Windows, OS X, and Linux in 2013: three-yard free




Windows, OS X, and Linux in 2013: three-yard free

While politicians promise that “points of light” at the end of the tunnel crisis, 2013 is still characterized by an atmosphere of economic malaise. Luckily for desktop and laptop owners to obtain some perks this year were: two operating systems, each with a significant market share decided to offer their latest product largely free. In addition, we are talking about Windows 8.1 and OS X Mavericks. In the Linux angle with Ubuntu perhaps best known as a party, we have the “luxury” of free already accustomed.

Why Microsoft and Apple decided to offer to large numbers of users? Windows 8.1, respectively, and Mavericks free How does the ever-advancing mobile market then? And free operating systems the norm? In this article we highlight the background always in motion market for desktop operating systems.

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Microsoft has abandoned service packs, but the software giant wanted a portion of the counter that criticism was heard after the release of Windows 8, the end of October 2012. According to many critics limped operating system in two minds. It was obvious that with the introduction of the Metro interface in Windows 8 tried to answer the rapidly rising popularity of tablets and operating systems like iOS and Android. Microsoft answers This is according to many pretty well, but the software giant forgot that there are hundreds of millions of Windows users work on a regular PC or laptop.

The greatest dissatisfaction with the group ‘traditional’ Windows users was the lack of the start button. Another feature that many Windows users are annoyed, was that the operating system after a (re) start automatically start screen showed. The user must activate the desktop mode. Then himself

“The increased reaction rate is also appear to be necessary at this time”

The response to these changes was initially given by numerous tools, commercial and free, that variations on the familiar start button brought back to the Windows 8 desktop. Among other things the tool Classic Shell gained popularity. However, it soon became clear that Microsoft would be the sharpest edges of Windows 8 had abrasion, a project that was initially developed under the code name Blue and would be released as Windows 8.1. Later with its own ‘solution’

In preparation for a first test release in the form of a Public Preview came based on leaked builds are already strong indications out that Microsoft wanted to return to Windows 8.1. The start The button would not be a traditional start menu conjure, but provide a direct link to the Metro interface. It also became clear that the Windows 8.1 user now got an option to boot. Directly to your desktop

With the official release of Windows 8.1 in October revealed that Microsoft has indeed corrected.’s main flaws Not only is there on the desktop again to find a start button is also the Modern UI interface to bypass at boot time. For the tablet user Windows 8.1 also gave good news along with it, the Modern UI interface was improved and especially the functionality of standard available apps was increased, making it appear useful in the practice.

Despite geschaaf to Windows 8 with the release of 8.1, it was certainly so striking that Microsoft released a free update to the market, although the software giant had added. Additional functionality to the operating system The last time we saw such a major update of a previously released version of Windows, was with Service Pack 2 for Windows XP, with the security of the Windows version was increased significantly.

It is clear that Microsoft, if necessary, take action to make the acclaimed mixed feelings about Windows 8. Changes relatively quickly This increased responsiveness seems needed at this time, Microsoft’s competitors are spending more and faster updates to operating systems and as the market for PCs and laptops under pressure, the software giant can no longer rest on its laurels. At the same time Microsoft should not alienate traditional supporters, as evidenced by the need for the 8.1 update. With the upcoming farewell to Steve Ballmer as CEO and a successor in the wings seems a more challenging year in 2014 to Microsoft than 2013 though.

Windows 8

Next page (OS X, step into Mavericks – 3/4) OS X: the move to Mavericks

A year after the release of Mountain Lion, or OS X 10.8, Apple came up with the sequel to come. The 10.9 release of Apple’s desktop operating system was codenamed Mavericks, a reference to the eponymous surf spot on the California coast. This is an end to the series of felines borrowed names.

Like Microsoft Windows 8.1 Apple Mavericks decided to offer much of its existing OS X users for free. The operating system runs at least on all Apple hardware that Mountain Lion could turn. Upgrades have to enter from OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8, provided that the minimum hardware requirements are met.

“Many Apple users would have pulled the purse”

With the free release of Mavericks is a clear trend to be seen in the two largest commercial providers of desktop operating systems. Not only is the frequency of significant updates to the desktop operating system screwed, it seems the time operating systems can be used as cash cows slowly but surely in order to get seen. Financial played OS X Apple traditionally subordinate role, because the operating system was to connect the hardware, the product that Apple gets its margins. Especially good However, OS X should be increasingly responsive to the various Internet services offered by Apple fee. Like iOS, Microsoft also is going this way, the company now calls itself a hardware and service company.

