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Delusions of M$

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mrpogson.com: M$ is big and has some inertia but it is well past its prime in terms of shaping markets. The sectors that it locked in solidly, retailers and OEMs of PCs, are still pretty well locked in but the growth has gone.

UEFI secure booting (part 2)

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mjg59.dreamwidth.org: Microsoft have responded to suggestions that Windows 8 may make it difficult to boot alternative operating systems. What's interesting is that at no point do they contradict anything I've said. As things stand, Windows 8 certified systems will make it either more difficult or impossible to install alternative operating systems.

Also: Why Linux doesn't support UEFI secure booting

Microsoft of old on Linux desktop, mobile and users

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Microsoft

the451group.com: Though probably not intended as one of the new Windows 8 features to be highlighted, recent reports indicate a boot requirement in Microsoft’s latest Windows 8 OS prevents booting of Linux.

Top 10 Runlevels for Windows 8

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Humor

fossforce.com: You heard the news, we’re sure, that Ballmer & Company unveiled a preview of Windows 8 this week. We FOSS types couldn’t help but notice that the upcoming Windows operating system mimics the penguin.

UEFI secure booting (No Linux for You)

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Microsoft

mjg59.dreamwidth.org: The UEFI secure boot protocol is part of recent UEFI specification releases. It permits one or more signing keys to be installed into a system firmware. Once enabled, secure boot prevents executables or drivers from being loaded unless they're signed by one of these keys.

The Model For Windows 8 Is Linux

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Microsoft

seekingalpha.com: I have made an important conceptual mistake in my recent coverage of Microsoft (MSFT) and its Windows 8 launch.

Also: Microsoft signs Linux patent-protection deal with Casio

Does Windows 8 Pose a Threat to Linux?

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Microsoft

linuxinsider.com (blog safari): Well it was a difficult week for those of us here in the Linux blogosphere last week, what with all the din emanating from the Windows territories to the south.

Windows' Blue Screen of Death: A History

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pcmag.com: You're familiar with the Blue Screen of Death, yes? If you've used Windows, there's good chance you've encountered this worrisome image.

Hands-on with Windows 8:

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  • Windows 8 hands-on slideshow
  • Hands-on with Windows 8: it's good stuff on the PC, too
  • The Two Worlds of Windows 8
  • Hands on: Windows 8 review
  • 5 Reasons Why Windows Users Should Definitely Avoid Linux
  • Lets face it, windows programmers are smart

Mac, Linux or Windows: It Really Doesn’t Matter Anymore

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Mac

makeuseof.com: “Windows is better, you Mac people are morons” or ”Mac OS X is the single greatest operating system in history, and you’re stupid for thinking otherwise” or ”shut up, all of you, and install Linux. Now“.

Big Brother Still Thinks He Knows Best

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Microsoft

mrpogson.com: M$ has had lots of push-back on “the ribbon” in their office suite. And the trolls here think migrating to GNU/Linux will involve “retraining”!!!

Windows XP turns 10

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computerworlduk.com: Windows XP quietly turned 10 years old this week, a milestone for the still-popular operating system that powers nearly half the world's PCs.

Has Microsoft's Patent Deal with Novell Hurt Red Hat?

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Microsoft
SUSE

datamation.com: In November of 2006, Microsoft entered into a patent covenant and interoperability deal with Novell. In 2011, Microsoft has renewed and extended that deal to SUSE Linux, which was spun off from Novell as part of Attachmate's $2.2 billion acquisition of the company.

Linux Hardware Support Better Than Windows 7

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blog.eracc.com: The concept of better is a subjective idea. What is better to me is possibly, even probably, not better to someone else. In my case, and in the case of some of my clients, Linux hardware support is “better”.

Non-Windows Operating Systems for the Beginner

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Microsoft

darkduck.com: Windows is by far the most commonly used operating system, with over 95% market share. The next biggest operating system is Apple's OS X. The second most popular alternative to Windows is Linux.

Microsoft, world’s broadest supporter of Linux

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SUSE

blogs.the451group: In writing recently about the continuation (451 subscribers) of the Microsoft-SUSE Windows-Linux interoperability and patent agreement, it occurred to me that in a sense, Microsoft is the broadest supporter of Linux in the industry.

Top 10 Things to Call a Linux Distro from Microsoft

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Humor

fossforce.com: Gosh, how the time flies when you’re having fun! Here it is, Thursday again, time for another Top Ten list. This week, we wondering what we’d call a Linux distro from Microsoft…

Ubuntu 11.04 vs Windows 7 vs OS X 10.7

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Mac

expertreviews.co.uk: The Expert Reviews benchmarks, which consist of image-editing, video-encoding and multitasking tests, can be run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux PCs.

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