15 Years of Linux

It occurred to me recently that I’ve now been using Linux in one form or another for fifteen years.

Thanks to the power of Google, one of my early posts to USENET about getting a Linux-based office program to sync with my Palm Pilot PDA is still lurking…. https://groups.google.com/forum/?nomobile=true#!original/staroffice.com.support.install.linux/vLu-5B6FBwg/m8quB_SYjoEJ

Here it is -





I noticed this today, August 25, which is the anniversary of Linus Torvalds announcing his  (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones on the USENET newsgroup, comp.os.minix.   


Of course, I tweeted about it while using the Linux-based Android-driven smartphone I now have, which far surpasses the computing power present in my 1999 Palm III.  







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As I’ve mentioned previously, the trend in information technology design has been for a shift from desktop computing to mobile computing. While many things are still done better at a desk with a full-size keyboard. This post, for example, was produced at my home desk on my laptop.

I recently noticed that my employer is referring to “Mobile First” in their approach to system development.   While I’ve been wanting to write about this, I found the perfect opportunity in today’s Government Technology article titled, The Public Sector Considers Mobile-First Approaches to Citizen Interactions.

At my office, we are designing many of our newer technology projects with this in mind.




According to the Pew Research Internet Project, over 58% of the US population has a smart phone. Those smart phone owners are eclipsing the computer in terms of overall internet traffic.


It is obvious this trend will only increase.



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Android vs. iOS in the enterprise – ZDNet

I still remember back in 1984, watching the Superbowl and seeing Ridley Scott’s instantly-famous advertisement for the Macintosh computer. At the time, I was switching back and forth between programming on my outdated TRS-80 and my shiny new Apple IIe, with two floppy drives and a hi-res color screen.

It was obvious to anyone that IBM was portrayed as akin to the Evil Empire.  Apple would do anything to ensure they were different and not destined for the suit-and-tie crowd.

Skip forward thirty years and IBM announces a key partnership with Apple ostensibly to bring Apple Devices into the corporate world in a way that BYOD has not.  Many are suggesting the IBM deal will allow Apple access to more Cloud Development resources, while giving IBM the edge in devices used to access those resources.  I’ve even seen authors go as far as declaring an early death to Microsoft as a result of the deal.

This morning, I read another take – one I honestly hadn’t thought of.  How well will IBM and Apple play together in the corporate space. Sure, with BYOD, users handle their own installations and software maintenance. With corporate devices, however, the company usually needs to retain control for security and auditing reasons.  Many are stating that IBM will have a difficult time convincing Apple that users will not be allowed into the iTunes store or that users can customize the Apple devices to their expectations.

It may be this lack of ability to customize Apple products that will give devices made for the Android OS an edge in the corporate world in the long run.

Time will tell




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