Why writing proprietary software is not fun

Eric Raymond explained why he hates proprietary software. And the reason is not with the software itself, but with how it is being written: In that world, the working programmer’s normal experience includes being forced to use broken tools for political reasons, insane specifications, and impossible deadlines. It means living in Dilbert-land, only without the … Continue reading Why writing proprietary software is not fun

Virtual machines and scalability

I already pointed out many problems regarding the comparison of virtual machines recently posted by IBM. But there is one topic which I thought required a separate post, namely scalability. What is scalability? Simply put, scalability is the ability to take advantage of having more CPUs, more memory, more disk, more bandwidth. If I put … Continue reading Virtual machines and scalability

IBM’s comparison of virtual machines…

IBM just posted a comparison of virtual machines that I find annoyingly flawed. Fortunately, discussion on OSnews showed that technical people don't buy this kind of "data". Still, I thought that there was some value in pointing out some of the problems with IBM's paper. nPartitions are tougher than logical partitions What HP calls 'nPartitions' … Continue reading IBM’s comparison of virtual machines…