12 Feb 2005 aftyde   » (Master)

Keeping the wight off - weighed in at 180 yesterday, a sight better then 240 back in 2003.

Just loaded the top-secret eval version of Project David from SpecOps Labs in the Philippines. This thing is going to scare the shit out of Microsoft - it even had me looking over my shoulders. To start with, it runs Office XP Professional at least 60% faster then when I'm booted into XP itself. I mean, it was like BAM! It's up. There wasn't a single app I tried - IE 6.0, Powerpoint, Photoshop and games that the thing didn't run incredibly well. Actually, I wouldn't mind being able to throttle it back a bit. What amazed me more then anything was it's ability to run Microsoft Windows Server backoffice stuff like MS SQL Server. I'm convinced that their "Alpha" code designation means you can't print with it - cause that and USB devices were the only things I couldn't get working. It still needs some serious polishing - however, they do deliver on the ability to simply insert any Windows app CD, install and run it right off the Linux desktop. Much easier to use then straight-up Wine (there is some Wine in it) and much better integrated then the other Win on Lin offerings.

I'll be in Boston at Linuxworld hanging around the Linuxcare (Levanta) booth. I'd welcome the opportunity to see old friends if you're at the show. We'll even be running a Sputnik AP in the booth - levanta levanta... ;)

Lastly, thinking a lot about the LSB lately. I'd love to hear your opinions on 2.0, the upcoming 3.0 and ways the LSB could be more effective. I'm just diving into it - so feel free to educate me (kindly please).

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