Linux ready for the desktop? Show me productivity first.

ZDNet has an article titled Linux Ready for the Desktop. While I do enjoy Ubuntu quite a bit (at least on one desktop) and I would never doubt the usefulness of Linux on a wide variety of machines, my concerns over open source systems have become more widespread with issues about forks. Linux is certainly a different scenario than MySQL but consider this – mySQL has been considered a viable alternative for commercial RDBMS’ for how long? It’s been around since 1994 but has only really become a force to reckon with in the past 10 years. Certain incarnations of …

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Install, Upgrade, Activate ….and repeat

About two weeks ago, my laptop was a target of a rootkit attack and even though I got it completely cleaned up, everythihng on the machine just seemed sluggish and definitely not “work-worthy” (it was taking upwards of 2 hours to produce a 5 minute video). As a result, I decided this weekend to rebuild it from scratch ( a good practice especially on notebooks every now and then), using the original Dell CD (which was XP Home SP1). I then upgraded to SP2 and everything was good. I was going about upgrading to the Pro edition. OK – I …

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