Plus: Microsoft to dump support for Cortana on iOS, Android phones
I wish they'd dump it on Windows too. Nobody wants Clippy 2.0 on their computer. Nobody.
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So it seems that Jeff Bezos is trying to have a pissing contest with Elon Musk to see who can launch (heh) an LEO Internet Service first. I think my money is on Elon Musk because he's already a spaceman. (But then maybe Mark Shuttleworth should do one, because he's a spaceman too!)
Who am I rooting for? Donald Kessler, of course. I would *love* to see a cataclysmic chain reaction of satellite and debris collisions that takes all of this stuff out of service while creating a beautiful cascade of "shooting stars" every night.
It's hard to feel sympathetic to anyone who chose to purchase a computer without memory protection and then expected a multiuser workload to operate on it. Even the most primitive operating system of all time had the "General Protection Fault" exception. The most I was ever able to damage my uni's computers was with a fork bomb, but that was on a line of computers on the Sperry side of Unisys, not the Univac side.
(My university was in Pennsylvania, you see, and at the time there were rules about universities having to buy computers from vendors in the same state if possible. Blue Bell, Pennsylvania was home to Unisys.)
At a university, one is not exactly likely to have the best of the best in terms of system administrators. This is the stuff of legend, after all. But at least this was back in the old days when universities actually taught something.
Now, would be really clever to get UWP to work in a sandboxed environment on Android, Linux and MacOS
Right. If Micro$oft were to abandon Win32/Win64 and require all user-facing apps to be written in UWP, the *one* benefit would be that it would be a more well-understood target to emulate on other platforms.
You just know that M$ is dying to disable user-installed software and force everything to be loaded through the Windows Store. Windows 10S was a test shot, but they'll try it for real someday, especially if they are forced to follow Apple into the ARM world.
Windows is the desktop. Thankfully, they've failed to monopolize everything else. Linux rules on servers, clouds, and infrastructure. iOS and Android rule the mobile space. No one runs Windows Server anymore except to run Microsoft's own server software.
So what we really want is a desktop. A plain, simple desktop. Give us the Windows 95 UI, and a stable kernel and libraries, and GET OUT OF THE WAY. We don't want Cortana, OneDrive, Edge, Search, or any of that other stuff to be inextricably linked to the operating system.
The elimination of "wrongthink" words by the cancel culture mob is no accident. George Orwell correctly pointed out that "if thought can control language, language can control thought." The mob (or more accurately, the masterminds controlling the mob) are removing words to *literally* make it impossible to say things that don't match their preferred agenda.
As an open source developer I will continue to use technical jargon as technical jargon, irrespective of what someone in the cancel mob thinks it means.
All of the cloud and cloud-native talk has nothing to do with it. The *one* enabler for ARM is open source software. When entire ecosystems are available as source code, you can recompile them for another architecture. Full stop. It has nothing to do with cloud and certainly nothing to do with AWS. A private cloud or even an on-prem data center can move to ARM just as easily *if* the source code is there. If the move to ARM is a win, that win is credited to Linux and Open Source alone.
I noticed around the end of the day (eastern USA) that I wasn't able to get to a bunch of Internet sites. I just assumed that systemd-resolved had b0rked itself and I'd fix it later, but when I came back to the computer in the evening, everything was fine. I use the 188.8.131.52 DNS resolver, which is operated of course by CloudFlare. I guess I'll just have to set up my own DNS resolver that talks directly to the root servers.
Enough with the hysteria. The leader of the United States is charged with doing what is best for the people and economy of the United States. If a policy is turning out to be ineffective, you change it. Sometimes you have to try several until you find the one that works. This is simply good leadership. This is what you get when you have a CEO in the white house instead of a lawyer. It's unconventional but it shouldn't be.
Honestly, most of us thought that Citrix was going to die years ago when they licensed their core asset (multiuser remote Windows) back to Microsoft for inclusion in the main product. They've managed to stay scrappy since then. Now they're doing the same thing again. There is, of course, the assumption that the whole world wants everything to reside in a hyperscale cloud (Microsoft or Amazon). I assure you it does not. What the hyperscale overlords call "on prem" is increasingly NOT at the customer premise, but in a smaller hosting provider, often in a private cloud that has a more predictable cost model.
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GPU support is nice for non-graphics applications but it would be even more useful for actual graphics. How about giving us a Wayland compositor that writes directly to the Windows desktop? Suddenly WSL would be light years ahead of all the tools that try to get X11 windows and Windows windows sharing a desktop.
Microsoft is a niche product in the server market, no sane hardware manufacturer would arrive at the conclusion that a compulsory secure boot is a good idea.
Correct. It is rare for Windows Server to be deployed nowadays for any reason other than to run Microsoft's own server programs (Active Directory, Exchange, Sharepoint, etc). And with Microsoft trying as hard as they can to push everyone to their cloud-hosted versions, one may wonder what future there is for Windows Server at all outside of Microsoft's own data centers.
Linux has become what Jim Allchin envisioned Windows becoming during the darkest days of the monopoly: "the fabric of standard computing".
As for VMS and so on -- some years ago in the NT world Microsoft had a POSIX compliant kernel down there that was actually really useful. For a brief moment in time there was an actual OS down there. That got superseded buy Heaven only knows what.
In the original version of Windows NT, the Win32 subsystem was one of three (Win32, OS/2, and POSIX) that sat on top of a microkernel. But then Microsoft went and loaded all of their bloat into the Win32 layer instead of continuing the proper microkernel architecture.
This is ironic considering they should have learned from their mistake of bloating Win16 on top of MS-DOS.
