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Vista Migration Scaring Off IT Pros

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Now more than a year out of the business gate, Microsoft's Vista operating system is having trouble making friends in the exact place it needs them the most—the IT department.

When asked, rather than express excitement over Vista's promised better security, networking features and fancy GUI, IT professionals admit trepidation over the looming upgrade and the trouble it will cause.

"Personally, I'm dreading the amount of time it'll take to upgrade each machine from a hardware standpoint—adding memory or whatever—and from an operating system upgrade. It's just time consuming," Howard Graylin, a senior technical analyst in Ridgeland, Miss., told eWEEK.

But technology professionals worry about more than the time it will take to actually migrate, but the inevitable difficulties resulting from an, at times, painfully slow user learning curve.

"I also dread the 'why doesn't it work like this anymore?' questions we'll get from users. My standard answer is, 'I don't know. Let me ask Bill [Gates] the next time we have lunch and I'll get back to you.' Well, the second sentence is said silently," jokes Graylin. "I need to keep my job."

Graylin's fears are echoed in a study to be released Nov. 19 in which 90 percent of IT professionals reported that they had concerns about migrating to Vista.

Read more at eWeek 

Uncategorized November 20th 2007

90% of IT Professionals Don’t Want Vista

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A survey by King Research has found that Ninety percent of IT professionals have concerns using Vista, with compatibility, stability and cost being their key reasons. Interestingly, forty four percent of companies surveyed are considering switching to non-Windows operating systems, and nine percent of those have already started moving to their selected alternative. "The concerns about Vista specified by participants were overwhelmingly related to stability.

Read more at Slashdot 

Uncategorized November 20th 2007

Vista Requires More Hardware Resources than Microsoft’s Windows for Supercomputers

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A new level of the absurd… Windows Vista requires more hardware resources than Microsoft's Windows for Supercomputers. Yet one operating system is designed to run on home computers while the other is aimed at the high-performance computing (HPC) market. And when it comes to the actual machines, there simply is no contest between the performance delivered by a commercially-available, off-the-shelf PC and a supercomputer.


With Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 Microsoft made the first step into the high-performance computing market, the initial stage in a strategy set up to make HPC a mundane aspect of the commercial mainstream, in the company's vision. The availability of Windows HPC Server 2008 will be synonymous with the Redmond company gaining ground on parallel supercomputers and computer clusters. Parallel computing represents without a doubt the future direction of evolution for processor architectures, with even Microsoft anticipating the tailoring of the Windows client to multicore infrastructures.

At this point in time the technology is light years away from general consumer implementation, with the market still struggling to move from 32-bit to 64-bit architectures. In fact, Windows 7, the successor of Windows Vista, will continue to be offered in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors in 2010. But perhaps the biggest challenge of a scenario involving the mainstream adoption of multicore CPUs is related to the creation of an ecosystem of software made up of parallel programs that would integrate with the new processors.

Read more at Softpedia

Uncategorized November 19th 2007

Vista SP1 a Performance Dud

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With the initial performance characteristics of Windows Vista leaving much to be desired (see our previous post on the subject), many IT organizations have put off deploying the new OS until the first service pack (SP1) is released by Microsoft early next year. The thinking goes that SP1 will address all of these early performance issues and somehow bring Windows Vista on par with – or at least closer to – Windows XP in terms of runtime performance.

Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. Extensive testing by the ( research staff shows that SP1 provides no measurable relief to users saddled with sub-par performance under Vista.

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Uncategorized November 19th 2007

It’s Time to Get Over Microsoft

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Free and open source software (FOSS) advocates need to stop obsessing about Microsoft. But, just as clearly, many of them won't, if the reactions I received when I blogged about the subject are any indication. Never mind that FOSS is a necessary fixture in modern business, or has evolved defenses that ensure its survival — or that paranoia and juvenile gestures like talking about "Micro$oft" and "Windoze" only hurt the cause. For many, hatred of Microsoft is a way of life, and they'd be lost without it.

Things were different ten years ago, when the community was a small group of hobbyists unknown to most computer users. Back then, the community was fragile, and might have been stamped out, had any of its enemies noticed it. Nor could you run entirely on FOSS without giving up functionality that users of proprietary software took for granted.

