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Not FUD: just a price list.

One of the ways that Microsoft shoots themselves in the foot is by obscure pricing on the server side. This practice has been attacked about a zillion times, most memorably by Joel Spolsky.

It’s as though the nitwits at the top of the organisation are still thinking in terms of Fighting the Voldemort Fight against Oracle and IBM. Which is fine. Both of those corporations do the same thing, for some unknown reason to do with keeping salesmen in expensive Italian silk suits.

But it doesn’t make much sense if you’re ...

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SJVN’s response to the ZDNet guy who got sick of his Linux server. Classic SJVN-styled FUD.

Now, at this point, David would point that I am a Linux guru. True, I am. [...] My Linux wizard server admin. skills, such as they are, go to my experimental servers, not my production systems.

Argumentum ad verecundiam!

Sure, just like with Windows Server, there are times a job is best done by getting down to [...] Windows’ .ini files [...].

Too bad Windows doesnt really use .ini anymore.

The immediate cause of his problem that caused everything to go haywire was a GNOME desktop ...

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I haven’t see ole Beth in a while, so I thought I’d check out how her latest prediction was going.

Almost eighteen months on (I like to give people the benefit of the doubt), she’s pretty much flunked it on the Mystic Meg Barometer Of FUD. Looking at her three market segments:

(1) The desktop.
“The next 12 months will bring a new breed of tablets and notebooks which will run Ubuntu on ARM.”

Um, no. That didn’t happen. Nor did the thin client revolution she predicted, which is hardly a surprise, because it continuously hasn ...

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An editorial—which the author labels as a “rant”—in which someone comes to their senses and decides to ditch Linux on his server.

“Why have I had it, you ask?

I’ve had it because after spending months jumping through all those hoops, and more, feeling like I had to pass through all four levels of Ninja Warrior and climb to the top of Mount Midoriyama, just to be allowed to launch frickin’ VNC in a GUI or load the backup program I use on all the other machines on my network… after all that, the stupid, horrible, nasty ...

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So when asked if and when the full source code for Android 4.0 (“Ice Cream Sandwich”) would be released, an engineer replied, “At the moment I don’t have anything to say on that subject.”

But then another said it would be available “soon,” once it was released to all devices — aka, never.

So yup, Android is still closed source.

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Yet another FSF campaign, this time about the UEFI secure boot 'issue’.

The Red Hat guy named Garrett who originally brought up the paranoia, is also linked there.

The end user is not guaranteed the ability to install extra signing keys in order to securely boot the operating system of their choice. The end user is not guaranteed the ability to disable this functionality. [...] If the user has no control over the installed keys, the user has no way to indicate that they don’t trust Microsoft products. [...] The truth is that UEFI secure boot is a valuable and worthwhile ...

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I suppose every field needs a few inadequate hangers-on. You know: the little kid in the corner who never actually did anything, but who made sure the water-bottles were full before the team went on the pitch. The fat kid on the phones. The skinny spotty kid selling tickets. That sort of inadequate person.

Rob Pike is apparently that sort of inadequate person.

You know the management suck-up at work whose sole job is to spend their life producing a meaningless scatter-graph? This “article” has one, re OSes.

You know the sort of person who comes up with Laundry Lists ...

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Courtesy of TED.

I don’t wish to waste your time by reading my drivel. In fact, I don’t want to waste your time by reading Dr Roy’s drivel.

This is rivetting drivel.

This is actually a raving lunatic on a public site who is prepared to defend Schestowitz.

I’m itching to add more … but I’d just be insulting your intelligence.

Big, big thanks to Ted.

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Oh, and btw: to all those who complain that we here don’t do FUD?

This is FUD.

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Before we start dissecting this interesting announcement, let us revisit one particular tidbit from the official Linux kernel cheerleading squad:

“The Linux driver model is different. For users, the goal is to provide the 'Just Works’ experience. The Linux model is that IHVs get the source code for their driver accepted into the mainline kernel. This entails a public peer review process to ensure that the driver code is of sufficient quality and does not have obvious bugs or security risks.” (Italics mine)

So, obviously, what this “Just Works” experience entails is, as the lkml announcement states, “corrupt linked lists ...