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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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wdeviers
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2008-08-01

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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gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

Relevant? No. Important? Yes!


First thing first, it's important to you. Not me.
Second, Linux (and the most of the OSS world) is about openness, diversity, choice and innovation. Having a single DE, universal package management and a stable kernel ABI in-order to cater for needs of 3'rd part ISV's (such as myself) was never a part of this model. (Nor should it be)
Far worse (to you, that is), given the fact the what-you-call-Linux is actually a large number of OSS software packages (packed by the distribution) running on top of the (distribution-configured) Linux kernel, there's nothing -anyone- can do to force a stable Windows/OSX like model.

Last and not least, I'm not trying to defend Linux - far from it - the mere fact that somebody's pet project can challenge MS's 9B$-per-year R&D division is a living proof that this model works - and works well.
I'm just saying that if you require these things (single DE, universal package management [or none], stable kernel ABI, you are using the wrong OS.

- Gilboa

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gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

Windows 'solves' the problem by doing extensive backwards compatibility.


Oh, and somehow, given the fact that my own (cross-platform) software is -forced- to ship with a number of -core- DLL's under Windows, mostly because the standard SDK DLL's are -completely- broken (depending on the exact release date of the Win2K3 SDK), calling what-you-have-just-said complete-bullshit will be a nothing short of a compliment.

- Gilboa

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