Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Apr 2009 21:01 UTC
Oracle and SUN Sun has launched VirtualBox 2.2. Sun is adding support for the Open Virtualization Format standard to its VirtualBox virtualization software. With the OVF standard incorporated into VirtualBox 2.2, users can not only build virtual machines, but also export them from a development situation and import them into a production environment. Sun also is adding greater hypervisor optimization, 3D graphics acceleration for Linux and Solaris applications, and support for Apple's upcoming 64-bit Snow Leopard platform.
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Relevant? No. Important? Yes! Stop being a Linux apologist just because you like it. I, too, like Linux. I use it every day on my two primary desktops (work & home) and have been for 13 years. It doesn't help anybody when somebody voices a valid criticism ("Linux has a problem with software because there is no compatability, even between releases"), which is clearly true, and the Apologist (or Zealot) responds with "So! If you used it the way you're supposed to, it wouldn't be a problem."

Saying that you have to stay within the Ubuntu or Debian apt tree is exactly the same as a manufacturer saying you can't add any third-party parts or the product will explode. If you bought a motor cycle and couldn't use gas branded by another company because "it's considered bad", wouldn't that irk you a bit?

Linux is the last, crotchety old hold-out in a failing model in this regard. I love apt, because it's clearly the best thing we have going for software installation. But it doesn't make it the Correct way of doing software installation. OSX solved this problem by doing some magic in the background for software installation; Windows 'solves' the problem by doing extensive backwards compatibility.

Everybody is gung-ho about Choice in Linux, and their argument is that having multiple software installation systems is a product of Choice. Bullshit; all it does it take positive developer time and waste it duplicating effort. If you spend your entire life in Debian and then move to a RedHat machine, you will have *no idea* how to install software for the first 10-15 minutes that you use it, even as a professional user. That's horrible, pathetic, and not worth apologizing for.

And THAT is why you shouldn't dismiss the original comment. Calling Linux out on it's crappy software management is important, or it'll never get any better.

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