeed. Look at Mobile OS landscape now!
It would have boon considerate if the article indicated what Operating System (OS) Software HP was running on these Apollo SuperComputers.
IBM has spent considerable $$billions in replacing most all it's older mainframe OS operations software with custom GNU/Linux OS configurations.
Since China recently achieved (for short time) the top performance for their Tianhe-2 (mainframe ) Super Computer, using the same basic Linux OS, the issue for them would be to now re-program or rewrite all their banking and financial services aplications software to Linux OS base, which is what IBM had already done for it's US customers.
As neither IBM or any other USA or other entity - business or country government has any control of GNU/Linux software code, the dynamics of control of technology elsewhere has changed significantly.
Mr. Yamamoto has to be concerned not only with Amazon expanding rapidly on Fujitsu's turf with software and Services, but with Google and the vast OpenStack and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) and supporting hardware ecosystem encroaching on their 20th century "mainframe: based non_internet technologies from which they are either loathe to or cannot extricate themselves.
The conservatism and careful steps forward taken by Japanese firms in the past toward technology may have been prudent and admired, but the 21st century has brought forth significant innovation and advancements in technology, particularly in areas like Cloud Computing, social media, Mobile computing, virtualization, enterprise Big Data analytics and vast, internationally dispersed server centers - most all of it based on Open source stands, not the outdated Microsoft hegemony to which Fujitsu seems to bound at the hip.
They cannot be competitive on current antiquated and inflexible base.
The overall perspective of Simon Rockman in this article is that of an unapologetic Microsoft shill. Even his statement of "success of the Xbox" demonstrates a purposeful ignorance and/or denial of facts since the Xbox Game console project has never been financially profitable - therefore not successful, and the most recent XBox One has been overwhelmingly eclipsed in popularity and sales by the Sony's Playstation 4, which was released several months later than the XBox One.
No doubt "any" sales of Microsoft Nokia smartphones and their Surface Tablets swill be hailed as a glowing success, even if again unprofitable and mediocre when compared to Apple and Android smartphones and Tablet exploding sales records.
Microsoft and it's loyal tech writers, and army of minions seem to know no bounds in fabricating great sales and innovative superiority over all other competitors from thin air with obvious smoke and mirrors tactics.
The article author is apparently ignorant about "real world" developments taking place around the globe, with Mozilla FirefoxOS taking hold quickly in South America and parts of Eastern Europe, as well as the imminent release of Tizen Linux based phones in same jurisdictions and North America.
Even the Ubuntu One has garnered commitments drom numerous manufacturers in other continents.
Another factor is that Tizen is ultimately controlled by the Linux Foundation., an International power-house Not-for-Profit organization, thus attracting several handset manufacturers who, like primary Tizen sponsors Intel and Samsung , will not be governed like Google does with Android.
It is critically important that technology writers, particularly those residing and focusing with a myopic view only in either USA or UK, learn about 'factually' what is taking place elsewhere.
It is quite poignant that the Register is quick and determined to point out that " these are Watt's numbers, not something The Register has confirmed".
This particular media company, as a close and supportive Microsoft partner has never reiterated such distinction when Microsoft makes claims that are not verified by any third party, independent (objective) source.
Some consistency in supposed objective reporting would be preferable to constantly reading a significant proportion of technology articles in the Register written by Microsoft shills whose prose is nothing more than Microsoft propaganda, with little or no factual technical backing.
If Microsoft has licensed Hadoop, which several of it's Apache Hadoop developers state works less efficiently on Windows server 2012 with SQL Server than on enterprise Linux and BSD UNIX-like high end server deployments, then Nadella's claims are obviously shallow and without verified technical merit.
Furthermore, all of the objective, non-Microsoft sponsored testing - laboratory and real world - on comparisons between SQLServer against Oracle 11, Sybase or EnterpriseDB show a deficit of scalability, reliability, performance and flexibility for SQLServer.
So much for continued Microsoft crass hype.
Even if this new Chip technology has all the benefits and advantages stated, which I hope it does, AMD has lost considerable ground in recent years against Intel and now ARM, IBM Powr series Chip technologies in adoption and sales by the company's frenetic suckup and embarrassing pandering to Microsoft to the dismissal and ultimate detriment of enterprise Linux vendors and their close hardware partners to AMD, while Microsoft cooperated with Intel in shutting out AMD in most of Windows deployments.
While I hope this could be a turning point for AMD Chip sales and deployments, the outreach to Linux vendors who by coincidence control most all Cloud computing, virtualization and big data analysis, "maybe too little, too late "as Intel has firmly and "consistently" established itself with Linux as a tier 1 partner and even contributed substantially to Linux kernel development.
Even though knowledgeable and astute technologists 'know' that VMWare ESXI running on Enterprise Linux in a Linux based Cloud - like OpenStack, is significantly more reliable, scalable, powerful and especially secure than the these solutions running in Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V Cloud, there are many naive and simple minded Microsoft clients who will always fall for the "easy migration", (supposedly) lower costs pitch from Redmond.
Fortunately for Microsoft there are still doofus VMWare customers who still worship and admire Microsoft enough to make the company's bait and switch crap a success. Just look at the quantity of Azure crashes and security vulnerabilities suffered in the past year compared to competitors who are infinitely larger in scale, to prove that such a move is ridiculous.
This commenter "Connor..." and 'Anonymous Coward' above him/her are particularly ignorant and obviously stupid about any Windows XP to Linux migration efforts, since every "real world" migration done so far by several countries and municipalities in Europe and South America, as well as detailed evaluations of such migrations by Merrill Lynch division of Chase Band have shown significantly less costs on the XP-linux than XP-Wint/8 migration.