Read more at Detamation

Uncategorized November 19th 2007

Vista security threats to rise in 2008: McAfee

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Microsoft’s Windows Vista operating system will face increasing security threats, according to McAfee Avert Labs predictions for top 10 security threats in 2008.
With security vulnerabilities doubling in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) this year, McAfee expects a 50 per cent increase in VoIP-related threats in 2008. The technology is still new and defence strategies lagging.
Jeff Green, senior vice president of McAfee Avert Labs and product development, said, “Threats are moving to the web and newer technologies such as VoIP and instant messaging. Professional and organised criminals drive a lot of the malicious activity. As they become increasingly sophisticated, it is more important than ever to be aware and secure when traversing the web.”
The report points out that web 2.0 applications such as software-as-a-service, social networking sites and job sites represent a new trend in online attacks.

Read more at Business Standard 

Uncategorized November 19th 2007

Microsoft Claims Patent On Elements of Embedded Linux?

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Microsoft has long claimed that Linux violates its patents, but has refused to be specific. A recent deal between the software company and a printer maker may offer a clue.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced a patent cross-licensing agreement with Japan's Kyocera Mita.

Under the deal, Microsoft gets to add patented Kyocera Mita technology to its Windows and Office products.

What does Kyocera get? The right to use patented Microsoft technology in its printers, copiers and "certain Linux-based embedded devices."

The question, of course, is why Kyocera Mita would need a patent from Microsoft to enhance products built on embedded Linux. Is it adding proprietary Microsoft technology on top of embedded Linux?

Could be…

Or is this a case of Kyocera Mita accepting a claim by Microsoft that embedded Linux is among the 235 open source technologies Microsoft insists it owns.

Read more at InformationWeek 

Uncategorized November 18th 2007

Vista is the ugly duckling that no one wants

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Once upon a time there was a beautiful operating system that no one loved.  It was only pretty on the inside but according to many it was lacking the features promised that could have made it a true star, that operating system, is Vista.

Vista was called by one of my colleagues here at Blorge “a prettier version of XP” but that doesn’t excuse the fact that it is missing features that were promised in Longhorn, features that Microsoft failed to deliver even after countless delays.  So the question is, what happened?

John C. Dvorak seems to think he has the answer and from other articles I have read, most of the industry agrees with him.

The failure, as he puts it was as simple as Microsoft not being able to deliver the product that was promised in the first placed.  What we got was a stripped down version of Longhorn that included almost none of the features that made, Longhorn, Longhorn.  Vista isn’t even really Longhorn, it’s an off-shoot of it.

Read more at Blorge 

Uncategorized November 16th 2007

Microsoft’s Ballmer Continues to Talk Nonsense

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As if on queue, Ballmer took the opportunity to pound his chest about the alleged IP rights violations, and once again, he has yet to cite an example. This time, however, the verbal message was delivered to users of Red Hat Linux. I'm confident that users of Red Hat were quick to write a blank check (cheque) and are anxiously waiting for the US patents to allegedly get violated. You bet, right after he started allowing his household to use Google again.

They Start Suing: Who Should Be Worried? Alright, seriously, let's say these apparent violations magically appear from some dark room, located deep inside Microsoft headquarters. Who is Microsoft going to go after? Well, they would go after the businesses using the product and the vendors themselves. Red Hat has lived with this possibility for what seems like ever and they appear to be alright with it. But what about others? Only those in the US or other countries interested in putting up with Microsoft's accusations without providing needed proof have any need to be concerned. Not because of a chance of losing a case mind you, rather having their resources drained dry in a frivolous lawsuit that ends in a stalemate.

Read more at MadPenguin 

Uncategorized November 14th 2007

Poll: In a fight between Vista, OS X, Linux, XP…

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In a fight between a penguin and a leopard which one wins? The leopard of course – but when it comes to choosing an operating system, Windows XP is top dog for readers.

Asked which operating system they would use if they had a choice, Windows XP was named by almost half (42 per cent) of respondents as their numero uno.

And while that may sound like good news for Microsoft, there is a sting in the tail for the folks in Redmond. Among readers at least, the most recent iteration of Windows – aka Vista – garnered just 14 per cent of the vote, making it less popular than both Mac OS X and Linux.

Only an option for 'other Unix' gained fewer votes, being first choice for a marginal one per cent of readers.

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Uncategorized November 14th 2007