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When Windows 7 ships without IE8 will it be good news for free software browsers?

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A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 7 would not ship with Internet Explorer 8 within the European Union. This is to comply with EU demands following the anti-trust case some time back. On the immediate face of this seem like good news for users of other browsers — but is it?

Read the full article at Free Software Magazine.

5 Reasons Why Microsoft is Afraid of Linux

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junauza.com: Apple (Mac OS X) has a relatively larger number of desktop computer users compared to Linux, and Windows virtually dominated the overall market share. But have you ever wondered why people at Microsoft and even Bill Gates himself are bothered by Linux more than anything else?

Are Microsoft's Promises For Ever?

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  • Are Microsoft's Promises For Ever?

  • Mono promise is nice, Microsoft. What about Linux?
  • What is all this FOSS about Mono?
  • Will Mono benefit from Microsoft's C# patent promise?
  • Microsoft makes a loaded promise for C# and .NET
  • I still believe this is a victory for Microsoft!

Becta signs 'improved' Microsoft deal

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computerworlduk.com: Becta, the schools IT agency, has signed a new licence with Microsoft that it said offers better value for money and does not hinder open source adoption.

From Microsoft: C# and CLI under the Community Promise

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tirania.org: First the big news: Microsoft will be applying the Community Promise patent licensing to both C# and the CLI.

Microsoft and software morality

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laserjock.wordpress: Martin Owens recently asked the question “Why do you like Microsoft?” It’s a pretty brave thing to ask an free/libre/open source Linux community like Ubuntu. While some have taken up the challenge, it made me pause and think for a minute.

Fight Club: Windows 7 vs Mandriva 2009.1

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linuxforu.com: The war has begun. Quite literally. We laid our hands on the RC (release candidate) available for free on Microsoft’s website, and took it for a spin against Mandriva 2009.1 Spring. Who won? The results are most surprising!

Microsoft And Linux Hold Peace Tweets

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techcrunch.com: Okay, it’s not exactly the Camp David Summit that took place in 2000 between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but sometimes the littlest gestures can go a long way.

Can Linux do BitLocker better than Windows 7?

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betanews.com: Our subject today is full-disk encryption, that useful security tool that keeps data on your hard drive safe even if the drive itself is in peril. We'll compare the Windows approach to the problem with that of a leading Linux contender.

Why do you Like Microsoft?

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doctormo.wordpress: I have no interest in dealing with Microsoft, no partnerships, no trust, no respect, their name is dirt to me and socially they are a pariah. Not because of some fundamentalism or because I have an unwarranted grudge; But because they do harm to my communities.

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    Recently, we've taken note of the many projects that the Apache Software Foundation has been elevating to Top-Level Status. The organization incubates more than 350 open source projects and initiatives, and has squarely turned its focus to Big Data and developer-focused tools in recent months. As Apache moves Big Data projects to Top-Level Status, they gain valuable community support and more.
  • MongoDB launches Atlas, its new database-as-a-service offering
    MongoDB, the company behind the eponymous open source database, is launching Atlas today, its third major revenue-generating service. Atlas is MongoDB’s database-as-a-service offering that provides users with a managed database service. The service will offer pay-as-you-go pricing and will initially allow users to deploy on Amazon Web Services (AWS), with support for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform coming later.