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08 Apr 2007

Microsoft is Dead?

In his April essay: Microsoft is Dead, Paul Graham claims that Microsoft is a "dead man walking". It's an interesting read, the basic theory being that start-ups no longer fear Microsoft because though they still have more money than sense they don't know what to do with it. Therefore the world is safe for start-ups.

He claims that Google were the first start-up to not fear Microsoft and now that they have challenged and survived Microsoft everyone else is having ago.

I don't know if I believe it, but it's not dissimilar to an essay I read about SGI. It was written by a visitor to the SGI campus who had the feeling that while the company was still making a mint, the smell of decay lingered every where. He was perplexed as to why the investors hadn't noticed that SGI was a "dead man walking". As is often the case the City/Wall Street is often the last to notice that a company is/is not going places...


Debian "Etch" Now "Stable"

Debian Open Logo

Today Debian GNU/Linux testing, code-named "Etch" has become the new stable release of Debian.

It has taken a tad longer than originally expected but it's done now, and Lenny is the new testing version of Debian. The freeze for Etch took place back in December, with a very aggressive release time table.

While Debian 3.0 (Woody) was around for far too long, Debian 3.1 (Sarge) has been stable for a sensible period of time. I've already upgraded most of my production boxes to Debian 4.0 (Etch), just my home server remains on the old version.