Archive | June 8, 2006

Lenovo flip-flops on Linux support

Slashdot post: Lenovo Backtracks on Linux Support Statement. After a report that the company would not install or support the Linux operating system on any of its PCs, morcego writes “Looks like Lenovo decided Linux is a good idea after all. From the article: 'Lenovo executives Monday backtracked from remarks last week that the company would not support Linux on its PCs, saying it would continue to pre-load Linux onto ThinkPads on a custom-order basis for customers who purchase licenses on their own. In addition, they said, the Raleigh, N.C.-based company was working behind the scenes to boost its Linux support in conjunction with the expected July release of the next version of Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.'” Cool!

Microsoft leaps to nearly 30% of web market, Apache down to 3/5ths

OSNews points to Netcraft: Microsoft Continues to Chip Away at Apache's Lead. “Microsoft continues to gain share in the web server market, chipping away at Apache's commanding lead. The number of hostnames on Windows servers grew by 4.5 million, giving Microsoft 29.7% market share, a gain of 4.25% for the month. Apache had a decline of 429K hostnames, and loses 3.5% to 61.25%. Apache's lead over Microsoft, which stood at 48.2% in March, has been narrowed to 31.5%, a shift of 16.7% in just three months.”

Wow! That's a phenomenally large shift in a short time period. Looking at the historical graph, the speed of changing is unprecedented. Even with the large shift of parked domains, there's something interesting going on. Did Windows Server 2003 R2 deliver some new compelling feature that caused several large hosting providers to shift over? Did they get a killer pricing deal?

Daily Windows swipe…

Microsoft Watch from Mary Jo Foley reports Another Windows Vista Bites the Dust. “Microsoft has cut PC-to-PC synchronization from Vista. Vista Beta 2, which is slated to go to as many as two million testers, does not include the P2P synchronization technology. Quality is the reason for the latest cut, Microsoft officials said.”

Meanwhile, Computerworld Breaking News reports Microsoft to tweak key Vista security feature. “Microsoft will change a key security feature in the Windows Vista User Account Control to make it less cumbersome for users.”

Amazingly, this will appear in “Release Candidate 1” which has slipped to August 25th. I'm astounded that they could get to this level with features as clumsy as this.

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