Oh dear, only a couple of days after Microsoft released its first Service Pack for Windows Vista, they’re pulling it due to problems it’s creating for users. SP1 was supposed to fix stuff and make things better, not fuck them up for the poor suckers who are stuck with Vista. Microsoft just can’t seem to get this OS thing right lately, hmmm? Oh well. I have little sympathy…this could be yet another nail in the MS near-monopoly, though they’ll keep trying till the bitter end even as people get fed up and start looking at other options.
Speaking of which, one of the programs I would have to have if I ever left Windows is Photoshop. Apparently CS2 is working now (via the wonderful Wine), but what about those with CS3? Well, today I read — be still, my loins! — that Google is giving the Wine folks funding to make that happen. How interesting. Google is, of course, a giant in the free software arena, and seeing them get involved in Linux ports of other companies’ software can only be a good thing. They used Wine to port their own Picasa software and it worked beautifully, so why not?
Photoshop wouldn’t be free, of course, and nobody should expect it to be. But this would be an option for people who don’t wanna screw around with virtualization/parallel stuff. It would also be one more step away from the increasingly stinky Windows world that some could take.