Steve Ballmer retires: A dark day for Linux!

Today in Open Source: Ballmer retires from Microsoft, Linux users weep. Plus: How to find the best Linux distro, and the fifty best Linux distros!

Steve Ballmer Retires: A Dark Day for Linux!

Just a quick note about Steve Ballmer. As you may have heard, he'll be retiring from his job as CEO of Microsoft soon.

This is a dark day for Linux, my friends. Ballmer has unwittingly been a true friend to Linux during his long reign of errors at Microsoft. Ballmer has my utmost gratitude for his help in growing the Linux user base over the years. Windows 8, in particular, has gotten many Windows users to take another look at Linux.

It would have been better for Linux if Ballmer had stayed a few more years, to complete the utter destruction of Microsoft. Still, we should be grateful for what we've gotten out of him.

Hopefully it will take Microsoft's board longer to find another CEO, and we can savor another two years of Ballmer continuing to lead Microsoft into the abyss.

Behold Ballmer, in all his glory, in this inspiring video!

See the chart at the Zero Hedge article below to fully appreciate the legacy of Steve Ballmer at Microsoft.

It has been a wild ride for Steve Ballmer since he became Microsoft CEO in January 2000. A market-cap loss of over $330 billion is hardly the legacy he would want to have left but it is perhaps the $24 billion spike in market cap that has occurred today since his resignation that will have him leaving before the 12 months are up...

More at Zero Hedge

Find the Best Linux Distro for Your Computing Needs

SJVN has an excellent article here on ITworld about how to find the Linux distro that best suits your computing needs. He's broken down choices into five different kinds of users, and recommended a distro for each.

If I, who've made something of a career of tracking Linux, can't keep up with all the distros how can you?

Honestly, you can't. No one can.

So how can you find the right Linux for you? This handy, dandy guide will help.

More at ITworld

I absolutely agree with Steven that you need to know what you want before choosing a Linux distro. Otherwise you may spend a lot of time spinning your wheels and floating from distro to distro. Distrohopping is actually great fun, but it can be annoying if you aren't doing it deliberately, and you're stuck running from one distro to another without finding what you want.

That said, I do have a few disagreements with Steven about his choices. I've broken this down into the same sections Steven has in his article, but I've offered my own recommendations instead.

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