Sunday, December 30, 2007

Could Dell be moving to be more like Apple? Ofcourse they will not be using OSX, but rather Linux and more specific Ubuntu. It would be based on Ubuntu, it would not be the same thing but something of their own.
Yes, it will probably at least take a few years before they ever get to this point but can't you imagine it happening?
They are selling Dell hardware with Linux pre-installed, they are already adding little changes here and there and adding software to it. How long will it take before it is no longer Ubuntu as we know it, but truly something from their own?
Dell gets a lot of community effort so they can focus on some specific details of their OS, while we get easy access to 100% supported hardware in return.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Hey Matthew, What do you see? Matthew Szulik is leaving Red Hat and is being replaced by Jim Whitehurst. That was the biggest news for me since a while, it really took me by surprise. Red Hat was the first distro to get me into Linux; it was the one that made me a full time user. I tried others, very weird and now unknown distros like Yggdrasil, but they never stuck.

The previous CEO's at RH all carried the OSS philosophy with them, they were technical capable and although there have been some interesting strategy changes, they always stayed very 'open'. I don't know what his replacement might do or how his views differ from Matthews. Interesting times are ahead.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

The folks at OS2 World are organizing a second petition to IBM to open up parts of the OS/2 system. You can add your name to the petition list if you like this idea. At least, try read the petition page to understand what they want to achieve with this.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Last week I was able to get some hands-on with a PS3. A wonderful machine in its own right ofcourse, but I still got myself a Wii because I really believed in the concept. For me Nintendo was doing all the right things since the release of the DS (Which I also own).
Ofcourse the graphics were crisp, vast and highly detailed, but the controls were lacking on the PS3. It's totally amazing, but after a year of Wii action I couldn't even handle a PlayStation controller anymore in a decent way to keep my character alive in the game.
When I owned a PS2, there were some games that always seemed troublesome to me, like the famous GTA3. And this was confirmed when the PC versions was released and all the reviewers lauded the mouse based controls.
It must be said that some game are still excellent control wise, like GT, no problems there.