Thursday, March 03, 2016

Linux, Desktop

I'd put this on my professional blog, but I don't feel like tidying it up.  Anyway SJVN has yet another article pumping the fact that you should move to Linux for your desktop OS, to which I commented:
The problem isn't the install (most of the time), it's the maintenance.  What would a novice user do when an update gets munged, or the boot directory fills up, or speed issues because the SDKs were written by Germans in their spare time, or their printer that's rigged up to work dies, or any of the other numerous little issues that haunt Linux crop up (and heaven forbid there's a major rev update to their Linux distribution, yeesh, that's PC Russian roulette with five chambered rounds). 
And the Interface?  Yuck.  The only time it works is with highly controlled niche builds because otherwise the style guide (if it exists) seems to mean 50 different things to 50 different people. 
It seems like SJVN has been pumping one of these articles out once every three months for years (at least since 2004 according to my notes) with Linux always being the "operating system of tomorrow.  Well it's been "tomorrow" for more than a decade now, so...?
Many commentators were on the "free" bandwagon, but as usual you get what you pay for.  Linux currently only works for me in two formats:

  • A boot USB/CD used for testing and diagnostics.  These are usually very tight Linux builds and they can be set to read-only so that damage that can be done to this fragile OS is very limited
  • PCs that users don't mind throwing away/formatting when they realize that they really don't want to use Linux all the time
I suppose this is a step up from ten years ago when it was crap all the time no matter what, but still.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

IT Chic

On HP's Enterprise site (as opposed to their slumming consumer site) they're pumping "Hybrid Infrastructure" (whatever that is) using this stock photo of a tech in action:

Yeah that's a look that many a tech worker sports, yup!  Although my experience has been that if someone works in a poorly lit datacenter that put's food vending machines in with the servers, that they aren't quite so...fashion floor ready.