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It's not the Gates, it's the bars

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Richard Stallman: To pay so much attention to Bill Gates' retirement is missing the point. What really matters is not Gates, nor Microsoft, but the unethical system of restrictions that Microsoft, like many other software companies, imposes on its customers.

Microsoft tactics push India toward Linux

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linux-watch.com: One of India's 28 states plans to distribute 100,000 Linux laptops to students there. It sounds like Tamil Nadu's volume purchasing agent decided to use Linux exclusively after being put off by Microsoft's bundling tactics for academic users.

The Difficulty Divide Redux: Linux vs. Windows

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workswithu.com: Previously, I introduced my theory of the Difficulty Divide. It’s a concept that I’ve used for several years when talking about why I use Linux, and why some people may give up on it. I also promised that I would present on how I’ve modified it in recent years to reflect the current state of things.

Will Bill Gates’ departure usher in open source friendly era at Microsoft?

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blogs.zdnet.com: It’s a tough call. Observers from both the open and closed source worlds say the exit of Microsoft’s longtime leader won’t usher in a GPL era at the company but it will likely accelerate what is already a changing attitude in Redmond.

Bill Gates: It's a Wonderful Life

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eweek.com: At first glance, Bill appears to be an ordinary man. But he is anything but ordinary. What the world would have been like if Gates had never been born.

Dear Microsoft, thanks for the help, Linux

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blogs.computerworld: You gotta love it. Microsoft has decided that it will ho ahead and kill off easy access to XP on June 30th. On behalf of desktop Linux users everywhere, and our first cousins, the Mac fans, thanks. You've given us the best shot we'll ever have of taking the desktop.

Microsoft to developers: ‘Open source is a choice’

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inquirer.net: In a presentation by noted IT entrepreneur Winston Damarillo, mentioning indicators that open source is ready for primetime deployment, one answer reads: "The number of times in a month Microsoft says: ‘We support open source.’"

Bill Gates, in other people's words

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computerworld.com: "Is it the tradition here to give Bill the finger whenever you go through these doors?" — Free software movement leader Richard Stallman, to a student outside Stanford University's Bill Gates Building.

The OOXML fight continues: here's one way you can help

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The fight against the adoption of OOXML as an ISO standard is continuing in many countries. In the UK the UK Unix & Open Systems User Group (UKUUG) unsuccessfully, sought a judicial review of the British Standards Institute’s decision to vote yes. UKUUG are now seeking to appeal against that rejection of a review and you can help them.

Top M$ insults = Top linux slogans

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anotherbloggerbloke.blogspot: Sometimes, certain situations (like this)really support the fact --> never trust anyone called Gates, who sells you Windows. humorix.org has some splendid slogans dug from across the world. A few of my favourites:

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