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Microsoft’s Got Nothin’ – The Patent “War” Against Linux

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everydaylht.com: In the last three years, Microsoft claims to have entered into over 600 licensing agreements with companies small and large over alleged patent violations in "Linux". One consistent feature of all these agreements is that their contents are unknown.

Mac OS X 10.6.3 vs. Windows 7 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Benchmarks

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phoronix.com: Now it is time to see how Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 compete with one another.

Operating Systems on the AAO

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elevenislouder.blogspot: Recently, I came into the possession of an Acer Aspire One (AOA150, ZG5). It's a modest netbook with a 160GB IDE, 1GB of RAM, and an Intel Atom N270 CPU. I was trying to find one OS that would be responsive, stable, energy conservative, and one that would support all of the AAOs hardware. The following were my results:

Tilting at Windows. Why rejecting Microsoft’s OSS contributions is counter-productive

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blogs.the451group: Yesterday I had a look at the response of the Joomla! community to the news that Microsoft had signed the Joomla! Contributor Agreement and was contributing code to the content management project.

Windows Vista is the best Windows ever!

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dedoimedo.com: This title may shock you. Are you high, Dedo, you may ask. Perhaps inebriated? No, I'm perfectly sober and sane. I'm just stating the most overlooked fact in computing history, that of Microsoft Windows Vista being the best release to ever have come out of Redmond forges.

Installing fresh operating systems, then updating them

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toolbox.com/blogs: What it really boils down to is that installing either Linux or windows is pretty simple and takes similar amounts of time. However, the install does not finish once the installation CD is ejected from the computer. The operating system then needs to be updated.

Microsoft Only Singles Out *Linux* As "Infringing On Its Patents"

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penguinpetes.com: Funny how it's always Linux which Microsoft is alleging is infringing on Microsoft's patent portfolio, isn't it? Not FreeBSD, not OpenBSD, not NetBSD, not Solaris (open or closed), not Plan Nine From Bell Labs, not ReactOS, not Minix, not GNU-HURD, not any of the flavors of proprietary Unix.

What is in those Microsoft Linux patent agreements?

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blogs.zdnet.com: I want to look at a different question today. Why are so many smart companies signing up with these agreements? What is in them?

Is the Microsoft-HTC patent deal more about Linux or Apple?

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  • Is the Microsoft-HTC patent deal more about Linux or Apple?
  • Microsoft Cross-Licensing Tactic May Get Teeth Pulled Soon

Microsoft's FUD goes mobile

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  • Microsoft's FUD goes mobile
  • HTC signs patent deal with Microsoft for Android
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Security Leftovers

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GNOME Extensions Website Has A New Look

Every GNOME Shell user will visit the official GNOME Shell Extensions website at least once. And if those users do so this weekend they’ll notice a small difference as the GNOME Shell Extensions website is sporting a minor redesign. This online repo plays host to a stack of terrific add-ons that add additional features and tweak existing ones. Read more