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Linus Torvalds busts Microsoft patent

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techeye.net: Open source pin-up Linus Torvalds has managed to stuff up an important Microsoft patent which was being used to force Google Android and Linux handset users to pay up.

Windows 8 and Linux: The perception of change

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techrepublic.com: Jack Wallen sees the changes in Windows 8 and wonders if the Microsoft community will react with the same displeasure that visited the open source community when GNOME 3 and Unity came on the scene.

A Linux desktop and tablet user and Windows 8

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zdnet.com: I’m a Linux user, but I kind of like Windows XP, and I can get along fine with Windows 7, but Windows 8? Argh!

Windows 8 may drive me to Linux

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extremetech.com: I have been a Microsoft defender for decades. “No, MS-DOS 4.0 isn’t really that bad,” I pleaded to friends almost 25 years ago. “Give Windows 98 a chance” I begged ten or 11 years later. Heck, I extolled the virtues of Vista (which I did believe in, by the way) to anyone willing to listen. But in the wake of last week’s introduction of the Consumer Preview edition of Windows 8, I can say only this: Microsoft, you’re on your own.

Is Windows 8 a Linux Copycat?

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linuxinsider.com (blog safari): Here in the world of technology, there's no denying that developers of even the most creative new products and ideas "stand on the shoulders of giants," just as innovators in most other realms do too.

Eight features Windows 8 'borrowed' from Linux

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itworld.com: "Good artists borrow, great artists steal!" -- Pablo Picasso said it. So did T.S. Eliot. And, more recently, Steve Jobs. Let's face it: If something makes sense and succeeds, it gets imitated.

Will Linux Users Ever Be Able to Ditch Microsoft Office?

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thevarguy.com: We all have dirty secrets. Mine is this: Although I run Linux exclusively on all of my computers, I still use Microsoft Office. Here’s why.

KDE vs. Windows 7

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datamation.com: For several years, I've been saying that KDE is no longer trying to catch up with Windows, but surpassed it several years ago. However, last week a reader challenged me to prove it.

How Microsoft Is Riling Up the Linux Masses

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linuxinsider.com (blog safari): It was just the other day that Linux bloggers were celebrating the news from researcher Net Applications that desktop Linux had surged in popularity in recent months. Now, the mood in the blogosphere has plummeted once again as a result of the latest developments on the Windows 8 front. Secure Boot, that is.

Meet Resilient, new file system for Windows

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phoronix.com: Microsoft has announced the Resilient File System (ReFS), a replacement for the NTFS file system which has been used since the first release of Windows NT in 1993.

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  • Bookworm – A Simple Focused Ebook Reader for Linux
    Bookworm is a simple eBook reader created with an emphasis on a distraction-free mode. It was developed by Siddhartha Das to be able to open a variety of file formats including epub, pdf, Mobi, and CBR, among others. Bookworm also serves as an e-book manager since it lets you organize, sort and edit your .epub, PDF, .cbr/CBS and .mobi collection all from inside the same app. This version supports EPUB, PDF, and Comics (CBR and CBZ) formats with support for more formats to follow soon.
  • MellowPlayer is a Cross-Platform Qt Cloud Music App
    Never heard of it? I can’t say I had, either. But a reader of this site, and a fan of MellowPlayer, asked if I could write a few lines about its latest release.
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  • Rugged, fanless box-PC runs Linux on G-Series, offers real-time Ethernet
    MEN Micro’s rugged, fanless “BC50F” box-PC runs Linux on AMD G-Series SoCs, and offers dual HD graphics, GbE, “real-time Ethernet,” mini-PCIe, and more. Nuremberg, Germany-based MEN Micro (aka MEN Mikro) has for many years designed and manufactured rugged embedded PCs targeting applications such as industrial control and public transport. In addition to rugged board-level products, such this FPGA-enabled COM and this i.MX6-based touchscreen controller, the company offers an broad line of rugged box-PCs, including the Intel-based BL70S and BL70W, the AMD-based BL50W and circa-2011 BC1, and the ARM-based BE10A.
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Server: Serverless, Containers, and SysAdmin Careers

  • This Week in Numbers: Serverless Adoption on Par with Containers
    Serverless technologies like functions as a service (FaaS) are in use by 43 percent of enterprises that both have a significant number of strategic workloads running in the public cloud workloads and the ability to dynamically manage them. Without those qualifications, it is easy to misinterpret the findings from New Relic’s survey-based ebook “Achieving Serverless Success with Dynamic Cloud and DevOps.” After digging in, we found that the survey says 70 percent of enterprises have migrated a significant number of workloads to the public cloud. Among this group, 39 percent of using serverless, 40 percent are using containers and 34 percent are using container orchestration.
  • Future Proof Your SysAdmin Career: Configuration and Automation
    System administrators looking to differentiate themselves from the pack are increasingly getting cloud computing certification or picking up skills with configuration management tools. From Puppet, to Chef to Ansible, powerful configuration management tools can arm sysadmins with new skills such as cloud provisioning, application monitoring and management, and countless types of automation. Configuration management platforms and tools have converged directly with the world of open source. In fact, several of the best tools are fully free and open source. From server orchestration to securely delivering high-availability applications, open source tools such as Chef and Puppet can bring organizations enormous efficiency boosts.