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Less freedom is no freedom

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nicubunu.blogspot: From the beginning, when people started talking about Secure Boot some warned about the treat to Free Software, but they were pretty much dismissed by many as a bunch of hippies following the smelly RMS, we'll surely find a way around when will get to it.

Linux Mint Maya Vs. Windows 8!

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unixmen.com: Microsoft has shortly released the consumer preview of its flag ship operating system, Windows 8, that is evidently re-skinned to better suit touch-screen devices. Unfortunately, in attempting to revamp the OS, Microsoft has done some serious damage.

What Does Microsoft Have to Do to Earn FOSSers' Respect?

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linuxinsider.com: Microsoft may not have fully endeared itself into the FOSS rank and file with its recent attempt to hold hands with the open source community. Feelings are not unanimous regarding the commercial software giant.

Red Hat Will Pay Microsoft To Get Past UEFI Restrictions

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slashdot.org: "Fedora is going to pay Microsoft to let them distribute a PC operating system. Microsoft is about to move from effectively owning the PC hardware platform to literally owning it.

Microsoft's new tune: We love Linux

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  • Microsoft's new tune: We love Linux
  • Microsoft Preps for Public Embrace of Linux

Microsoft is serious about open source: 10 proof points

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zdnet.com: Microsoft has come a long way in its acceptance of open source. And its motto doesn’t seem to be (this time) to embrace and extinguish.

Windows 8 vs Ubuntu 12.04 vs MacOS X 10.7

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lunduke.com: About two years ago, I did a comparison of the three major operating systems (market-share wise) — MacOS X, Windows and Ubuntu. With so many changes happening to all three platforms, it seems like it’s time to do it again.

Ubuntu 12.04 vs. Windows 8: Five points of comparison

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zdnet.com: The leading Linux desktop and the number one desktop of all, Windows, are both undergoing radical transformations, but which will be the better for it?

Microsoft's dumpster-diver partner strategy is rubbish

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theregister.co.uk: Microsoft's other investments have been major misses. Microsoft first tried to unseat Red Hat's growing dominance in the data center by subsidising Novell.

Microsoft: We Don’t Compete with Linux, But with Linux Vendors

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linuxforu.com: With initiatives like the Imagine Cup and PhoneGap Meetup, Microsoft is surely taking many steps forward to engage with open source communities across the globe, including India.

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    The Java and Python runtimes fail to properly validate FTP URLs, which can potentially allow attackers to punch holes through firewalls to access local networks. On Saturday, security researcher Alexander Klink disclosed an interesting attack where exploiting an XXE (XML External Entity) vulnerability in a Java application can be used to send emails.
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