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Majority of Linux users still use Windows or MacOS

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Mac

Majority of voters, more than one third, use two operating systems on their computer, one of them being a flavour of Linux and another - Windows or MacOS

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Also: World Without Linux Video Series Debuts

No, Microsoft Is Not Buying Canonical

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Ubuntu

The response came very quickly from both companies, who denied the rumors. While Microsoft’s response was "Microsoft declines to comment as they do not comment on rumors or speculation," Canonical's CEO Jane Silber responded with "Your sources are wrong; there are no such discussions."

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Open-sourcing Windows: If I ran Microsoft, here's how I'd do it

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If you were running Microsoft, how would you go about converting Windows into a fully Open Source project?

It may seem like a ludicrous idea to many – the notion that Microsoft would ever willingly open source their cash cow operating system – but I want to think this through. If I had control of Microsoft, how would I accomplish this seemingly impossible task? What are the specific steps I would take to get us from point A to point B?

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Top Tips For Migrating from Windows to Linux

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Microsoft

It's easy to forget how intimidating it can be when trying something completely new for the first time. This is especially true when a power-user comfortable with Windows tries Linux. Since I'm a power user of various Linux distros, Windows and OS X, I have some insights that I think people looking to migrate to Linux need to read. Let's get started, shall we?

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Patents and Peace: Are the Microsoft-Linux Wars Over?

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Legal

That's the question Roy Schestowitz, a longtime advocate of open source software, asks in a recent blog post. His answer is a resounding "no."

Despite the declaration by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella earlier this year that "Microsoft loves Linux," Schestowitz points out, the company still seems to be funding patent cases involving open source software.

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Microsoft's “embrace, extend, extinguish”

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Microsoft

What's the Game or App That Would Convince You to Drop Windows?

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Linux
Microsoft

One of the reasons some users are not dropping Windows right now and adopting Linux is because of a particular game they love and play. So, what is the game that's keeping you from switching to Linux and total freedom?

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Also: Microsoft’s Linux OS & Open Source Cred

Keeping your Linux system safe

No, XFS won’t steal your money

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Microsoft
Security

That handy link & footnote leads us to Wikipedia, which explains that “XFS middleware” refers to CEN/XFS, which is not in any way related to the XFS filesystem, or Linux, and is in fact Microsoft specific:

CEN/XFS or XFS (eXtensions for Financial Services) provides a client-server architecture for financial applications on the Microsoft Windows platform.

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Worried about Windows 10 privacy? Use Linux

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Luckily, Windows is not the only game in town, folks. Actually, there are many wonderful operating systems available to you at no charge. Unlike Windows 10, where it is only free with a prior licence, most Linux-based operating systems are entirely free. Period. If you want to try one of these open-source operating systems, you may be confused as to where to start. Don't worry, I am here to help. Here are the distributions and software you should use.

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Microsoft’s wake-up call on software piracy

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With piracy-related lawsuits becoming a looming possibility, open-source software seems to be the answer

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SolydXK 201606 Rebases the Raspberry Pi 3 Image on Raspbian, Adds Firefox ESR

Today, June 27. 2016, Arjen Balfoort has announced the release and general availability of the June's updated ISO images for his SolydX and SolydK GNU/Linux distributions. Read more

How to: Disk partitioning for Linux and Windows dual-booting

Finally, there is an Extended Partition for all the other Linux distributions I am trying out on this little netbook. The actual number installed varies depending on what I am doing. There are currently six different distributions installed there, and there is enough free space at the end to add one or two more if I want. The important thing here is that the Linux grub bootloader will boot either a Primary or a Logical Partition without requiring any unusual manipulation of boot files or partitions. Ok, that's enough - probably more than enough. I hope that what all of this showed was that installing Linux doesn't require complicated disk partitioning, it can actually be quite simple. Read more

antiX 16 "Berta Cáceres" Linux OS Arrives without systemd, Based on Debian 8.5

Today, June 27, 2016, just a few moments ago, the developers of the antiX GNU/Linux operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of the antiX 16 distribution. Read more