Posted tagged ‘Linux’

MS releases driver code for Linux… for MS

July 21, 2009

Microsoft recently released code (some 20,000 lines) for inclusion in the Linux kernel.  However, look a bit deeper…  They’re all about the M$.  So it has to be capitalistic.  Keep reading and you find that the drivers make it possible to run Linux on HyperV, MS’s new toy in the server market.  Here’s a good summary of how it looks right now:


Citigroup? Red Hat? ????

April 1, 2009

Citigroup considers acquiring Red Hat?  That is the most wretched thing I’ve heard in a while.  Check out the TR post for more information, and to vote in a poll who really should buy Red Hat (or if no one should buy it, which is what I voted).  

Red Hat’s stock currently runs close to Microsoft’s in value, and if you’re a regular reader of technology news, you already know that Red Hat is arguably the biggest and most famous Linux company.  Its products are especially famous in the datacenter for speed and stability in the server environment.  Citigroup, on the other hand, is one of the more heckled stocks out there, currently under three dollars a share.  Why?????  Why would such a poor company want to buy such a successful one?  More so, why do they feel they won’t run RH into the ground the way they’ve run Citigroup into the ground?

Honestly, if anyone buys Red Hat, it should be a technology company first and foremost.  Red Hat is a highly innovative product and needs to be managed by people who understand innovation.  Also, it needs to be managed by people who understand how to sell and market a large-scale product to large-scale businesses.  Not that Citigroup has no experience with this, but I feel a company like Oracle or IBM would be a better fit.

All the same, Red Hat has done a terrific job of creating, selling, and supporting a terrific product, and I don’t see any reason they need anyone’s help.

Wubi – the painless and easy way to dual-boot Ubuntu

October 19, 2008

For some time now I’ve been wanting to delve into Linux, both for resume points and for a software dev environment  I tried Slackware and found it a little difficult to configure for a total newbie.  I’ve been thinking Ubuntu would be a good one to start with; its autoconfig is very good and it requires very little as far as setup is concerned.

Enter Wubi.  I read about Wubi on TechRepublic and gave it a try.  I must say, I’m impressed with how hands-off it is.  I know that would drive most Linux nerds nuts, but it’s great for someone who is used to plug-n-play.  I downloaded the installer ( – less than a meg) on my Win XP laptop and fired it up.  In less than an hour Ubuntu was installed on a (virtual?) partition with a dual-boot scenario.  I booted to Ubuntu and was able to get things usable (I’m writing this post on Ubuntu) within another 30 or 45 minutes.  I still have some stuff to work out (for some reason, my wireless card doesn’t fire up right at first – I have to go into the settings, delete the old settings, and reenter them before it gets going.  It’s probably something I’m not doing right though.

I just can’t describe how painless this is for someone with some good skills in configuration of other OSes.  At any rate, Wubi gets a high recommendation from me for anyone who wants to run Ubuntu in a dual-boot scenario.  I would imagine it would be an excellent way to deploy Ubuntu as an optional desktop environment in a corporate setting.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new author!

October 18, 2008

As of this weekend, we welcome mrosedale to The Signpost.  We went to college together a few years back.   I will let him share what he wants or doesn’t want you to know about his background, but I will say that I’m super excited to have someone whose professional focus is Linux and Mac support and configuration.  I’m excited to have him with us, and look forward to the contributions.

Looking for a tech contributor

October 14, 2008

I really enjoy writing for this blog, and I’m truly surprised to see how popular some of the pages (printmig) have gotten – if you Google “printmig” this blog is on the first page.  But I want to start expanding the offerings and readership, and I think the next step is bringing in some additional talent.  I’ve got a person in mind but I’m open to just about anyone who fits some basic qualifications:

– must deal with technology in large quantities daily (you don’t have to be an IT pro but I’d prefer it)
– good written communication skills
– prefer someone who can write about the open source community or other current issues
– writing demeanor must be professional; keep it clean, correct, and relevant

If you’re interested, drop me a note at bfpower @ gmail dot com.  Tell me some of your ideas and maybe include some links to some of your work.

So You Wanna Break Into IT? (Part 4 – Respect, or Respectability to be more accurate)

April 9, 2008

This is more of a general career issue, but I need to mention it because it’s sorely lacking in at least the American job pool.  There is a drastic shortage of respected (or respectable) workers.  In fact, if you are a skilled, analytical, customer-focused, hard-working, person of integrity, you are one of the most valuable (and potentially rare) assets your company has, regardless of your field.


It’s not about natural gifts – skills in your field are necessary.  A lot of work, mistakes, and severe annoyance went into my training over the years.  And I am working hard now to boost my skills into other areas of IT besides PC tech support.  Currently I am almost done with a 6-credit networks course and a 12-credit course in leadership and professionalism.  In approximately a year and a half I will graduate with my Bachelor’s of Science degree.  I read a lot of books, wikis, articles, and blogs to bolster my knowledge, and I recently got involved with Microsoft’s DreamSpark program to learn to manage Windows Server 2003.  But when it comes down to it, I do what I love, and I think it’s awesome that people respect me for it. 


One last example.  As I was beginning to come of age, I worked as a supervisor at a pizza restaurant.  I loved my job and I was good at it, and I had awesome coworkers (for the most part).  And somewhere along the line it clicked – if I work respectably, people will respect me.  I got addicted to that, and I suggest you do too.  Whether you sell widgets, manage employees, dig ditches, make pizzas, or write Web applications, you can’t afford not to be respectable.  It doesn’t mean that you will always get the respect you deserve, but at least you can respect yourself. 

So You Wanna Break Into IT? (Part 3 – Changing Times)

April 8, 2008

Let’s face it – IT changes every day.  If you can’t deal with this, you won’t do well in this field.  It’s a basic personality thing.  If you want variety and a job that always requires something new of you, IT may be the place for you.


I love that.  I need a job that will keep me on my toes and be different tomorrow than it was today.  For instance, today (a week or so before posting this entry) I came across a problem I had not previously faced regarding an Outlook 2003 form.  I used my foremost internal resource (my officemate, the network administrator) to find a solution (update: the solution wasn’t implemented correctly, but the original problem just disappeared… Go figure.  I love a challenge!).


Less recently, we had a difficult situation involving the (then) new Dell Optiplex 755.  We could not get it to work correctly with Ghost 8.0, our imaging program.  I spent about a week working on it on and off.  Finally I worked through a solution with the help of a newfound Internet colleague.  Shortly thereafter, I learned that our corporate office (which had just switched to using Dell) had worked through the same issue before I did.  I should have called them first, but I’m glad I learned from experience!  I learned a lot about editing DOS boot scenarios and creating Ghost TCP/IP boot disks.  So all this to say that new problems and new solutions arise daily. 


New techologies also arise daily.  Just ask a programmer.  I have learned a little about programming, and I find that it is a massive field with new languages constantly emerging, and new frameworks and techniques to write those languages also emerging.  Check out this quote from


The range of tasks and streams within an IT career is huge. It is expected that in one’s working life three separate careers might be typical, and in IT one need not leave the sector at all in order to change careers!” (Source: Australian Computer Society, via 


This is great in some ways – you will always find something to challenge you, and you can network across disciplines so as to ensure that you have another spot ready if yours gets cut.  The risk of that is this – your job WILL change, and MAY disappear as the technology changes.  Be prepared to learn a new aspect of the field, or a new field.