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Microsoft 'loves' Linux? Then stop attacking open source

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OSS

According to Satya Nadella, Microsoft loves Linux. He said as much, complete with pictures -- and his team backs him up. In itself, it's a remarkable statement.

Nadella's predecessor, Steve Ballmer, described open source in the darkest terms, characterizing it (with the GNU GPL) as a commercial cancer and never retracting the slur. In many ways, that dark prophecy has come true for Microsoft, which has seen its rent-seeking business model steadily eroded by open source. Though it still has a cash cow to milk, Microsoft's monopolies no longer frighten anyone.

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Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 With Intel HD Graphics

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Microsoft

For those curious how the latest open-source Intel Linux graphics driver is performing against Intel's newest closed-source Windows OpenGL driver, we've put Ubuntu 14.10 (including a second run with the latest Linux kernel / Mesa) against Microsoft Windows 8.1 with the newest Intel GPU driver released earlier this month.

As I've been mentioning on Twitter, fresh Windows 8.1 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 benchmarks are coming in the days ahead with Intel HD Graphics, AMD Radeon, and NVIDIA GeForce hardware. With the AMD/NVIDIA tests it includes the closed-source, binary drivers for Linux too. The Intel Haswell graphics results are up first since that's the most straight forward with Intel's Linux graphics support only coming through via their open-source driver.

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Windows, Linux ARM servers are on their way to the data center

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Some people can't believe that Microsoft is working on a version of Windows Server for ARM processors. I only wonder what took the software giant so long.

True, when you think of ARM processors your mind immediately goes to smartphones and tablets, but 64-bit ARM processors can do far, far more than tweet your latest photo to your followers. Server hardware companies such as Dell and HP have been working on 64-bit ARM as a future data center platform for years.

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KDE With Theoretical Client-Side Decorations, Windows 10 Influence

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KDE
Microsoft

KDE contributor and graphics designer Ken Vermette has penned an interesting series of KDE "What if..." articles where he talks about (and has some visual mock-ups) about what KDE might look like with client-side decorations along and separately if KDE were to use Windows 10 design components.

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Also: What if… Plasma Used Launchers from Other Systems & Enviornments? (Part 1)

What if… KDE Used Windows 10 Design Components?

Ex-Microsoft man takes up arms for Red Hat's open-cloud crusade

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Red Hat
Microsoft

So where does Red Hat turn? Microsoft – that’s where.

Red Hat in September hired Harry Mower as senior director, developer programs and evangelism.

Mower has been an evangelist and outreach manager for Microsoft since 2006, on media, telecoms and entertainment. His job, to expand uptake and adoption of Microsoft technologies.

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Italian consumers shouldn’t have to pay for software they don’t want – Letter to Regulators

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

FSFE and Italian consumer association ADUC, along with Italian group ILS, are asking regulators to take concrete steps to protect Italians from being forced to pay for software they do not want or need. Italy’s High Court ruled in September that computer vendors must reimburse customers for the price of unwanted non-free software that comes pre-installed on PCs and laptops. Today, FSFE, ADUC and ILS have sent a letter to the Italian competition authorities, calling on them to ensure that vendors will comply with the High Court’s decision, and respect the rights of their customers.

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Is open source really harder work? Munich's experience shows it's more complicated than that

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Linux
Microsoft

Georg Greve is CEO of Kolab Systems, the company that recently began implementing groupware software to manage mail, calendar, task, and contact lists for the council.

The reason the mayor was unable to access email through his smartphone is due to how a legacy server had been set up, he explained, and would still have been a problem if the council had stuck with Microsoft.

"They had a system in place which was a plain old mail system, an IMAP server, the same system they've been using for a very long time," he said.

"It's behind a firewall and the firewall is configured in a way that a mobile phone shouldn't be able to access it, because all of this goes back to pre-mobile phone days.

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Munich sheds light on the cost of dropping Linux and returning to Windows

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

No return to using Windows as the main desktop OS is planned, but the council is intending to conduct a study to see which operating systems and software packages - both proprietary and open source - best fit its needs. The audit would also take into account the work already carried out to move the council to free software.

Now in a response to Munich's Green Party the mayor Dieter Reiter has revealed the cost of returning to Windows.

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South Korea Faces The Bill For Lock-in To Wintel

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Security

I expect Korea will have to redo everything and get it right this time. Let’s hope they demand GNU/Linux be used for on-line/financial transactions and to protect data but failing that let’s hope they make GNU/Linux optional and the people can decide. There’s something refreshing about a whole country aroused about insecurity with that other OS on the check-list of things to fix.

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Good Karma

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

If you are doing it yourself or if you hire someone, you might still need to know how to install GNU/Linux. There are literally hundreds of sources of GNU/Linux. I’ve been using GNU/Linux for many years and only dealt with a few of them. You can hunt for a distribution of GNU/Linux at Distrowatch. You can get the software by downloading an image file of a CD and burning a CD, buying a CD or receiving a copy from a friend, or getting files to put on a USB drive… or… That’s why geeks are useful.

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