"At this point, Microsoft's long-time hatred of the free Linux operating system is well-documented — the company spent years trying to stamp out any free software that would threaten its Windows cash cow.
"And yet, Linux went on to become one of the most important pieces of software in the world, loved both by programmers for its sheer power and big companies by simple virtue of being free.
"Under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has come around and started embracing Linux and its ilk. Most recently, Microsoft made waves by announcing that Windows 10 will soon get a limited superpower to run Linux software. That's a big deal when it comes to winning over developers.
"To make that unprecedented integration between Windows 10 and Linux happen, Microsoft turned to Canonical, the 12-year-old company behind the mega-popular Ubuntu version of Linux.
"Microsoft's new love of open source and Linux is a "complete inversion" for Canonical, says founder Mark Shuttleworth — a visionary multimillionaire and a fascinating guy who became the second-ever space tourist in 2002.
"Before this shift, Canonical saw itself as "scrappy," the "rebels" fighting to put a dent in Microsoft's domination of the market, he says. Now, they're working together. And it turns out with what he calls the "trauma" of competition behind them, Microsoft and Canonical make a great team.
" "We're past that now," Shuttleworth says.
"With that rivalry behind, Canonical can start looking ahead. Indeed, Ubuntu 16.04, a new version out today, brings lots of improvements that make life easier for its many millions of users — and paves the way forward for the developers who rely on it to build the next generation of software."
Oh, brave new world, that hath such creatures in it...
Exactly the sort of drivel for which you are infamous.
Such an emergency -- the federal government going berserk -- is exactly the kind of circumstance for which the Founders considered the Second Amendment a critical necessity.
Better an incompetent, lying felon than an avowed Socialist, any day.
"The EU is poised to open a new front in its showdown with Google as early as Wednesday by announcing formal charges in relation to the company’s mobile operating system, Android. The case would represent a fresh chapter in Brussels’ efforts to combat the alleged abuses of US technology companies, and has already drawn comparisons with its clash with Microsoft a decade ago.
"Has the EU not already charged Google with anti-competitive behaviour?
"Yes, this would be a second charge sheet, known as a statement of objections. The first accused Google of abusing its dominance of online search to promote its own shopping services unfairly. Google denies the charge and the case is ongoing.
"How dominant is Android as the operating system on smartphones?
"Very. More than 80 per cent of smartphones globally use Android’s open-source system, which can be used free of charge by anyone. By contrast Apple’s own iOS operating system, used in the iPhone and iPad, represents only about 13 per cent of the market, according to data from Gartner.
"Is being so dominant illegal?
"No, but EU rules mean that Google faces special requirements not to crush market entrants because of its overwhelming market share...."
As the article points out, all this is quite reminiscent of the position Microsoft and its Windows were in a decade and more ago. Microsoft's shills are living in the past, still trying to pretend Linux is not crowding Microsoft out. Microsoft's own Azure service would be nowhere if Linux were not supported, according to Microsoft's own spokesman.
Quoting from ad:
"Hyundai leads the way by supporting smartphone technology that makes driving and staying in touch with your world simple and seamless. Sonata was the first vehicle in it’s class with Android Auto. This available feature lets you use your voice to do a variety of useful tasks from listening to and dictating text messages to finding locations and helping you navigate to your destination..."
Facebook is built on Linux from the ground up. So is PayPal. So is the New York Stock Exchange. So is Twitter. So is most of the workload on Microsoft's Azure. And so on.
Face it, Linux is going everywhere, while Microsoft and its Windows quietly fade into the mists of time.....
Finally you admit it. Windows is too large and complex, period, full stop.
It has always been possible to run Linux applications on Windows, using Cygwin. There was some awkwardness about it, but that could be dealt with. With major Windows applications becoming available on Linux/Android and iOS, is it becoming plain that Windows no longer has any reason to exist.
Horsepucky. This makes it ever more obvious that Windows is superfluous. Why run an OS based on some 60 million lines of code when 15 million do the same job more effectively?
"I do find it interesting that atheists think man is immune to natural order laws."
I'm what I suppose Christians would call an atheist (though I don't describe myself that way -- I don't define myself by reference to what I am not. E.g., asked about my nationality, I don't say I'm a non-Portuguese.) I don't think man is immune to natural order laws, or even separate from nature; I would expect Christians to think that, since so many of them deny the reality of evolution. To the contrary, I suspect we are more subject to the natural order than most naturalists seem to assume. For example, I strongly suspect that our domestication of the wolf/dog has affected the course of human evolution as much as it has affected the evolution of canines.
This bias on Gates' part is well known. The reason given is that he wants highly educated but low-paid aliens admitted so that Microsoft can hire them. As always, follow the money...
Geez, are you an alias of the Wallybot? This sounds like the sort of nonsense we always get from the -bot.
"Open Source Preference Enables Red Hat’s Fiscal 4Q16 Growth
"(Continued from Prior Part)
"Red Hat generates more than 85% of its revenues from subscriptions
"Earlier in the series, we discussed Red Hat’s (RHT) recently announced fiscal 4Q16 and 2016 results as well as how it generates revenue. The appeal of open source as a target platform is so high that Microsoft (MSFT), known for its Windows-centric strategy, has announced support for Linux on its cloud-computing platform Azure.
"Microsoft also recently announced SQL Server availability on Linux OS (operating system). By enabling SQL Server to run on Linux, Microsoft intends to better its position in the database space, which is currently dominated by Oracle (ORCL).
In other words, Microsoft's current policy, as between Windows and Linux, can be attributed to the growing dominance of Linux over Windows in the enterprise computing space. Microsoft is edging away from Windows and toward Linux because Linux is better for Microsoft than Windows is.
"The artificial intelligence-wielding “chat bot” was set loose on the Internet last week by Microsoft, so it could learn from user input and respond to questions. Within 24 hours the company had shut Tay down, deleting her offensive tweets.
"According to news website Fusion, Tay’s problems last week began among users of the messaging platforms 4chan and 8chan. “When they discovered Tay, posters from both boards quickly got to work teaching the bot racist, sexist invective,” a Fusion article said.
"On Wednesday, Microsoft’s cute, big-eyed, Millennial-generation AI creation went live again, CNN reported, “tweeting a stream of mostly incoherent messages at machine gun pace before disappearing.” Tay kept repeating, “You are too fast, please take a rest,” according to CNN. Another tweet may explain Tay’s poor communication. “Kush!” Tay tweeted, referring to a strain of marijuana. “I’m smoking kush in front [of] the police.”
"Microsoft did not immediately provide an explanation for Tay’s reappearance. Last week the company blamed a “coordinated attack by a subset of people” for Tay’s corruption. “We’ll look to bring Tay back only when we are confident we can better anticipate malicious intent that conflicts with our principles and values,” Microsoft said.
"On Wednesday at Microsoft’s “Build 2016” developers conference in San Francisco, company CEO Satya Nadella drew laughs with a reference to the disgraced chat bot. “We want to build technology so it gets the best of humanity, not the worst,” Nadella said.
Looks like Microsoft has finally gone public with the Wallybot, and very predictably it has embarrassed the company, just as it has been doing on this forum for years.