Posted by: Sam Carson | 13 August, 2007

Vista a big fat flop, and a Linux opportunity

We waited years for it, and Vista has finally arrived.  I have not used the new Microsoft OS, but by all accounts Windows Vista is pretty disappointing.  It is so bad that a Dell IT strategist was not only attending the recent annual LinuxWorld conference, but actually addressing it.

“To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it; to mess up your Windows box, you just have to work on it.”

Ouch!  The ears in Redmond must have been burning as Cole Crawford addressed the conference.  Microsoft must be losing a little bit of sleep now that Dell is offering the option of having the fairly user friendly “Ubuntu” version of Linux preinstalled on some of their units.

He said Linux is a lot more secure than Windows as it has no registry, since everything is a file, which needs permissions to execute. There is also no such thing as a DLL, which Crawford described as the second most evil thing in Windows behind ActiveX.

Linux is good enough today to run as a corporate desktop and, like any technology, does not have to be perfect, just good enough, he said, adding that even in a Microsoft environment it was possible to use a Linux distribution as a corporate operating system.

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