If we lay Mavericks under the magnifying glass, we see include improvements to battery life, which can operate a MacBook. Longer without plugging This is possible by taking advantage of, among other things by means of a timer mechanism, which is referred to as coalescing. The CPU efficiency App Nap-feature also promises that idle applications get a lower priority, so they swallow less CPU cycles, and a new method for memory compression sufficient memory and that becomes full.

There is support for the latest standards such as OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL 1.2 and the network protocol SMB2. But more importantly for Apple are the updates that have been made to services like iBook and Maps. This proprietary services bring in money, after all, and for the same reasons also integrated into iOS. In the Finder Mavericks tabs can now be used.

Apple in 2013, a solid update to OS X Mavericks, yet nowhere in excel. It is commendable that the company has delivered its desktop operating system free for many Apple users would probably have pulled the purse smoothly as Mavericks few decades had cost. Apple in October indicated by CFO Peter Oppenheimer that it would continue to offer, so Apple users provisionally assured of free OS updates. Updates to OS X for free in the future

Apple OS X Mavericks

Next page (Linux console market beckons – 4/4) Linux: the console market beckons

“This is the year of the Linux desktop ‘: it is a well-known joke, that year is used to indicate that the open source operating system will finally gain a substantial market share in years. As everyone knows, this never happened and the likelihood that this will change in the coming years is very small. However, the proponents of Linux are not at all discouraged, Linux is gaining ground in many areas, for example, and a leader in the mobile market, as a kernel for Android, and in the server market. Moreover, Linux has a chance to also conquer. Position on the console market

The latter is possible because of the ambitions that Valve has unfolded this year. The company behind many successful games and the Steam platform reacted like a dog bitten by the arrival of Windows 8 and Microsoft’s plans to get on the distribution scene of software on his system. Grip through its own App Store This would also come to be, the Steam platform under pressure as argued Valve.

“Canonical has struggled to deliver large private projects on time”

Because Microsoft chose the “Apple model”, where the company focuses on proprietary hardware and Windows platform which it has virtually all the power, Valve decided to opt for an alternative for the future: Linux. Valve came up with the plan to partner with companies to build on-the-shelf hardware. Compact PCs These so-called Steam Box’en would be in the living room can serve as an alternative to consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation 4 One service.

For the Valve software has not only identified Linux as the right platform, also wants a Linux distribution release under the name SteamOS themselves. This operating system is like any Linux variant, adapt by all. The advantage of SteamOS, which Valve Debian codebase has taken as the basis is that Valve is working closely with Nvidia. This should provide better video drivers, a must for a focus on gaming system. A first test version is now available and in 2014 we will learn more about SteamOS. It is clear in any case that Linux’s initiatives Valve gets a big boost.

Canonical was busy with his mobile plans around Ubuntu Touch this year. This meant that the releases of Ubuntu 13:04 and 13:10 in April and October were not startling. The emphasis in the desktop releases remain on the Unity interface and also thanks to new kernels in the 3.x series is the operating system become faster. However, Canonical has struggled to large private projects such as the ambitious plans around display server Mir, in time to deliver. The inclusion of Mir in Ubuntu 13:04 and 13:10 was still not achieved. Canonical has even integrating Mir in Ubuntu 14:04 LTS, which is expected, though excluded. In April next year

While it is understandable that Canonical spends a lot of energy early next year to continue to operate the mobile smartphone and tablet market, we hope that the company’s desktop versions of its Linux variants do not allow further neglecting. In April, it will be more visible with the LTS release. Canonical also need competition close eye now hold even an originally mobile operating system Android already on some desktops is available.

ChromeOS Finally, we must not forget. This minimalist operating system from Google, which the Chrome browser with a Linux kernel is the foundation, has had some success in the market that formerly belonged to netbooks. That’s because Google some major PC manufacturers it has managed to convince his browser operating system is well suited for simple and inexpensive laptops. Furthermore, the Internet giant also focuses on the consumer except on education. Or Google can extend the success in the coming years will depend in part on Microsoft’s response.

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