Gene Steinberg said:Thank you for sharing your opinions.
Our sites are hosted on a virtual dedicated server running Linux. We'd love to use Macs, but the hosts that offer them charge extra for the privilege. Everything runs super-stable, which is a tribute to the quality of the software, but also HostICan, the firm we use.
I agree that Microsoft is suffering a lot more than some might admit. Consider the $1 billion-plus charge they are taking against defective Xbox's. The fact that the head of that division left is an indication there's trouble afoot, but a lot of the tech press won't cop to the truth.
In Europe, Firefox is gaining market share big-time, and in some countries has almost approached a majority status. This despite the fact that Microsoft gave Internet Explorer 7 to Windows XP users as a standard required update, and the fact that it's the default browser in Windows Vista.
Times -- they are a changing.
Thanks for giving us a place to discuss this topic Gene.
Linux was born out of a networking environment. So from the beginning stability has been a priority. The original Linux Kernel was built from scratch with networking in mind. I go for months on my Linux boxes without rebooting them because they are so stable and if one app crashes the system continues business as usually. That is the great thing about not having the operating system locked into the GUI.
Microsoft isn't going to let anybody know what the real story is, they don't want their stockholders to get nervous. The worse things at a big corporation the more they try to cover it up. Kinda like Enron.
I like Firefox and Thunderbird. I have been using them since I switched from Netscape Navigator 4.7 . Funny old thing about Firefox it is the fastest growing, most bug free browser on the market. However the Redmond bunch just about lost their mind over it having a single security glitch in one of the recent releases. Doesn't matter that that is the first in some time and a patch was available in less than a week. They didn't mention the hundreds in IE every time there is a new version. You would think with a three and four year release cycle MS would be able to catch a few of those security problems.
Firefox is beginning to pull into the lead globally. With Konquerer, Opera, Epiphany, Galeon, Ice Weasel, Ice Ape and so on availble without the problems that come with IE it has just about gotten to the point only the appliance operators are using IE.
I here the MAC users have some really good internet tools available to them.