Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jun 2012 01:59 UTC
Microsoft Infoworld: "After years of battling Linux as a competitive threat, Microsoft is now offering Linux-based operating systems on its Windows Azure cloud service. The Linux services will go live on Azure at 4 a.m. EDT on Thursday. At that time, the Azure portal will offer a number of Linux distributions, including Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, OpenSuse 12.01, CentOS 6.2 and Canonical Ubuntu 12.04. Azure users will be able to choose and deploy a Linux distribution from the Microsoft Windows Azure Image Gallery and be charged on an hourly pay-as-you-go basis." SmartGlass on iOS and Android, Office supposedly coming to iOS and Android, Linux on Azure... It's almost as if Microsoft finally got the memo that 'Windows everywhere' can't be a reality any longer.
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I've had bad experiences with those "cheap" VPS providers. They claim you are guaranteed to share the same box with at most 10 users, but it turns out there are often 50 or more, and every one of them has turned their share into a torrent seedbox or ad-farming setup. Contacting support was a dead end, they just offered to wipe and reinstall my instance to fix "software issues" I wasn't actually having.

I was better off running a P4 with 1GB of RAM and a PATA drive from my home connection for free.

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