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If Microsoft Bought Novell

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SUSE

thelinuxlink.net: Dave Yates had brought up on TLLTS and then later on LottaLinuxLinks Oggcast the possibility of Microsoft buying Novell now that the latter company is up for sale. He felt hat this would place Microsoft in an interesting position to own the Unix Copyrights and to have their own Linux distribution.

Washing the windows myths. Legal liability.

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Linux
Microsoft

toolbox.com: Due to the fact that windows is produced by a single company and Linux is not then there is a target for any legal action which needs to be taken. With Linux there is no single target that legal action can be brought against for when things go wrong.

Usability Comparison: Five PC Operating Systems Compared

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Microsoft

g33q.co.za: Most Operating systems are very good these days. Primary focus for the Desktop Computer should be ease of use, or so you’d hope. I take five Operating Systems and compare them using six tasks that most users will need to do at least once a week. Here is how they did.

Washing the windows myths. Service and support.

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Linux
Microsoft

toolbox.com: One of the biggest fear factors that companies have with their computing systems is that things can go bang. This prompts the who you gunna call question from higher ups.

World's Funniest Windows Error Messages

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Microsoft
Humor

junauza.com: We all know how it sucks to see error messages. If you have been using Windows all your life, you have probably seen lots of them already.

Washing the windows myths. Ease of use.

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Linux
Microsoft

toolbox.com: Linux is only for geeks. Windows is easy to use. Linux is hard. You have to use the command line under Linux. You never need to use the console under windows. Windows is all point and click. You have to be a wiz at computers to be able to use Linux. Anybody can use windows.

6 things Microsoft needs to do before I’ll take Windows seriously

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linuxcritic.wordpress: I’m an IT guy in what is still largely a Windows world. While the Information Technology industry hasn’t caught up just yet, I like to consider myself a bit more forward looking than that. The way I see it, Windows isn’t ready for the enterprise yet.

Washing the windows myths. Device support.

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Linux
Microsoft

toolbox.com/blogs: There is a common mantra which windows advocates like to chant. The mantra goes like this, windows has better device support. This is simply a myth.

To Microsoft, Open Source means "Windows Encumbered"

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opensource.org: One of the most interesting things to happen in the past couple of years, is Microsoft's embrace of Open Source. This means different things to various people I've spoken with at Microsoft.

Microsoft turning into a toothless tiger?

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Microsoft

toolbox.com/blogs: Many moons ago, while the IT jungle was still fresh and green. There was a big blue king of the jungle. With a snarl here and a snarl there and everywhere a patent lawsuit this tiger ruled the pack for many, many years.

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