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Linux Foundation’s Deal With the Devil

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If the suits who sit in the boardrooms of corporate tech think they need Microsoft — quite frankly, at this stage of the game they do — then the Linux Foundation will continue to put lipstick on a pig and declare there will be peace in our time, even as Microsoft continues practices like extorting money from manufacturers of Linux devices for patents it may or may not have.

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Microsoft is in an apologetic mood right now -- what next? 'Sorry for Windows 10'?

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Sorry may be the hardest word, but it seems to be tripping off Microsoft's tongue quite freely at the moment. Maybe it's the holiday season making the company look at itself, but we've had two apologies in recent days -- first, a semi-apology for stealing OneDrive storage from people, and now it's sorry about the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.

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Linux Foundation and PRISM

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Openwashing

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Ballmer Points Out Error of Microsoft's Ways

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"The irony is Ballmer would take this risk but couldn't execute it. Nadella could execute but won't take the risk, so this will likely represent a missed opportunity," he said.

That could mean the continuation of Microsoft's failed moves in the wireless market.

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Debian and Azure

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Microsoft brings Debian Linux to Azure

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While many Linux users are vocal Microsoft detractors, the truth is, the company is a proponent of the kernel. Yes, in years past, the Windows-maker seemingly looked at Linux with disdain, but times are changing, folks. The company is hiring open source professionals, and even developing apps for the world's most popular Linux distro, Android. Not to mention, Azure has long supported a handful of Linux distributions.

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Wine 1.8-RC2

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Denmark’s Second Largest City, Aarhus, Dropping Microsoft's Products for Open Source

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Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest city, and the administration is preparing for the use of open IT standards in an effort to rid itself of the grip of proprietary software.

There is a movement going on across the European Union, and authorities are starting to notice that open source software is a real option and that it needs to be considered for the future, especially since it can also bring substantially lower costs.

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Microsoft and Linux: True Romance or Toxic Love?

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We shouldn't be slow to forget Microsoft's mantra of Embrace, Extend and Exterminate. Right now, Microsoft is very much in the early stages of embracing Linux. Will Microsoft seek to splinter the community through custom extensions and proprietary "standards"?

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