Apple Watch Sales Down 55%

Apple Watch sales are down 55% since the device was launch in 2015. Apple sold 3.6 million units in the first 3 quarters since its debut. Apple sold 1.6 million units just in the last quarter. Experts are expecting a newer refresh of the product next fall. A newer versions of the watchOS will be introduced promising new features and faster performance. Anyone ready for Apple Watch 2?

Microsoft Azure Double Compute Usage

Microsoft announced this week that Azure has doubled its cloud compute usage over a year ago. Azure is currently ranked #2 behind Amazon AWS in terms of cloud computing usage and revenue. Microsoft added that revenue growth rates has doubled over a year ago. Microsoft’s meteoric rise has been mostly due to its support of Linux platforms. Azure compute usage have shot up since Linux distros have been made available.

Linux is 25

Linux is 25 years old in 2016, but no one really knows when it really started. From CW.

We could consider Linux’s 25th birthday to be August 25th. That’s because on that date in 1991, Linus Torvalds made his announcement to the minix community to let them know that he was working on a modest new OS. He had started the work in April. By October 5th, he felt that his new OS was usable and ready for the community at large.

Whether you count the announcement (8/25/1991), its readiness for use/testing (10/05/1991), or Linus’ initially getting his project off the ground (April 1991) as the official birthday, Linux turns 25 sometime this year. And what is most amazing is what has happened since. All manner of Linux OSes have come into being.

Is it August 25th, 1991 or was it sometime in April 1991?

Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise

According to ZDNet, Microsoft is making the Windows 10 Enterprise edition available to business users for $7 per user per month, or $84 per user per year. The licenses are going to be available through Microsoft resellers. There will be two versions: E3 and E5.

Secure Productive Enterprise E3 — the bundle formerly named “Enterprise Cloud Suite” — will include Windows 10 Enterprise E3, Office 365 E3, and Enterprise Mobility + Security E3. (Enterprise Mobility + Security is the bundle formerly known as Enterprise Mobility Suite, if you’re still with me here.) There also will be a Secure Productive Enterprise E5 bundle, which will come with Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Office 365 E5, and Enterprise Mobility + Security E5.

ownCloud vs Nextcloud

ownCloud and Nextcloud are essentially the same for now. Up to about to about ownCloud 9.0 mainly because they share the same code base and history. With ownCloud 9, users can access both for the next two year, since the end of life ownCloud 9 is 18 months. After that users will need to decide which one to take. It is a fork on the road after all.

What will be the difference between projects?

According to ownCloud forums:

ownCloud GmbH focuses on the file sharing feature. The community provides additional apps (calendar, contacts, bookmarks, news). However, the company’s developers helped to build some of the apps (calendar, contacts). The enterprise version contains a number of exclusive features that are not available in the community version (Shibboleth authentication, File Drop, File Firewall, Auto-Tagging).

Nextcloud doesn’t exclusively focus on file sharing, they also provide support for apps such as the popular calendar, contacts app, and a communication platform (Spreed.ME). There won’t be enterprise-only apps. Enterprise users will benefit from professional support.

Linux Distros Dropping 32 Bit Support

Ubuntu plans to drop 32-bit support in 2018 with the release of Ubuntu 18.10. Fedora has stopped using 32-bit on its server offering as of Fedora 24. They still support 32-bit for the desktop. I imagine other Linux major distribution will follow suit as older hardware eventually are phased out.