The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.
Lia De Cicco Remu, the director of Partners in Learning at Microsoft Canada, believes pencils, paper, and chalkboards are all outdated methods of teaching. If De Cicco Remu has her way, “inking”, or using a stylus and a tablet, will be the new handwriting. Also, kids need to have the appropriate products–all Microsoft, of course.
HP is having another go at selling Linux-based laptops with a new line of low-cost notebooks based on Ubuntu Linux, which it will sell in the UK via online retail giant Ebuyer. The laptops will be available from the end of the month. The laptops, which will be priced between £200 and £300, will have 15.6-inch LED displays and one terabyte hard-disk drives, as well as four or eight gigabytes of memory and quad-core AMD microprocessors of varying performance, depending on price. The official tie-up between HP and Canonical means that the operating system is certified for all of the laptop’s components.
In yet another sign that Microsoft is a very different animal these days, the company has released PowerShell DSC (desired state configuration) for Linux. PowerShell DSC is a server configuration tool that has hitherto driven Windows Server boxen. But Microsoft’s now decided it has a “commitment to common management of heterogeneous assets in your datacenter or the public cloud”, so has added Linux-wrangling features to the tool.
Windows 7’s dominance of the desktop shows why Microsoft will make users of the OS its first migration target for Windows 10 upgrades. But with Windows 7 still growing, will users want to make the jump? The XP experience shows that without a compelling reason to upgrade, plenty of users are very happy to hang on to operating systems that may not have all of Microsoft’s newest baubles, but do get the job done.
In January Linux’s market share was 1.46 per cent. If that growth holds, Linux could be at three per cent by Christmas, by which time it will probably be ahead of Windows 8.