My guess is after a SSD upgrade, Windows XP runs OK on these machines because the first computers pre-installed with Windows XP were released in 2001. Average machines of that time period had similar performance specs to these low-powered systems.
Remember Windows XP's minimum system requirements are only a 233 MHz CPU with 64 MB RAM.
I was kind of hoping that the discussion would have been a tad more technical.
I would have liked to have known a timeline for Moonlight development and what features in Silverlight spec it will support.
One thing to point out, though:
Miguel is right about people's perception of Microsoft. I think people's negative connotation towards Microsoft stems ultimately from buisness practices and not the technology behind their products. For the most part, Microsoft has proved it can now build decent,
The open source community is overally critical of Microsoft because of their market position and influence in the industry, which has made it astronomically challenging for FOSS technologies to a gain a foothold and adoption. Most notably, however, is Microsoft's
IP threat to FOSS community and its ability to inflict a mortal blow; for that reason, Microsoft has positioned themself as the corporate villian to FOSS--second only to SCO, who have already litigated.
Thats purely subjective and expected from a biased employee.
2. Your opinion has been noted. Considering that this is a desktop app, and considering that Linux and FreeBSD have extremely little desktop market penetration, I don't think it's a big deal. And OS X users are used to being left out (I know - I'm one of 'em).
Thanks for noting it. If Linux and FreeBSD werent so insignificant, your excuse would be as vague as your remark about Mac OS X, correct?
This seems to be Microsoft's answer to Google Earth and quite redundent if you ask me. The only difference seems to be that Virtual Earth 3D integrates into Live Search as a web service; whereas Google Earth is a client app?
Google Earth now has the major advantage of natively running on Windows, OS X, Linux, and FreeBSD.
You forgot to ask him one of the questions that matter. Whats the Linux distribution he uses? Good interview, Bill is a good guy and its good to see him back on C9
He was using RHEL 4 on his iMactel. I am sort of surprised he wasnt using something newer and better like SLED 10.
Anyway this video was pretty good. His "donut" theory is spot on at describing the open-source buisness models. Hilf also mentions hybrid licensing that companies like Trolltech use. His position is clearly with Microsoft on which platform to deploy on and
its true that most major open-source software runs natively on Windows. For the rest, there is Cygwin and Unix services for Windows.
I think its important to note that Linux is also a great platform to develop on. Mono brings Microsoft's .NET and C#/VB facilities to Linux; Java is still a good platform to develop with. Not to mention the heaps of other languages to use like C, C++, D, Python,
Perl, Pascal, Ruby, RealBaisic, Euphoria, Lisp, etc. Linux is fairly good at running Windows 32 and MS-DOS applications as well. But hopefully someone will devise a way into run Windows .NET applications under Linux/*nix in the future.