Discovering Redmond

Some readers of this blog know that I recently moved my family from North Carolina to Virginia. The move went smoothly and I now find myself employment with a Fortune 500 company as a project manager. Therefore, I am in both unfamiliar territory as well as familiar territory. Familiar because there is a complete lack of Linux in this entire business; which is something I’ve read about considerably across many Linux websites…and also unfamiliar because I thought that reading these same articles allowed me to know the scope of Microsoft in business. I was dead wrong.

Unveiling the Beast

How could I have been so blind? I ask myself this question often now… Other new IT Professionals finding employment in corporate America might have asked themselves the same question. My conclusion is that Microsoft is far larger than I had EVER imagined. It’s model, its business presence, its structure, and its existence in IT. Straight massive. They’re everywhere IT is…no matter how large an operation or how small it is, Redmond is staring back at you from every neck of the woods. It is so large that I can’t even get a firm grasp of every market it is in or every area it encompasses, nor every niche it has found foothold. Microsoft has a department for every new technology and every standard currently being developed. They also have the largest piggy bank in the world and they don’t hesitate to raid it.

You’re saying, “Yes, Yes, we know this. Everyone that uses Linux knows this.” Perhaps some OSS users get it. But I don’t think everyone truly grasps how large Redmond is and how far its tendrils thread out in business…a majority of Linux users don’t have the whole sprawl of Microsoft in front of them daily to allow it to ‘sink in.’

Most Linux users have to settle for reading about this “whole sprawl” at a technology website or hearing it from a friend of a friend whose brother works at Microsoft. In these situations, reading or hearing about something and actually seeing it put to action are two separate things. With this line of thinking, most Linux users may not fully comprehend the size, involvement, and area that Microsoft currently has.

Being a project manager here has enabled me to see each and every area that Redmond has infiltrated in corporate America. It’s everywhere. And not just in my company, it is also ingrained in every other company that we work with. It’s everywhere and in everything. I was flabbergasted and knocked for a loop when the realization hit me. No longer was it David vs. Goliath. Microsoft is much larger than Goliath could ever hope to be. Nay, it became a spec of dust vs. the sun.

I was completely sunk for about a day. I looked at the Linux business desktop (mainly Suse 9.3 and Red Hat) and then back to XP with all of its enterprise and server manipulation tools staring at me on my work computer and I physically dropped my jaw and slumped my shoulders in disappointment. The Linux business desktop is far inferior in abilities to Microsoft and is conversely inferior to corporate businesses because of its lack of features and abilities. I do understand that this isn’t the fault of Linux but rather, because most vendors develop third party applications to run using Windows. The lack of third party server admin applications and enterprise manipulation tools on the Linux desktop is painfully evident and completely understandable as most vendors do not support *nix desktops. I’m sure that there are many active projects in this area right now. That’s the beauty of Linux…when something isn’t present and there is a need for it, a project springs up and developers begin to remedy the situation.

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Excellent Linux Article

We’re back and getting ready to publish the final head-to-head battle between MEPIS Linux and PCLinuxOS. However, to keep everyone occupied in the meantime, I’ve stumbled across a really fantastic article published in the MIT Technology Review. If you can stand to read all 6 pages…you’ll thank yourself. The author brings out some really nice points and touches on many things that have been echoed by a couple people at and even a few I haven’t heard yet. Take a gander at that article and let us know what you think.

We’ll have the final results to our experiment sometime this weekend. For those of you who haven’t voted on the badge/icon to give to the winning distro, head over to the forums and cast your vote. Thanks again for reading Linux-Blog. I should be able to get back up to speed by next week…moving really stinks. Actually, unpacking boxes after moving stinks :p

The Linux-Blog Badge

<booming voice> Calling all of you who have read our experiment! Yet Another Linux Blog needs your assistance. </booming voice>

We’re gearing up for the final stretch where we crown the “YALB Recommended Best Linux Desktop for New Users”. The last comparison between SimplyMEPIS and PCLinuxOS will take place when Mrs.Devnet and I get to our new apartment on 16 May (or a few days after that…we gotta unpack 🙂 ).

However, we can’t do this if we don’t have a snazzy icon or badge to give to the winning distro. I posted a few badges in another topic here but they kind of went unnoticed. So, there was a poll in the forums (forums were removed in 2006) for everyone to check out and vote on.  Please help us out and cast your vote!

New Host, Same Blog

For those of you that didn’t notice…I recently migrated to an actual domain… ( has now become and host now due to a bit of traffic increase to the site. We had about 10 minutes of downtime overall today. All old links should work and update themselves automatically. If you find any problems, please let me know. Also, I do realize that there are some text oddities in older posts on the site and I’m working to eliminate these. Of course, going back through every single post I’ve ever done on this blog (and Mrs.Devnet’s posts) will take some time.

The main driver behind this move was a real life move that is coming up for us. You may not hear from us too much from around the 12th until after the 17th. Then we’ll be physically relocated ourselves. Thanks for reading and keep that petition alive!

Finals are Finally Over! Back to Linux!

Phew! Finals week for me is completely over. I’d have to say that things were a bit hectic. I’ve neglected quite a few things, mainly the new user Linux experiment we’ve been conducting on this site. But I do plan to make up for lost time. Tonight, my wife will be installing PCLinuxOS 8.1a and taking it for a spin over the next week. She’ll post a ‘first impression’ entry tomorrow sometime. I had meant to do this earlier but the server problems kept me from ‘having fun’ and instead made me pick through SQL code…which took many snickers bars and plenty of coffee.

Another topic that will come into play soon is my installation notes on a Debian install on a Thinkpad 755C. Nothing short of Linux and amazing that this laptop, which was running Win95 when someone gave it to me, is now up and running with Xwindows. Check back next week for those install notes complete with links and directions to go up. These laptops sure are rugged. As soon as I get a replacement battery, this one will become my work horse 🙂

In the meantime, I also have another groklaw article that will be coming into play during the next 2 weeks…depending on verification of a few sources and waiting on an email. Some of you might wonder a bit at why I publish articles about groklaw…if you notice, they are under the category “Great Divide” which is reserved specifically for things I think divide the open source and Linux communities. It is my opinion that groklaw does this in varying degrees. It’s not an entirely bad site…I think they have some good content…but in my opinion the site has the inability to admit when it is wrong. We’ll be taking a look at this concept with a series of articles in that category. Also, please note that I have no groklaw account; There is no political or grokwarian motivation for my writing. I write only about things I see as deceptive, injustices, or censorship…or a little bit of all.

Lot’s on the horizon! Once again, thanks for reading. If you require any assistance whatsoever with Linux or Linux Apps (no matter what distro) please visit the forum and ask away!

Back up!

We’re back…but the forum has some bugs in it…so I’ll be forced to reconstruct some of the SQL statements. In the meantime, the forum will be down for at least today. Sorry for the extended time down…things took longer than I thought they would but for good reason.

I built a multimedia machine and am installing mythTV on it. I am keeping a journal and plan on posting the results for anyone wanting to use Debian and MythTV. Look for this sometime in the near future.

As always, thanks for reading!

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