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Big trolls vs. small trolls: The real battle behind patent reform

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The dirty secret IBM, Microsoft, and other self-proclaimed advocates of patent reform don't want you to know is that they are trolls, too. They have large and highly profitable business units using exactly the same tactics as the patent trolls they hate. The reason they hate the trolls is not because of what they do -- after all, IBM and Microsoft were the pioneers of treating patent portfolios as profit centers rather than cost centers. No, the reason they hate the trolls is because the trolls attack them with the weapons they themselves perfected.

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Also from Phipps (OSI President): 4 ways open source protects you against software patents

K. Y. Srinivasan: From Serving Microsoft’s Agenda Inside Novell to Helping Microsoft Infiltrate and Control Linux

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So in other words, it is about taxing and controlling (and spying on) GNU/Linux by making Microsoft its seller. It is also about running GNU/Linux merely as a guest on Windows hosts, using proprietary software of course.

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Winamp Petition Emerges as Microsoft Considers Purchase

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As previously reported, AOL plans to shut down Winamp after serving music lovers for around 16 years. The company didn’t state why the long-time service and app will be discontinued, only reporting that Winamp will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. We can’t even use it through the holidays.

Now there’s a petition to keep Winamp alive by making the client open source. "Winamp is the best media player ever built. If there were other alternatives that would be fine. But there is nothing that can do what Winamp can do. It is the most versatile media player on earth," the petition reads.

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Google to sell anti-Microsoft mugs

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Google has started an anti-Microsoft campaign called ‘MicroShaft’ to convince users to avoid Microsoft products – which (despite being insanely expensive) have backdoors to give security agencies easy access to user’s data.

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Microsoft's Intense Lobbying Works: Goodlatte To Drop Plan To Allow For Faster Review Of Bad Software Patents

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Last week, we wrote about Microsoft's intense, and somewhat dishonest, lobbying to try to remove one aspect of proposed patent reform: the covered business methods program, which would have allowed approved technology patents to get reviewed by the Patent Office much more quickly. It was based on Senator Chuck Schumer's plan, which enabled the same feature for patents related to financial services. Many have seen that Schumer's effort was somewhat successful in stopping bad financial services patents, and so it makes sense to do the same thing for software as well. In fact, it makes more sense, since so many patent lawsuits and patent troll shakedowns involve software-related patents.

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Mono Developers Renew Their Love For Microsoft

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Xamarin, the company driving the development of the Mono open-source .NET framework that is generally loved or hated by Phoronix readers, has announced a new partnership with Microsoft.

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Updates knocking on the door!

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And then, there's the celebrated Microsoft update to convert your Windows 8 RT computer into a Windows 8.1 RT... brick! It went so bad that Microsoft had to prevent people from installing it.

I don't know if they fixed it but, according to this post, the update to Win 8.1 now seems to convert your computer into a cat (because it does not play nicely with mice).

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Linux Desktop In The Enterprise: Ubuntu Vs. Windows

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networkcomputing.com: The "year of the Linux desktop" has been prophesied by Linux supporters almost every year for the last decade. This was once a lofty goal in the Microsoft-dominated enterprise, but times are changing.

Dell Still Offers Ubuntu Amid Microsoft Loan, Windows 8.1

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thevarguy.com: Microsoft (MSFT) is loaning Dell roughly $2 billion, but Michael Dell continues to support Ubuntu, Oracle, Red Hat and other Microsoft rivals. Here's why.

Linux conference opens with vow of end of era for Windows

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itworldcanada.com: Linux has made the operating system fight into a “two-horse race”, the head of the Linux Foundation told the opening of the annual LinuxCon conference.

City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

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theregister.co.uk: Windows XP users in Germany’s third largest city are being offered free upgrades to Ubuntu ahead of termination of Microsoft support for the OS next Spring.

Ballmer's greatest quotes

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iafrica.com: Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is probably one of the most hated CEOs on the planet - being called the worst ever by some cynics. But whether you like him or hate him, you can't deny that he's one of the most quotable and entertaining suits in the tech industry. We take a look...

Steve Ballmer retires: A dark day for Linux!

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itworld.com: Today in Open Source: Ballmer retires from Microsoft, Linux users weep. Plus: How to find the best Linux distro, and the fifty best Linux distros!

Battle of the Office Suites: Microsoft Office and LibreOffice Compared

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lifehacker.com: For a long time, Microsoft Office has been the reigning champ of office suites, but that doesn't mean the free alternative, LibreOffice, isn't worth considering. Let's take a look at how the two compare, and if it's finally possible to ditch the paid option for the free one.

Also: LibreOffice 4.1.1 RC2 Gets New Features on All Platforms

As Linux stalks Windows poor countries will benefit

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hispanicbusiness.com: What do the International Space Station, the Czech Post Office, the French Parliament and the Turkish Government have in common? All have switched from using a proprietary Operating System (OS) on their computers to an 'open source' or free OS; or putting it simply: They have switched from Windows to a free OS called Linux. And they are not alone.

Windows 8: PRISM Edition

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fsf.org: Edward Snowden's latest leak reveals that Microsoft has been helping the NSA circumvent encryption for online services like SkyDrive, Outlook.com, and Hotmail.

Samsung Accidentally Leaked The exFAT Linux Driver

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phoronix.com: Last month there was news of a native Linux driver for Microsoft's exFAT file-system. It turns out that the driver wasn't developed through any clean-room reverse-engineering but was rather the apparent rebadging of a Samsung exFAT driver for Linux.

Windows isn't dying, it's just becoming irrelevant

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zdnet.com: Just as the stone ax gave way to one made of bronze, the Windows-powered PC must now give way to better, more customized, more refined tools.

Who’s Winning the PC OS War? Who Cares?!

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drbill.tv: Linux or Windows is apparently not the question anymore… check this out! What has really destroyed Microsoft’s choke hold on the global personal computing market over the past 15 years hasn’t been a legal threat but a market shift.

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