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The FSF's statement on Windows 10

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GNU
Microsoft

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, July 30, 2015 -- The Free Software Foundation urges everyone to reject Windows 10 and join us in the world of free software. Like all proprietary software, Windows 10 puts those that use it under the thumb of its owner. Free software like the GNU/Linux operating system treats users as equals and gives them control over their digital lives.

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Also: Safeguarding Choice and Control Online

Will an upgrade to Windows 10 on a dual-boot system mess GRUB up?

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Linux
Microsoft

If the setup is on a computer with UEFI firmware, with the boot files of all systems on the EFI Boot Partition, then I don’t see anything that will mess GRUB up during or after upgrading to Windows 10. That’s because the EFI Boot Partition is like a public park, where the space occupied by each operating system’s boot files is respected. So the Windows 10 upgrade script will only update the files and directory that pertains to the Windows boot manager. That this is true has been verified by none other than a Microsoft employee in this blog post.

The same goes with the upgrade script of the installed Linux distribution(s), but you knew that already.

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

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Microsoft
OSS
Security

Microsoft could get the boot from the French government if a new recommendation from an official advisor is adopted.

DISIC (Direction interministérielle des systèmes d'information et de communication de l'État) has recommended that French authorities ditch Microsoft Office tools in favour of the Open Document Format (ODF).

DISIC is responsible for harmonising and reducing the costs of all state computers, including government ministries, state and regional departments and local authorities, and sees ODF as the best way to make them all interoperable.

According to sources, an initial draft of the report envisaged outlawing Microsoft’s Open XML altogether, although with some agencies using tools specifically developed for use with Open XML, DISIC relented.

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Feel Scammed By Microsoft? Switch To Linux

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Linux
Microsoft

There are thousands of really good free software packages available for Linux whether you are looking for a word processing package, spreadsheet tool, graphics editor, audio player or email client.

10 years ago Windows was dominant. Now you don't really need it. Don't let Microsoft get away with treating their customers like mugs.

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Don't Expect Much from Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu, Windows Version Is Terrible

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Ubuntu

The Intel Compute Stick sounds great on paper, and it's also shipping with Ubuntu, but you shouldn't really get your hopes up. The Windows version is not all that great, and it's quite possible that the Ubuntu edition is not up to par either.

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Microsoft cutting up to 7,800 jobs

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One year after announcing a massive round of job cuts impacting 18,000 employees, Microsoft is wielding the ax again.

In a statement released Wednesday, Microsoft said it will slash up to 7,800 additional jobs. Most of the cuts are connected to the company's phone business.

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EU court to decide on PC and software bundling

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft
BSD

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is expected to rule within weeks on the practice of forced sale of licences for operating systems and other software bundled with computing devices. On 25 June, France’s Court of cassation referred to the CJEU a complaint of a French citizen who wanted to purchase a PC without any pre-installed operating system.

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Windows vs. Linux: the channel comparison

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, yet they both deserve to exist in this diverse desktop OS ecosystem. So this Windows vs. Linux post is going to be a little different. I will compare and contrast the technological aspects of the two operating systems, whilst also discussing channel opportunities.

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Also: Latest Windows 10 Build Has Some Cool Linux Features

The 1TB UbuTab Tablet with Ubuntu and Windows Scam Is Unfolding

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Ubuntu

The UbuTab is a tablet that was supposed to ship with either Windows or Ubuntu, and had some pretty sweet hardware specs, including 1TB of storage space. As some of the users have suspected in the first place, this is very close to being confirmed as a scam.

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Watch: Ubuntu 15.04 Running on Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Tablet

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Microsoft
Ubuntu

It has just been brought to our attention that there's a video on YouTube where a guy shows us how easy (or hard) it is to install the Ubuntu 15.04 distribution on Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 laptop.

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