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The Art of Release

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| This represents one of the most extraordinary, and to me somewhat unexpected,
| benefits of free software to those who deploy it. Most people would assume
| that precise release management would depend on having total control of all
| the moving parts - and hence only be possible in a proprietary setting.
| Microsoft writes (almost) every line of code in Windows, so you would think
| they would be able to set, and hit, a precise target date for delivery. But
| in fact the reverse is true - free software distributions or OSV’s can
| provide much better assurances with regard to delivery dates than proprietary
| OSV’s, because we can focus on the critical role of component selection,
| integration, testing, patch management and distribution rather than the
| pieces which upstream projects are better able to handle - core component
| feature development. This is in my mind a very compelling reason for
| distributions to focus on distribution - that’s the one thing they do which
| the upstreams don’t, so they need to invest heavily in that in order to serve
| as the most efficient conduit of upstream’s work.



Monolithic OS upgrades are so over

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| But if I can find all the drivers I need for Ubuntu then I may well make a
| permanent switch asall other issues aside I do find the regular, bite-sized
| upgrades of Linux so much more palatable. And I suspect that increasingly
| businesses will warm to this taste too. *


How worried should Microsoft be about open source?

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| Many governments are actively pushing people toward Linux, for political
| reasons. It?s not just code ownership. Ubuntu actually leads Microsoft in
| localization, having built teams in many languages ? India alone has hundreds
| of languages. Not all are official, on either a federal or state level. Open
| source lets local people deliver support for these languages. * *


Microsoft Reveals Windows Vista SP1 Will Install XP

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| Elston said not only will the move improve customer satisfaction with Vista,
| but will allow the company to focus resources on the next operating system
| instead of the flailing Vista.


Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.

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