Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Mar 2006 19:36 UTC, submitted by Jane Walker
Novell and Ximian "Novell's new SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 is beating Microsoft Vista to market by months, and the Xen virtualization features in the upcoming SuSE Enterprise Server are right on target. In short, Novell's Linux roadmap looks great. Now, can Novell get business customers to travel its road?"
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RE[12]: improvement over XP
by naelurec on Fri 31st Mar 2006 04:19 UTC in reply to "RE[11]: improvement over XP"
naelurec
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2006-02-15

If Vista is moving to a model where the registry is locked for core requirements and applications will revert back to using config files then I'd call that an improvement.

Lets call the core OS level configs the "/etc" directory and provide apps two config locations -- one for system-wide defaults and one in the user folder for user config. Of course, in the user folder we will hide these configs by default but leave them in a format that advance users/administrators can get in and tweak if necessary (plain text).

If speed is a concern, we could have a tool to convert the default text config into a binary file -- perhaps when the app is run, it will compare the dates of the two files and update the binary automatic.

What would also be really super cool would be if the help system allowed me to look up a given config by filename (ie "internet explorer.config") and the help file would list all the available options and provide detailed descriptions on what they do.

While we are at it, we might want to add the ability to pass command line options to programs such as debugging (-d) and verbose output (-v). This would allow the app to run but output helpful debugging information at the command line for troubleshoot purposes (if necessary). I really hate when an app crashes and it doesn't provide useful information in resolving the issue.

Perhaps we could also get a centralized logging tool that could be fed events by applications and the logging tool could write these events to various plain-text logs and trigger user-defined events (such as email notifications, etc..). I have quite a few apps that all log in their own format and are difficult to keep in-the-know (veritas backupexec, norton antivirus corporate, apc ups monitor tool, dell server management tool, etc..)

That would be pretty cool.

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RE[13]: improvement over XP
by what on Fri 31st Mar 2006 07:14 in reply to "RE[12]: improvement over XP"
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2006-01-04

Yeah, and let's call it Unix ;) !

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