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Windows 8: it's too soon, Microsoft

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zdnet.com.au: When software behemoth Microsoft released its Windows Vista platform in late 2006, organisations did their best to hold their noses and back away from the malodorous operating system. Now, the company looks to be making the same mistake all over again.

Also: Microsoft case: FSFE in European Court of Justice hearing

A Liberating Betrayal?

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computerworlduk.com: Just two short weeks after assuring us Skype was safe in their hands, Microsoft seems intent on cutting its link with Linux.

Microsoft to support CentOS

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  • Microsoft kicks off Tech-Ed with license and virtualization upgrades
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Now Supports Linux-based CentOS
  • Microsoft's open source love-in expands with CentOS Linux support
  • Open source not just mainstream, it’s mainstreamier

Fear Haunts Users of That Other OS

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mrpogson.com: It won’t go away. That other OS fools its users about the identification of files causing what looks like text or other innocent files to be executable… If ever there was a flaw in the design of an OS this is it.

Is Linux Really More Secure than Windows?

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  • Is Linux Really More Secure than Windows?
  • Yes Virginia, Windows Vista Is More Secure

Open source foiled Microsoft antitrust case

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computerworld.com: Just over a decade ago, a U.S. District Court judge decided that Microsoft was as much of a threat to the technology sector as Standard Oil was almost a century ago to the oil industry, and with that he ordered Microsoft split into two.

Microsoft's Skype acquisition may impact Linux users

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itworld.com: After a week of rumors about Skype being heavily courted by buyers such as Google and Facebook, it looks like the winning bidder may be Microsoft.

Also: Open Source alternatives for Skype

Windows 7 Declares War on GRUB

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zdnet.co.uk/blogs: In preparing for a training class next week, I have acquired a quite nice new HP Pavilion dm1-3105ez sub-notebook. I need to have one system running Windows (XP/Vista/7) and one running some version(s) of Linux. I then installed openSuSE 11.4. It wouldn't boot.

'PC User' Doesn't Mean 'Windows User'

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pcworld.com: It's all too common in the popular press to see the assumption made that "PC" means "Windows PC." PC, however, is short for "personal computer"--a term that includes not just Windows computers but Macs and Linux computers as well.

Linux is Spoiling Me!!

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linuxmigrante.blogspot: After reading an article about how tests have shown that antivirus solutions, in spite of their struggle to keep Windows systems protected, have fallen behind malware threats (MS Security Essentials among these)--and one company has actually fallen prey of hackers itself--, I realized that Linux is spoiling me.

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