09.30.10

Not So Keen on KIN2K (Vista Phone 7) and Why Windows Will No Longer Matter in a Mobile Future

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Microsoft, Windows at 1:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Amid progression and transition into a future of mobile devices Windows is unable to keep up and GNU/Linux increasingly matters on the client side; the future of Windows on “the desktop” is doubted as well

WINDOWS Phone 7, aka Vista Phone 7 (it will perform poorly like Vista and the “7″ in it is just Seven-washing), is going to fail just like many Windows Mobile predecessors. We have already summarised many indications that, in spite of half a billion dollars to be spent on marketing, Vista Phone 7 will be hardly more successful than KIN [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. It just doesn’t have what it takes to compete against Linux and hypePhone, for reasons that are easy to see (number of applications, cost, brand awareness, and functionality). The Linux-based Android, for example, is quickly moving up the hierarchy of scale, from phones to tablets and sometimes to full sub-notebooks and notebooks (Chrome OS).

“Sadly for Microsoft, the world is going light and mobile right now, sometimes Web-based too (sending workloads to the server side).”Vista Phone 7 is being mocked around the Web for being buggy and disappointing (see these two new screenshots [1, 2]). Notice the target market of Vista Phone 7 advertisements, as well. They target kids. That’s exactly what they did with KIN and we already know how that strategy went.

Sadly for Microsoft, the world is going light and mobile right now, sometimes Web-based too (sending workloads to the server side). Microsoft’s only truly profitable business is stuck on the desktop with a “fat” operating system and “fat” office suite for income. These monopolies cannot be easily transformed and ported to the mobile world. Microsoft spends so much money on Vista Phone 7 advertisements because it cannot afford to give up on this market. If everything carries on the way it already does, then Microsoft may have to split the company and spin off the mobile/Web efforts as separate because they lose too much money and might be worth selling away like Razorfish, if a buyer is found at all (more details in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8]).

Wayne wonders about “Windows As An Orphan Product” — basically a situation where access to Windows support is no longer available because of growing debt in the parent company (Microsoft has just approved debt of up to $16 billion).

So in effect, no one really cares if Microsoft goes bankrupt. Oh, Group 5 will hold onto Windows for as long as they can. Group 5 users can be generalized as the lowest common denominator in Information Technology. They know nothing, and they don’t want to know anything. Many of them seem to think that Microsoft invented the GUI (it was invented by Xerox), and for that matter that Microsoft invented the operating system. The Rednecks of the computer world, they’ll happily put up with virii, bad drivers, spam, just as long as they can hold onto their wonderful Windows for as long as possible. They are also the least honest. Everyone else was either willing to pay for their OS, or willing to search for a free one. Windows Desktop users would rather hunt for a crack, so that they can keep using their drug.

A migration from Windows to desktop GNU/Linux is very trivial these days. This good new post mirrors my personal experience, having recently migrated some people from Windows XP to GNU/Linux (PCLinuxOS).

Today at the dinner table my oldest, Paige, blurts out that she cannot use Windows. Not sure I was hearing her correctly I asked her what she said/meant. She indicated that her friend down the street had a computer with Windows 7 and that she, nor her friend, could figure out how to get songs off the web (legally) or off my daughter’s media player (sansa fuze) and onto her friend’s system and media player (not sure what she has).

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What does this say to me? Windows 7 obviously was not made for her. Even more, I throw this in the face to all those who say Linux is not for the masses. Bull crap. It’s not that Linux is difficult, it is that it is more often than not different.

One possible corollary is that children should be introduced to GNU/Linux at a young age. This is something which Microsoft and Bill Gates will not permit as they turn schools into their private indoctrination facilities, which just happen to be funded by taxpayers for Microsoft’s own benefit. Later this week we will publish a long post on the subject.

Many Windows Servers Being Abandoned; Minnesota Goes the Opposite Direction by Giving Microsoft Its Data

Posted in America, GNU/Linux, Servers, Windows at 1:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: At a time when Windows crashes a lot, falls under the control of crackers, and contributes to suspension of airlines, Minnesota tactlessly decides to put all its E-mail on Microsoft’s own Windows servers

A LOT of the world is moving away from Windows rather than move to Windows. Even Microsoft is moving from Windows to GNU/Linux in the sense that it has just signed a submissive deal where Microsoft agrees to hand over 30 million blogs, putting them all on GNU/Linux rather than Windows:

Microsoft has entered into a partnership with Automattic, which is owned by WordPress developer Matt Mullenweg.

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On its Windows Team blog, Microsoft praises WordPress’ “impressive capabilities” with regard to scalability, spam protection and configuration. Rather than investing in its own service, Microsoft has opted to offer its customers the WordPress.com blogging solution.

So, expect some hardcore Microsoft supporters who actually used Microsoft as a blogging platform to find themselves having to eschew Windows and embrace freedom. It’s the only option given here.

Relying on Windows servers is difficult for a plethora of reasons, one of which is security. There is currently big trouble with Stuxnet [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15], whose progression we find out about in The Register:

The infamous Stuxnet worm infected 14,000 systems inside Iran, according to new estimates.

The sophisticated and complex malware was tuned to infect supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems that are used to control power plants and factories. Stuxnet was tuned to attack specific configurations of Siemens Simatic WinCC SCADA system software. The technology is used in industrial control systems in power plants, oil pipelines and factories.

Another problem to be experienced with Windows is stability. There were many examples recently where even Microsoft itself was unable to keep its servers up [1, 2, 3] and it is said that an airline has just been downed again due to Windows (service was down for one day, but no plane crashed as a result [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]).

As usual, the failure was put down to “hardware”. Chuckle… How long does it take to replace a failed drive, folks? Is 21h a new record??? No. The failure was software and they used that other OS. It’s just not reliable for mission-critical stuff. The system was supposed to have automatic fail-over in case of hardware failure. Nothing worked as planned.

The LSE switched to GNU/Linux. Maybe airline reservations will as well. How about you?

For information about LSE see [1, 2, 3, 4].

A reader of ours was mystified to find that despite Windows’ poor track record, someone in Minnesota decided to 'pull a Bush' and let Microsoft handle state E-mail, thus ensuring no privacy and low availability. Who would make such erroneous judgment? It already appears as though the person responsible got ousted, but Minnesota’s problem remains. It’s not exactly shocking given that Minnesota has already subscribed to the American EDGI scam [1, 2, 3, 4] and let Minnesota schools be hijacked by Gates. Still, this is something which can be corrected if enough people protest. Deals with government need to respect the taxpayers after all.

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