Episode 70 – What linux should you choose?

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Running Time: 56:08

1) Introduction

Google vs oracle (We talk a little bit about this)
New Open Source version of Elders Scrolls Morrwind…Looks awesome…Who says linux can’t do gaming?
Joe starts the discussion of whether or when it makes sense for a business to switch or jump from one distro to another?

2) News

Ubuntu is going to revolutionize the UI
Ubuntu to ship on 5% of PC’s ???

Skypes Supernodes are being replaced with Linux Machines
Did you know that RedHat would let you host your apps on their cloud servers for Free?
Open Office UPDATED!!!!  After 469 DAYS!!!


3) Conclusion

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If your a Tech and over 40 have you peaked on compensation?

Tech Crunch has an interesting article about the level of pay Silicon Valley Tech’s get paid throughout their career.  The article explains that as you start your career you are willing to be paid less and work more.  You peak earnings potential wise at around 40.  From there until you retire you will likely actually drop by almost 17%.  What I thought was kind of interesting was that they linked to another article by the same author that talked about how the average age of a entrepreneur in Silicon Vally is 40.  The second article then goes on to say that the older entrepreneur’s also raise more money.  They don’t seem to make the plausible leap that the reason for the drop might be that the Rock-Star and higher paid techs are very likely to be the ones confident enough to be entrepreneur’s.  That would then be pulling them out of the pool and lowering the average since they would now be counted as self employed or entrepreneurs and not technical.  The two articles are good quick reads and informative. 

Oracle Closing the source of OpenSolaris is such a waste…

Sun Microsystems had spent several years trying to build up a positive relationship with the OpenSource Community and Oracle wiped a good chunk of it away with one simple announcement.  One that in the long run will hurt Oracle and probably kill the Solaris Operating System.  Oracle seems to be missing the point of OpenSource and have been for years.  Larry and his crew want to own and control everything from your OS to your Corporate Finical records.  The problem is once something is in the open like Solaris was/is taking it back will never win you any friends in the Open Source community.  It will likely mean that Solaris will be put out to pasture shortly if not Discontinued all together.

While market share of Solaris has been falling to Linux over the past decade it still had it’s place in the data center.  Sun created large amounts of tweaks to that OS to make it work with their hardware in incredible ways.  What was once the OS that ran the biggest sites on the Net may now be the OS of Oracle.  Forget Larry Linux folks he wants to own and control it all.  What they don’t realize is that the community can fix their problems for free and keep Solaris viable for years to come.  When Sun made the move and actually open sourced it it provided a boost to the dieing OS because now companies new they could at the least get the Source Code and fix their own problems even if Sun failed or stopped supporting it for finical reasons.  If Oracle follows through and does close the source back up what are it’s chances of survival?  With the extremely small number of Solaris customers today compared to 2000 how many more customers will abandon the platform to Linux?  The Linux Community is strong and it’s growing.  The rivalry was really helping both platforms.

Here is one story I found on this topic.