When one of these doodfus people mention "your applications", they are usually referring to Microsoft Office specifically. Since LibreOffice, OpenOfice and other suites have proven more than capable and compatible for these afore mentioned migrations - about 90% to non-Office and 9% MS Office retained, there is no loss of productivity or performance. Likewise, Merrill Lynch performed a study which showed that average MS Office business user had very little migration issues - time and/or effort in learning LibreOffice to very productive degree - about 15 minutes, with proper instruction.
Many commenters on the Register, ZDNet and other media who have shown strong and illogical Microsoft bias are unfortunately the majority of ill-informed, technologically simple minded and backward thinking individuals to comment in any media.
Technology professions who attended Lenovo presentations in China recently noted that the company announced Windows 8 as the primary mobile OS going forward as result of agreement with Microsoft.
It seems ludicrous that no amount of money that Microsoft will pay a company increases it's mobile sales or popularity, or compensate for such lost or low marketshare effort of Windows 8 Mobile platform
The again, these technologists postulate that since Lenovo will rely very heavily on Windows OS and Microsoft Networking and Cloud infrastructure for the newly acquired X86 server line from IBM, such bonding to Redmond may have been a requirement.
How Lenovo will handle and compete with the significant and explosive move of most technology companies and business enterprise to non-Microsoft technologies like Amazon AWS, VMWare and KVM Virtualization and Openstack Cloud Computing Services on Linux is worth watching and waiting for a coherent, rational response from Lenovo, based on reality on the ground.
The documents that Edward Snowden leaked were "official" NSA documents, vetted by several USA and International credible Media - like the NY Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Der Spiegel and others.
Therefore any"lies and half truths" were those of NSA, and Richard Ledgett is making himself and his agency look more asinine than it already is.
What is so bizarre in connect with this announcement is that of investment by Michael Dell ventures, since Mr. Dell himself and the company Dell computers are tied at the hip and to a degree subservient to Microsoft, from Redmond's $4 billion "loan" to private corporation Dell, and the the long standing contractual agreements between the 2 companies for promoting and implementing Microsoft "only" technologies, most especially Microsoft virtualization, Big data and Cloud Computing Services, directly competitive to Cloudera technologies.
Could this be a Microsoft funded "Trojan Horse" effort for Dell to get deep inside the Hadoop/ OpenStack project ecosystem and then sabotage the project and/or secund all the technical information on Hadoop/OpenStack for Microsoft's gain?
As Edward Snowden, Tim berners-Lee and many others have stated quite clearly over the past nine months, neither the NSA, Defense Department, any of the pin head idiotic politicians foaming at the mouth or doofus political pundits who call Snowen a traitor can articulate"factually", sensibly and without stupidity how his actions make him a traitor or harm Americans more than what the NSA has done surreptitiously.
it is wise for those entities who still hold additional condemning evidence of NSA and Government in collusion with corporate wrong doing, to reveal the information piecemeal, since most Americans suffer from a sever case of Attention Deficit Syndrome. (ADS), and will forget in 10 minutes.
Dick Cheney has "never" had any credibility, and has been proven a liar, bigot and a greedy carpet Beggar, ripping off the US treasury via Haliburton.
It is unfortunate that many Americans and other citizens around the world whose innocent privacy has been heinously violated by the NSA remain so simple-minded and naive as to not fully understand the legal and Constitution ramifications of such intrusion.
Why would any Oracle products technologists who are not dopey use Microsoft Azure Cloud when Oracle supports and is a vendor of OpenStack Cloud Computing Services like "most every other technology company" in existence except Microsoft? Plus, Oracle products and services have proven, and been widely advertised as working more efficiently with better performance on Oracle's own Linux and Solaris OS and Virtualization/ OpenStack Cloud Computing Services.
The related question is, why would any entity that is a strong Microsoft Cloud and Virtualization proponent and user - meaning the full Microsoft stack - be using an extensive array of Oracle development technologies in the first place?
This strange relation between Microsoft and Oracle offers a convoluted solution to an almost non-existing problem.
It is not possible for NetmatketShare and/or StatCounter to have any credible or verifiable information on the real world marketshare of Linux, precisely since these two companies and all the Market research firms do not and cannot tract Linux replacements of Windows by individuals, business, organizations or governments. Many "foreign" government, particularly in Europe and South America have no OS deployment data available to US business. Nor have these two firms accounted for the millions (published reported) of entities using "Thin Clients" as Desktops that server Windows, Mac OS X and Linux services.
Such 'realiy' should be clearly and unambiguously stated by both these two firms and others.
In 2014 Marketshare of software - or brand hardware - use should not and in most cases does not represent the relative value of a product, in regard quality, robustness, flexibility, scalability, critical security capability or Return on Investment (ROI). Any one choosing a technology software product on the basis of popularity or marketshare is a fool
American, UK and some European countries' obsession over numbers has become ridiculous. Any person, company - like the Nobis Technology Group, organization or government who move to Microfoft IIS against Apache or nginx need their collective heads examined, since IIS has never, ever, never, ever proven to be as stable, robust, flexible and "especially" as secure as these two latter mentioned applications.
However I respect that in most democratic countries ,one has the right to make bad choices, as is so often done, purely as a result of susceptibility to marketing hype, "brand name" recognition and popularity, and personal preferences that can have nothing what-so-ever to do with sound technical knowledge or judgment. Get paid lots of money is OK initially, until the security vulnerability bottom falls out.