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Digital Migration: After 20 years with Windows, I am moving to Ubuntu

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On 30th September 2015, Kampala was host to two international ICT conferences. The International ICT BPO Conference took place at the Kampala Serena Hotel and attracted a wide variety of participants, ranging from students studying IT at the various Ugandan universities to visitors from faraway lands. Several delegates flew in that morning from Nairobi after the close of the Indo-Africa Expo the previous day. I was on the team of 15 Ugandans who attended the conference and exhibited at the expo, with support from the ITC NTF III project, and we flew back Tuesday night so that we could attend the conferences.

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Also: Linux Foundation Training Prepares the International Space Station for Linux Migration

GalliumOS Linux beta released for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes

Microsoft unwilling to comment on extension of SUSE deal

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Microsoft has refused to say openly whether it will be extending the patent-licensing deal that it signed with Novell back in 2006. At that time, SUSE Linux was a part of Novell.

Novell has since been acquired by the Attachmate Group which, in turn, was bought by the British mainframe company Micro Focus.

In July 2011, Microsoft announced that the agreement with SUSE would be extended until January 1, 2016.

iTWire asked Microsoft about the SUSE agreement after Red Hat and Microsoft announced a deal a few days back on cloud installations, wherein Microsoft said it would be making Red Hat the preferred enterprise Linux distribution for installing on its Azure cloud offering.

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Why Linux should thank Microsoft and why the future is dark

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The big question is now: what does this mean for free software, new free software contributors and the overall freedom of the new computing platforms? It’s hard to see how a potential new completely free software project could conquer this new closed platforms. What is needed is a really good go-to-market strategy which makes it possible for the mainstream users to install and use this new alternative software on their devices. Without this it is hard to see how this can ever attract a bigger user base and a relevant contributor community.

This is a hard nut to crack and a real challenge for free software. It will require more than heads-down-and-code. What is certain is that we can’t rely on an open ecosystem anymore because it is possible that the personal computer was an exception and the last one!

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With Microsoft and Red Hat in bed, what happens to SUSE?

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The Microsoft-Novell deal — SUSE was then a part of Novell — was initially signed in 2006 and, after its initial five-year term, was renewed in July 2011 for a further five years until the end of 2015. It has hardly two months left to run.

There has been no word from either SUSE or Microsoft on what happens next. SUSE's leaders are currently in Amsterdam attending the company's annual national conference.

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Microsoft and Red Hat partner to deliver more flexibility and choice

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The partnership we are announcing today with Red Hat extends our commitment to offer unmatched choice and flexibility in an enterprise-grade cloud experience across the hybrid cloud. With more than 80 percent of the Fortune 500 using Microsoft’s cloud, for us to team with the leader in enterprise Linux allows even more businesses to move to the cloud on their terms.

French and British Governments

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UK Government Kicks Out Microsoft Office and Adopts LibreOffice

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The UK Government is looking to shed its dependency on proprietary software and entered into a new commercial deal with an open source software company Collabora Productivity that adapts LibreOffice for the use in enterprise environments.

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Also: Government Open Source Office deal set to provide major savings

What Features Did Windows 10 Steal From Linux?

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Three months have passed since Microsoft launched its new OS, the Windows 10, which will be the last edition of Windows. This means that, from now on, the developers will release only updates and will continue to improve this platform. But what did Windows 10 bring new? Of course, many features. But are they… new, or inspired from other OS? Let’s see what Microsoft stole from Linux.

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The 8 Best Windows Linux And Other Operating System Clones

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There are many Linux distributions out there which are designed to look like Windows and this guide lists the best ones. Why stop there though? Why not list Linux distributions that look like OSX, ChromeOS and Android as well.

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Continuum for Windows 10 Is Phone Convergence, but Not as Advanced as Ubuntu's

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Continuum for Windows 10 is Microsoft's idea of convergence, and it looks like they got things going. The Windows 10 Devices event that happened yesterday saw the official launch of this feature, albeit it's a little bit more complicated than you might suspect, and it's not really all that similar to what Canonical is doing with Ubuntu.

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