rjdohnert rjdohnert You will never know success until you know failure

Niner since 2004

37 year old professional IT consultant and Linux distributor.  I live in North Carolina for now.  Tech enthusiast and speaker.


  • Windows 7 New Taskbar - An Overview

    Personally, I like Windows 7.  It screams on an older machine I have so I do think Microsoft has gotten it right.  Will I use it outside of beta?  Probably not.
  • Countdown@​PDC: Day 2 Recap

    Somebody quick, grab me one of the branded yet blank External hard drives.
  • Brian Keller and Dan Fernandez: Name this Show!

    This Week in Tech:  Just kidding.
    I like C9TV

    jeffsand wrote:
    Coffeehouse TV.  Smiley
  • Jim Allchin: It's time - Windows Vista RTM

    Happy retirement Jim
  • Five on Nine - Pilot Episode

    Great shpw Rory, lets keep it around.
  • Rory Meets Da Team

    Welcome to the team Rory.  I have high expectations of the work you will do.
  • IView at Microsoft: Meet the Team

    I was at the Red Hat HQ here in Raleigh a few days ago and was surprised how much Windows and Mac I saw up there.  Sure way more Linux was in there but you have some of the alternatives. When you develop products for each of the platforms you are bound to have some mixed environment around. Just like Im sure Apple has some Windows and I know Yellowdog Linux in their HQ.
  • London Niners: Tour, Drinks and Debate

    Great video Charles, Sabot I may take you up on the tour of London one day.  You have a nice family, cherish it, dont take it for granted my friend.
  • Rory Blyth: The Exit Interview

    Rory Blyth. C9.  That is a major win.  Bigger impact than Bill Gates retirement announcement.
  • Bill Hilf: Open Source at Microsoft

    Do you have any hard data to prove this would be more profitable than their current model?

    ZippyV wrote:
    About that little Windows kernel cd Can individual students buy it or does the cd stay at the university?

    2nd question: Can Microsoft convert their donut model to the Redhat model? What could be the impact of those changes?
  • Bill Hilf: Open Source at Microsoft

    RHEL is one oif the standards, I was actually suprised he wasnt running Ubuntu or Kubuntu, Kubuntu being the better of the two of course.  BTW I did load SimplyMEPIS 6 on the advice of corona_coder on a test machine and had nothing but problems.  Its  not very elegant, its like two steps back to Kubuntu.

    Xaero_Vincent wrote:
    rjdohnert wrote: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.

  • Bill Hilf: Open Source at Microsoft

    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
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