Chicken Little rears its ugly head: Back in August, I mentioned that Windows 2000 would likely RTM in November for a Fall Comdex announcement party (see my article, Nipping it in the bud: When will Windows 2000 ship? for details). Well, PC Week has risen to the challenge with this non-story about Windows 2000 being "delayed" over a month later. It's almost like it was published on a timer or something ("It's October 1st: Publish!). Expect to see more stories like this, over the next few weeks, from a variety of sources (Thanks to Mike Brazil for tipping me off to the PC Week story)
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Here's a thought on the whole Windows "Millennium" naming problem: You'll recall that Microsoft renamed Windows NT 5.0 to Windows 2000 in a bold (but foolish) move about a year ago. Since then, however, it has decided to go ahead with a new Consumer Windows product, code-named Millennium, based on the old Windows 98 kernel. So what do you name such a thing? Rumors all over the Net about names such as "Windows 2000 Consumer Edition," "Windows 2000 Home Edition" and the like seem to miss the obvious: They should just name it "Windows 2000," plain and simple. Then, the NT-based products start to make sense: "Windows 2000 Professional" sounds like something better than "Windows 2000" doesn't it? (And, of course, it is). So there's my official guess: They're going to name Millennium as Windows 2000 with no "edition" tagline at all. It just works!
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Did Solaris make their pseudo-Open Source announcement to latch onto the Linux phenomena or to make Apple Computer look bad? Apple has its own pseudo-Open Source project, "Darwin," which is even more "pseudo" than Sun's Solaris plans. Linux proponents say that Sun isn't going far enough, and I agree. (Did I really just agree with Linux proponents?