Heroes happen here or the Microsoft 2008 launch wave

Today after many hours of hammering my had with basics of business administration at university. I just wanted to take some time off and decided to view Steve Balmers Keynote.

So ok, first hurdle was to install Silverlight…

The special page Microsoft opened up for the launch event did not work with Silverlight on Firefox. Ok,… no problem, I fired up IE and wanted to start the movie… next Step was to create a fake Live Id to be able to view the stuff…. I mastered this one too !!!!

Ok now a nice 200×100 pixel video with no controls…. sorry but that is pretty embarrassing…. I think a company like MS should have the opportunity to stream something like a keynote in good quality…. or am I too stupid to control this thing…. after three years of studying informatics?? =)

I really don’t think so….

But ok, because I just wanted to know what Mr. Ballmer has to say about Open Source Software today (Is it still a virus … or did he finally get the point), I decided just to listen from now on…. but after some seconds my PC was jammed… nothing worked any more… it feels like running Windows Vista on a mobile phone.

But back to the facts….

Microsoft started a campaign “Heroes happen here” which is alltogether an approach to get Open Source Developers to Develop on their platforms.

For me this just means, Microsoft does fear the power of Open Source products and communities after years of beeing the one and only product out there, punching out competitors with patents, ….

I think it is comparable with the OOXML discussions. They want you to come on board and build things they want you to build… but in the end they will close you into their world which is not the point open standards and systems should try to accomplish.

Open Source Business Desktop – Gnome or KDE

Matt Hartley posted an nice article about Linux Desktops in Businesses. http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/entdev/article.php/3717261It really is an interesting read.

GNOME, both on the user and development side of things, believes in the integrity of GPL-based code and ease of use. Applications developed in this realm tend to be rather vanilla in appearance, yet will work as advertised.


KDE on the other hand, is a product that provides the end user the freedom to choose how simple or complex their desktop ought to be with regard to access and configurability. On the development front, the developer is free to choose their path to create open source software or that of the proprietary nature. It just depends on which direction the software developer wants to go.