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July 23, 2009

Microsoft’s open-source contribution traced back to GPL violation

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 11:36 pm

(Or: Things still make sense.)

Last week — just as Wayne Rosso stopped comparing RIAA to Stalin — M$ did its own volte-face and not only stopped calling GPL a “cancer” but decided to release some 20,000 lines of code carrying the plague itself. Pigs started flying. Some of the open-source evangelists started fantasizing about Microsoft as an ally suddenoutbreakofcommonsense and the cautious ones — who suspected some ulterior motive behind the move — were declared by them to be paranoid and rabid haters.

The storm didn’t last long though, as it was later reported that the change of heart was prompted by a GPL violation in Hyper-V. Some see this as a win for GPL. Some see this as a perfect backdrop for FUD against open-source (“it’s so goddamned viral it even infected us when we wanted interoperablity”) while some see this as a failure at M$’ part for not honestly explaining the reasons behind the code release. Whichever category you belong to, it’s nice to know that swine still have their feet firmly on ground.

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May 1, 2009

The mindbogglingly low shutdown time of Windows 7

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 10:10 am

This is it. Windows 7 has hit the nail right on its head. While going through BBC’s utterly crap article hyping the new Release Candidate, I spotted this absolute gold of a quote:

Many beta testers of Windows 7 have reported that it is faster than Vista, especially in terms of start-up and shutdown sequence of the computer.

Mr Curran said that the Microsoft Windows team had been poring over every aspect of the operating system to make improvements.

“We were able to shave 400 milliseconds off the shutdown time by slightly trimming the WAV file shutdown music.”

“It’s indicative of really the level and detail and scrutiny on Windows 7.”

No other operating system in the world can have claims over this ground-breaking innovation for reducing shutdown times. I mean, it took more than a decade of research and real-world feedback for Microsoft to finally declare that chopping shutdown music will reduce the — gasp! — shutdown time as well. Who knows, maybe Windows 8 will blow everyone out of the water by discarding each and every sound found in the previous versions. We’re living in a wonderful age of technological revolution.

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May 23, 2007

Sue me first, Microsoft

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 12:16 am

Some of the readers might remember ShowUsTheCode, a campaign which started a few months back and demanded that Steve Bummer categorically list the Microsoft patents that Linux allegedly violates before 1st of May. Quite expectedly, Microsoft didn’t heed the campaign. What it did instead was to spread more FUD by insisting that Linux infringes 235 of its patents. BS? Not over yet. Users and creators of FOSS started a new campaign called ‘Sue me first, Microsoft‘, where they challenged the company to sue them for using distros which aren’t blessed by the ‘intellectual property innovator’ (namely, anything-but-Novell). In response, Microsoft issued this statement:

“If we wanted to go down that road we could have done that three years ago. Rather than litigate, Microsoft has spent the last three years building an intellectual property bridge that works for all parties — including open source — and the customer response has been tremendously positive. Our focus is on continuing to build bridges.”

It seems like Microsoft has a never-ending supply of bull-crap that’s so ridiculous per se that at some point or other people like me are bound to be left perplexed about their ability to comment on it.

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April 29, 2007

Video: Windows 95, 98, 2000 and XP simultaneously running virtualized on Linux

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 2:04 am

The idea of visualizing the history of Microsoft on four sides of a desktop cube does sound enthralling no matter how much you despise the company’s products. That’s precisely the reason why I spent a whole night trying to configure four different operating systems to run virtualized on QEMU/KVM with networking and multimedia capabilities. The results look good, especially when you have a compositing window manager to extrapolate their effects.

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Hardware Information

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo 6300 @ 1.86GHz
Motherboard Intel DG965RY
RAM 512 MB

Software Information

Host Operating System Linux From Scratch
Host Kernel Linux 2.6.21
Host Virtualization Setup QEMU 0.9.0/KVM-20
Desktop Environment Beryl 0.2.0/Xfce 4.4.1

Note: Windows 98 and 95 don’t like KVM at all, so I had to run their respective virtual machines with the -no-kvm switch.

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April 6, 2007

Customer sues Microsoft for misleading Vista labels

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 9:41 pm

I’ve just spotted this amusing story about a woman who is suing Microsoft for misleading ‘Windows Vista Capable’ labels on new PCs. According to Dianne Kelley, Microsoft has been promoting Vista as an easy-to-migrate option but the premium (see 1337) versions of the OS don’t exactly turn out to be as light on machines as they’re marketed to be.

An excerpt from what Microsoft had to say:

“We have different versions, and they do offer different features. … The Windows (Vista) core experience is a huge advance over Windows XP, we believe, and provides some great features, particularly in the area of security and reliability, and just general ease of use.”

They’re mostly right, with the slight inaccuracy in their statement being the fact that the ‘core experience’ of Vista has more to do with incompatible drivers/applications and slow file handling than security and reliability.

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January 30, 2007

Comparison: Windows Vista vs. Linux

Filed under: Blog — admin @ 9:02 pm

It’s finally here, and everyone is talking about it. Microsoft’s new operating system promises a revolution in computing, and a safer experience for its users. (more…)

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