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[ED: So be polite. if you cannot be helpful yourself do something better than "RTFM" that is known to have endeared many new users to Linux. Stories like this will do more to get some to try to escape miind control. So just remember the problems you had as a newbie or turn them over to someone less skilled than yourself that has social skills that you lack - HC]
"Raising the caution flag:
Linux is still a maturing platform, and with youth comes uncertainty. "The [Microsoft] value proposition is always a good sell, but it doesn't hurt to back that up with a really long hard look at what the risk factors are," notes Tim Beamer, technology ... "
[ED: Be assured Windows is rock solid, and when it's not it gets fixed, and when it's fixed late it's fixed mostly right, and when it's not right it's done over until it's done right! Who could ask for anything more? Windows is a mature insecure system. It will be even better when it's fixed per incident fee - HC]
"Competing with Linux once filled Microsoft partners with dread, but now many are taking on the open source operating system with growing self-confidence -- and success. Here are the tactics for winning the fight."
[ED: Even here they note they are not winning every battle, so they buck up the troops letting know of all the Linux shortcomings and how they can Win with Win(dows). They cite some big independent sources, e.g. Gartner, etc. It's always good to know your enemies plans - HC]
For all the good the Open Source concept has done, perhaps we need to start thinking about more restrictive terms. I just rejected an article from IT Week that demonstrated the depths to which people will go to get on the train. The writer seemed to praise Microsoft's UNIX Services as a step toward killing Linux by bridging the gap.
That's why I believe it's time for a culling as GNU/Linux and the Open Source Craze draws proprietary companies to take on the brand.
I've been receiving a fair amount of e-mail from people who are sure that I don't know Linux, but their notes are really showing me that they don't know reviewing. I don't hold that against them. Few people know how reviews really work.
The world's most-visited Web property and its chief rival, Google Inc., may not make computers or DVDs, but they want to be an integral part of how people use their devices in the rapidly emerging age of digital, portable media.
LXer editor, Don Parris, responds to Scott Bekker's article, Seven Reasons Not To Bar Windows From the Enterprise". Bekker's article considers a general mistrust of Microsoft, along with more "practical" (read technical) reasons why Microsoft has not earned a spot in the enterprise workplace. If you're an enterprise customer, there is one solid reason to bar Windows, Office, and Microsoft in general from your business.
[ed: While Steven is one of our readers most popular newswire authors, he writes alot. In this case, I agree with SFN's comment. -tadelste]
Reviewer finds Ubuntu good, but not good enough
Fritz writes: Here's my conspiracy theory of the day.
Microsoft writes insecure buggy code on purpose.
Don't wait for Microsoft to fix WMF flaw
SCO out to kill SuSE
Opinion: Microsoft cannot afford to lose in their Office Productivity Suite and their influence in Government. Microsoft executives have always referred to Office as their cash cow. They cannot let the OpenDocument Format kill the goose laying the golden eggs.
Secondly, if any governments switch away from Microsoft products, Redmond would lose the lynch pin of its upgrade revenue. So, they just cannot allow someone else to become entrenched where they hold all the keys. They're playing an interesting game in these two areas which few understand.
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LXer editor, Don Parris, responds to an article by Kathleen Parker regarding her editorial, "The Brutal Blogosphere".
[ED: Pretty good write up with a nice ending - HC]
"You should look at the number of critical vulnerabilities. It's a better comparison to look at the critical vulnerabilities that affect customers due to the platform they use. There are fewer critical vulnerabilities, and they are fixed faster in Red Hat Linux," said Cox.
"There is also the issue of timing. With Linux products, critical updates are available within a day. If you look at Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3, the average patch time is under a day. With the recent critical WMF (Windows Meta File) vulnerability, it took Microsoft seven days."
Microsoft was not available for comment at the time of writing.