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Should I upgrade to Windows 8?

windows8logoWe've been getting questions from users regarding whether or not they should upgrade to Windows 8. Our answer is usually the same for everyone: ask yourself if you need it. For the business  environment, Windows (any version) is a tool to get work done. If you get a tool that requires you to re-learn the same functionality with no obvious benefit, then that tool is not worth using.

You should upgrade if:

  • There's a functionality in Windows 8 that is not available in the current version that you are using.
  • You are tired of the old look and feel of Windows 7
  • You are feeling adventurous and would like to learn the new Windows.

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Oracle Linux: A better alternative to CentOS

oralogo-smallAn interesting battle between Oracle Linux distribution and CentOS. Oracle is encouraging people to switch to OEL, claiming 100% compatibility with RedHat and faster security patch release than CentOS.

We firmly believe that Oracle Linux is the best Linux distribution on the market today. It's reliable, it's affordable, it's 100% compatible with your existing applications, and it gives you access to some of the most cutting-edge innovations in Linux like Ksplice and dtrace.

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Red Hat Storage Server appliance ver 2

redhatAt this year's Red Hat Summit and JBoss World 2012, Red Hat has announced the availability of version 2.0 of its Storage Server product. RHEL 6 and GlusterFS 3.3-based appliance for implementing Network-Attached Storage (NAS) solutions. Among its most important changes are features that enhance data accessibility and availability, including geo-replication features such as checkpointing, failback and failover. Click here to see the full list of changes or read the full story

Ubuntu To Ship on 5% of All PCs Sold Next Year

UbuntuUbuntu is on course to ship on 5% of the worlds PCs next year, Canonical’s Chris Kenyon has revealed. Kenyon, who helps lead sales and business development at Canonical, announced the gains during a plenary discussion at the Ubuntu Developer Summit on the company’s work with OEMs and ODMs.

Between 8 and 10 million Ubuntu units shipped ‘last year’, equating to around $7.5 billion dollars worth of hardware sales. That figure, Kenyon expects, will double to 18 million ‘next year’ which, he says, relates to some 5% of the world-wide PC market.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Released

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS was released, with Linux 3.2 kernel and Unity 5.10. Download it from here.

Pros

  • Easy to trial or install
  • Fast and extremely stable
  • Updates install quickly and rarely require a reboot
  • Simple to add or remove applications via the Software Centre
  • Does not suffer from the concerted security attacks that are focussed on Windows
  • Free

Cons

  • Ubuntu's recent direction in user interface design, Unity, is still strongly disliked by some
  • Office applications are adequately supported, but — like all Linux distributions — Ubuntu cannot offer creative software that's comparable to the proprietary apps available for Windows and Mac OS X

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