Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Sleepycat CEO talks Microsoft open source tactics

Found this interesting piece of interview and thought of including it in the blog. Once again let the perspective be towards open source for Windows than taking sides and losing out on the best part of Open Source :-)

Find it here...

Mike Olson, the outspoken CEO of Berkeley DB provider Sleepycat Software Inc., believes that the successful open source players of tomorrow will incorporate at least some aspects of proprietary computing into their business model. In this conversation, Olson discusses why he thinks ever-evolving attitudes toward open source will make these hybrid offerings lucrative. He then runs through an interesting "thought experimentation" to show what would happen if Microsoft ever decided to embrace open source.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Virtual Desktops

Virtual desktops provide Windows users a way of having multiple desktops simultaneously on the screen. Presently I found these three excellent open source solutions to our needs and have put them together here.

1. Virtual Desktop for Windows NT/2000/XP/2003
* Name: Daniel Vladutu.
* Web page: www.free-soft.ro
* Development Status: 4 - Beta
* http://sourceforge.net/projects/virtual-desktop/
Virtual Desktop will create new desktops for you and let you to switch between desks and windows quick and easy. This project consist in two applications: one NT service which manage desktops and another which create desktops. Service requires 2MB ram.

2. VirtuaWin - Virtual desktops
* Name: Johan Piculell and Rex Kerr
* Development Status: 5 - Production/Stable
* Web Page: virtuawin.sourceforge.net

VirtuaWin is an application for the Windows user community that misses the wonderful virtual desktop functionality often used on Unix systems. It is simple, powerful and highly configurable.

The feature list is long and definitely looks promising. I have used it and was impressed. Open Source for Windows, is making things a lot easier than before ;)

3. Virtual Dimension
* Name: Francois Ferrand
* Web page: virt-dimension.sourceforge.net
* Development Status: 4 - Beta

The project tries to create a free, fast and feature-full virtual desktop manager for Microsoft Windows.

Finally my comments: I have used two of these desktop managers and am happy with their performance. I would suggest you to use them and find for yourself, the best for you. While surfing I also found a virtual desktop app for Windows XP(550 KB called Deskman.exe). But I never tried it out myself (anyways I don't have XP). If someone has please compare the open source ones with the one provided by Windows and leave a comment.