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Linux for Workgroups and Microsoft's Open Source Relationship

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Is Linux 20 years behind the curve compared to Microsoft (MSFT) Windows? Certainly not, but that's what things look like on the surface in the wake of Linus Torvalds's announcement of plans for Linux kernel version 3.11, otherwise known as "Linux for Workgroups." And that makes this a great moment to reflect upon how much the Microsoft-Linux relationship has evolved, and warmed, over the last two decades.

The Linux for Workgroups title—an homage to Windows 3.11, better known as Windows for Workgroups, which Microsoft released way back in August 1993—is the official code name Linux founder Linus Torvalds has bestowed upon Linux kernel 3.11. Linus also unveiled a new logo for Linux that harkens back to the old Windows 3.x splashscreens.

Linux 3.11, of course, will offer quite a few more features than Windows 3.11 provided 20 years ago. Chief among them are support for Intel's Rapid Start Technology and superior power-saving capabilities for Radeon video cards.

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