"Q3 2020 would be super-busy with post-lockdown catch-up jobs" ... and it may even be true, but those jobs are all going to be in India. It's a shame that anyone still trusts IBM to do quality work when they're just shipping it all offshore to be done by people who work for 10% of the cost but only produce 2% of the quality.
Another problem is that they make it very difficult to get "only" Internet. With most cable and fiber providers, the cost of buying only Internet service from them is often *higher* than the cost of an Internet/TV/phone bundle. So you have to allow that sewer main to empty into your living room (that's what television is, really) and take that POTS line that no one ever uses anymore. I know people who take the bundle because it's the cheapest but don't bother renting a set top box because they don't watch television.
If you're lucky enough to have two providers on your street (say, a legacy cable and a legacy telco) then they at least have to compete with each other for your business. Hopefully in the not too distant future the competition from fixed wireless will get stiff enough to tame them down a bit.
Perhaps one reason Win32 and its associated UI toolkits have persisted so long is because Micros~1 doesn't change it every couple of years like they do with all of this modern/metro/whatever tat. WinUI 3 may become obsolete in a couple of years, but Win32 and its UI toolkits will still keep working. After all, the vast installed base and library of Win32/Win64 applications running on Intel/AMD x86 is the primary value proposition for Windows.
And anyway, if you're going to build a UI using an abstraction layer, why stop at Win32 and "modern"? Why not choose one that can also build on Mac and Linux?
When I hear "I was wrong, I learned I need to change" from someone who's been abusing someone else for so long ... all I see is a wife-beater saying "Don't go, baby, it'll be different from now on." It's still an abusive relationship, and it always will be.
If there's any reason Micros~1 "loves" open source now, it's because they're slowly moving everyone into their NEW monopoly: the "Microsoft 365" and "Azure" clouds. Those who take the bait will continue to be abused.
Sh*point, Teams, OneDrive, Exchange, and now Yammer ... sorry Microsoft, but your dandelion farm of collaboration tools means I can't find something when I actually go to look for it. These tools are where information goes to die. I've fallen back to just putting stuff on the file server again.
Wait ... are they disabling IMAP access to Gmail completely? I run my own mail server and I don't use Gmail for anything, but I do use an IMAP fetch program to scrape my Gmail box, for those occasional twits who assume that your email address *must* be email@example.com
If that's going to stop working ... damn ...
"In the cloud" can evolve. In a world where monsters like Microsoft and Amazon are trying to suck the entire universe into their clouds, it is better when such tools can be launched inside a container, and the customer can run the container anywhere. This makes it private, portable, and controllable. Say no to Microsoft and Amazon.
It's actually a pretty decent terminal program, and I like that it has a dialing directory just like every other terminal program. Would be nice if we could fire off RDP and VNC sessions from the same terminal. One thing I don't like about it is that when you copy text from this terminal and paste it elsewhere, it brings along the color and style used in the terminal -- most of us just want the plain text.
Interesting that they made it open source. I wonder if it's possible to port it to Linux and Mac, so those of us who use multiple platforms can have the same terminal experience everywhere. I'm getting awfully tired of trying to remember whether paste is Shift-Insert, Ctrl-V, Ctrl-Shift-V, or the right mouse button on whatever terminal program I happen to be using right now.
The font they built for it (Cascadia) is interesting. I've been using it as my terminal font on both Windows and Linux. The low height of the cross-strokes reminds me of the look of fonts on old 8-bit computers.
20H1 is notable for the inclusion of a Linux kernel in the form of the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2. Where WSL was a compatibility layer, WSL2 uses a lightweight virtual machine to boost both compatibility and performance for Linux
I can do even better! My machine is running Linux on bare metal! No need for a bloated unstable copy of Windows wrapped around it.
Under the covers the big change in version 1.0 is the switch to the GTK+ 3 library.
They should have just gone the extra mile and switched to Qt. I know, it's not easy, but the energy behind GTK+ as a cross-platform toolkit is waning, while Qt was, and still is, designed for exactly that purpose. Wireshark, VLC, and other popular cross-platform software tells the compelling story.
GTK+ on Windows and Mac is kind of an ugly hack, and still carries a lot of weird GNOME-isms with it. In the words of Gollum: "Curse the de Icaza, we hates it forever!"
Remember when the export regulations on "strong crypto" were relaxed? That happened because the government became able to break it in real time. If quantum computing (or anything else) brings us to a world where encryption is breakable by anyone ... you can rest assured that the government will make all encryption illegal again. Because only terrorists do that, or something.
Xamarin, and its predecessor Ximian, were always part of Microsoft. Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman were Microsoft saboteurs working inside the Linux and Open Source community. They derailed the ascendance of KDE as the universal Linux desktop by introducing GNOME and spreading trolltech FUD, and then they derailed cross-platform development by tainting Linux with Microsoft .NET
Those two have been on the Microsoft payroll since LONG before it was official.
You've clearly never tried to run an SMTP service on IPv6 and assume all end users have some IPv6 capability.
What, there are people not using gmail? <<snicker>>
Seriously though ... my mail server is dual-stack and I find that the majority of email that arrives via IPv6 is coming from the big providers (gmail, yahoo, microsoft etc). Pretty much anyone who doesn't host their mail "in the cloud" is still on IPv4-only. I suppose that's a blessing for now, because the majority of the spammers are still using IPv4 as well.
The way you migrate the world from IPv4 to IPv6 is to start moving *consumers* away from IPv4. My T-Mobile service, for example, gives me native IPv6 and NAT IPv4 over a 4-6-4 CGN tunnel. Once the masses are all on IPv6, service providers will want to start providing that native IPv6 support.
(As a side note ... you'd be surprised how many people believe that it's illegal to run your own mail server, because they know that Hillary Clinton got in trouble for it; they don't understand that the email server itself isn't what got her in trouble.)
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