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The big Windows 7 lie

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blogs.computerworld: You’ve read the early reviews with comments like Windows 7 is a big improvement over Vista and Windows 7 is wicked fast. Sounds great doesn’t it? On closer inspection though Windows 7 M3 (Milestone 3) is being revealed as being just a “slightly tweaked version of Vista.”

Also: Is Windows 7 Vista all over again?

Microsoft denies paying contractor to abandon Linux

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linuxworld.com: Microsoft has denied paying a Nigerian contractor US$400,000 in a bid to battle Linux's movement into the government sector.

5 very basic things Windows 7 still isn't any good at

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downloadsquad.com: I've noticed five issues so far that, though minor, leave me wondering if Microsoft is going to be able to pull off a really great OS by its projected mid-2009 release.

It Is Time To Stop Looking Over Our Shoulder

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linuxcanuck.wordpress: So Microsoft in its infinite wisdom has stuck it to the open source community, yet again. They have shut us out of Hotmail. Yawn. Like, who cares? Yet, to some people they see this as one more sign that Microsoft is out to get us. “The sky is falling!

Why Microsoft is running scared of Linux

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blogs.computerworld: Microsoft is frightened. Even Ballmer is telling users that they can skip Vista, which tells you everything you need to know about Vista's failure. In the past, Microsoft wouldn't have sweated this kind of flop. "What can users do?" they'd say. "Move to Linux or Macs? Ha!" That was then. This is now.

Also: Windows 7 Will Let Microsoft Track Your Every Move

Hell freezes over: Ballmer considering open-source browser

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cnet.com: I fully expected to die never having heard a positive word escape Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's lips with regard to open source. Based on Ballmer's comments made in Sydney on Friday, however, it may be time for me to start picking out my funeral arrangements.

Linux Vs. Windows 7: The Coming Showdown

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informationweek.com/blog: It's inevitable. I don't have the Windows 7 bits on hand, myself, but I know that one of the first things I plan to do once I get them -- it's a "when", not an "if" -- is to throw it onto the same hardware as my various Linux installations and see how things behave.

Linux Continues to Define the Future of Computing While Microsoft Follows

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Jim Zemlin: It is hard for the executive director of the Linux Foundation to feel bad for Microsoft, but they are having a bad week while Linux continues to move forward in innovative ways.

The Windows 7 GUI from a Linux user's perspective

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tgdaily.com: Today, hard core Linux users were able to view for the first time some of nifty GUI features in Microsoft's next generation desktop operation system - Windows 7. The only significant feature Linux doesn't already include natively in its many free versions is multi-touch.

Windows 7: A First Look

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