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Microsoft Could Learn a Thing or Two From Ubuntu

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Today, we should hear Microsoft (MSFT) report earnings, which most pundits have said they don't care about. While analysts want to know how the Zune story is working out and if XBox 360 sales are lagging, but everyone is really looking forward the final release of Windows Vista next year as an engine for revitalizing Microsoft's business after five years of development since Windows XP. Analysts are also looking forward to the new release of Microsoft Office, which has only been in development about 2 or 3 years. No one is expecting to see any material results from those releases for at least another six months, but hope is springing eternal.

Ironically though, today is also the day that Mark Shuttleworth's Canonical company released its latest version of its Ubuntu operating system. Unlike Microsoft, Canonical releases new versions every six months, despite the fact that these releases are nearly as comprehensive as Microsoft's and the changes more dramatic in structure. Surprisingly, Ubuntu Linux supports even more combinations of desktop and server hardware than Microsoft does.

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