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Linux backers rally against Microsoft patents

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  • Linux backers rally against Microsoft patents
  • Open source group buys up Microsoft patents
  • WSJ reports OIN to acquire former SGI patents (via Microsoft)

5 things you must know about Windows 7

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sinaisix.blogspot: In just over one month, Microsoft will release its long awaited and highly publicized OS dubbed Windows 7. This version of Windows has no doubt received positive vibes from a lot of people. However, if you are thinking of upgrading to this OS, then wait and read these five things.

Microsoft’s Best Buy Lies About Linux Debunked

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linuxologist.com: In an effort to thwart Linux sales on netbooks, Microsoft has started a training program at Best Buy to “educate” their “experts” on Linux. And true to their fashion, MS resorted to FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) and straight out LIES!

Microsoft 'indoctrinates' Best Buy workers with anti-Linux 'lies'

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dailyfinance.com: Microsoft (MFST) is "indoctrinating" Best Buy (BBY) workers to sell its highly anticipated Windows 7 operating system using outright lies about the performance of open-source competitor Linux, according to Linux experts and at least one Best Buy employee who has seen the alleged Microsoft training slides.

The Bubble: Microsoft Social Land

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doctormo.wordpress: I was curious enough to day to have a look at a link-back to yesterday’s blog post. It was at Neowin. Now the neowin news site does seem to be a bubble of Microsoft lovers.

The Weekly “Screw Google” Meeting? It’s Between the “F@%! Linux” Luncheon and the “Ream Apple” Social.

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allthingsd.com: Get this: Microsoft has been holding secret “Screw Google” meetings in Washington where it schemes to undermine Google and prevent the company from subsuming the businesses that took it decades to build.

Ubuntu 9.10 vs. Mac OS X Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7

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junauza.com: Over a short period of time, three major operating system releases will take place. For all of you, I'm going to highlight the main features of Ubuntu 9.10, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and Windows 7.

Why do Linux and open source lovers give Apple a free ride?

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blogs.computerworld: In its "Windows 7 Sins" campaign, the Free Software Foundation has labeled Windows 7 as "treacherous computing," and accuses Microsoft of such acts as "poisoning education." But Apple is arguably even more closed than Microsoft, yet always gets a free ride from vociferous open source proponents. Can anyone explain this hypocrisy?

FSF Launches Windows7sins tomorrow

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jonathancarter.co.za: Tomorrow the Free Software Foundation plans to launch the windows7sins campaign, similiar to the BadVista campaign that ran for Windows Vista. From the info-member list:

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