Technology: July 2005 Archives

One of the more unseemly sides of the Windows versus Linux war is the use of research to bolster the position of each side. We get releases describing how report X shows up the weaknesses of Windows and report Y that shows how expensive Linux to run even though its core code is ostensibly free to use. Some of the claims even match up to what the original report said. Not the latest claim from Red Hat.

Red Hat claimed yesterday the SANS Institute had published a report that said only two of the top 20 defects listed by the researchers affected its operating system. Because of that, the company claimed: "Linux network security [is] higher than other platforms". I had to check with Red Hat which report the company was using to back up its claims, because I couldn't find anything out of SANS that came close to the claim made in the press release. Even after finding out, making the connection wasn't much easier.

A strange Vista

27 July 2005

When Microsoft announced that it would give the name 'Vista' to its forthcoming version of Windows that had, up to then, been referred to under its codename of Longhorn, it did not take long for people to spot that a nearby company was using the same name.

The Seattle Times reported the comments of Vista's founder John Wall. "We're going to consider our options and talk to them," said Wall.

Wall is better known as the founder of PC-to-mainframe comms company Wall Data. He resigned from the company in 1999, shortly before it was sold to NetManage after Wall Data started to rack up heavy losses. Wall founded Community IQ, which would do business as Vista.com, in 1999. Vista has kept a low profile since then and the name would not have meant much to a lot of people. But its role in a curious set of dealings with SCO meant that the name Vista rang more than a few bells when I saw the Seattle Times story. SCO is not famed for its generosity but seemed to make an exception in the case of John Wall and Vista during 2002 and 2003.