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Pressure Mounts on Windows Tax?

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theopensourcerer.com: Since I wrote about getting the Windows license fee refunded on my Asus 1008HA netbook here in the UK, there have been more examples where individuals have had some success.

XML Patent for Microsoft

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Linux's User Interface Puts MS Windows' To SHAME!

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penguinpetes.com: So, while I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for Slackware 13 to come to pass, I did what any Linux user probably does when temporarily owning a copy of Windows (XP Pro here), and checked how it's doing these days.

Swiss Open Source Decision Going Microsoft's Way

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eweekeurope.co.uk: A preliminary ruling around the legality of the Swiss government's decision to allow a software contract to be awarded to Microsoft without any other vendors being asked to tender has found in favour of the tech giant.

A Brief History of Microsoft Windows

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informit.com: In this article, Easy Computer Basics, Windows 7 Edition author Michael Miller is your tour guide for 25 years of Windows: from Windows 1.0 to Windows 7.

Ballmer: 'We're cheaper than Apple! (But not Linux)"

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news.cnet.com: Whenever Microsoft starts to look like a company that is ready to play fair with open source, along comes its CEO, Steve Ballmer, to ruin all the goodwill the rest of the company has created.

Will I Go Back?

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Ubuntu

I'm using the Linux distribution Ubuntu for over a year now – I hopped on the train with version 8.04 LTS. Although I still 'need' Windows for a number of things, I am more than pleased with this operating system. It runs perfectly – almost.

Microsoft Releases GPL'd Software (Again): Does This Change Anything?

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softwarefreedom.org/blog: Microsoft has received much undeserved press about their recent release of Linux drivers for their virtualization technology under GPLv2. I say “undeserved” because I don't particularly see why Microsoft should be lauded merely for doing something that is in their own interest that they've done before.

Microsoft's EC proposals now include ODF and interoperability

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h-online.com: Microsoft's original proposal to the European Commission, that it drop the web browser entirely from Windows 7, has been superseded with a new proposal that users be offered a "ballot box" of browser options.

Also: Sneak Peek: Microsoft’s Retail Stores

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