August 10, 2006

Learning about operating systems

I am often on the hunt for great new podcasts, and today in my 3 or so hours of driving to and from Wewoka, Oklahoma, I listened to my first System Trash podcast. Yes, these guys are real geeks, but they are also fun to listen to and I learned a fair bit– even though I listened to an episode about an operating system I think I know a good deal about (Macintosh OS X.)

The podcast series focuses primarily upon different variants (distributions) of Linux, and the slogan of the show is:

Ain’t no system we can’t trash.

Interestingly, I don’t think the podcast about Mac OS X ended up being very “trashy.” These guys obviously have a LOT more perspective than I do about operating system differences– and they definitely found more to like than trash with the Free-BSD based Macintosh OS X.

The much anticipated (and perhaps much dreaded) upcoming release of Windows Vista from Redmond is going to make the next 6 – 12 months quite interesting in the operating system world. As virtualization software continues to improve and more educators (including IT support staff personnel) begin to see the light of open source in schools, I think our educational technology environment is going to be more dynamic than ever!

If you’re looking to improve your knowledge and understanding of these events, you might check out the System Trash podcast. After all, it’s a free podcast– and if you don’t like it, you can trash it! 🙂