Vista got suddenly pretty resource consuming, considering that i need to work with some programs that are resource consuming also(coldfusion, eclipse etc). I tried Windows 2k3 web edition, but some features and programs do not work the same as on XP/Vista, so i decied to go free. At first i tried Ubuntu(i had a great experience with it onto my Dell Inspiron 1501), but it seems like the support for Acer 5520G is not so good. So i searched, and searched and found out that fedora core recognize almost all hw elementss on the Acer(execpt graphics). So I installed fedora core 10 and all is fine now, just that i had some issues while installing the graphics drivers(Nvidia 8600M), for the fact that it requires that the X should not be running during the install.
Now it comes the part that i liked the most. I recently got an Mobile Broadband connection from Orange RO, that on vista and xp it was installing “Orange Business” (this is a stupid tool, that took control over all my wireless networks[mobile and wi-fi]). The modem i have is Huawei E270, that was recognized by Fedora without installing any additional drivers. Wait… there is one more cool thing: it autodetected my connections settings and here i am…oops… another thing that i forgot: 3G working great, this can not be true or at least it has to have some bugs(as Murphy would say), but from what i observed until now there is no down part. So if you you need Mobile Broadband onto linux i can assure you that Huawey E270 and Fedora core 10 make a great team.
Recently I have received my MAPS(Microsoft Action Pack Subscription) that contains lot of M$ software and, of course, the necesary licenses for using that software. Considering it’s only $350/year, i consider it a great deal. For this money i got 10 licences for each of the following:
Microsoft Office 2007
CAL’s for the server based products
And also got license for a bunch of server products.
Since 2 weeks ago i’m Microsof Certified Professional and i must say that the exam 70-290 has questions that any windows sysadmin should know to answer as long as it got some experience with IIS, AD and other windows features. Also the exam has a few questions about designing a network of computers and also (as expected) licensing questions.
I look forward for the next exam that most probably will be on Active Directory.