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The Windows-versus-Linux server face-off

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infoworld.com: Linux certainly has established itself as a prominent server OS these days, pushing Unix into the background. But the open source OS shares the stage with commercial software giant Microsoft, which remains a dominant player with Windows Server.

Microsoft Sees Threat From Android Notebooks

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internetnews.com: Ballmer and company dig in to stave off Google -- and weigh a Yahoo partnership to bolster their plan.

Offensive Words List Released by Message Partners

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Message Partners released into the public domain the world’s most extensive offensive language list for use with a spam filter.

Why Microsoft should fear Ubuntu's Cloud efforts

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news.cnet.com: As we try to figure out the future of the Cloud, one thing is assured: developers will drive both deployment and consumption approaches. As is common to so many other major software shifts, developers lead, regardless of what vendors want the market to look like.

Five Best Live CDs

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lifehacker.com.au: Live CDs (and DVDs) are versatile tools, allowing you to boot into an operating system without installing anything to your hard drives. Let's take a closer look at the five most popular live CDs.

Linux 46% Market Share, Windows 43.5% Market Share

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blog.eracc.com: After a study of operating system usage of thousands of people I have discovered that Linux has a 46% market share. Linux now surpasses Windows which is shown to have a 43.5% market share. Overall GNU/Linux distributions have taken the lead from Microsoft based on this study. Honest.

Also: how many linux users are there

Desktop Cost: Linux vs. Windows

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earthweb.com: How much did your computer cost? $500? $1,000? $2,000? How much has it cost you since you bought it? The price of a computer is not a one-time expense — it is rather, an ongoing one. How much you pay for your computer over a year's time, or the entire lifetime of the computer, depends greatly on your choice of operating system.

Windows 7 Vs. Linux: Let's Get Real

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bmighty.com/blog: So, is Windows 7 really a Linux-killer? Does Linux finally have Microsoft on the ropes? Maybe both sides in this "debate" need to step off and get a grip.

Also: A Linux users review on windows 7

Windows 7 Vs. Linux: The Battle For Your Desktop

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informationweek.com: With the release of Windows 7's first public beta, there's a feeling in the air that Microsoft has finally created the Windows they've been promising for a long time. They've got little choice: the public and professional reaction to Vista, and mounting pressure from low-cost Linux on low-cost computing devices, means they've had to act fast.

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xorg-server 1.16.1

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