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Will I Go Back?

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I'm using the Linux distribution Ubuntu for over a year now – I hopped on the train with version 8.04 LTS. Although I still 'need' Windows for a number of things, I am more than pleased with this operating system. It runs perfectly – almost.

Microsoft Releases GPL'd Software (Again): Does This Change Anything?

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softwarefreedom.org/blog: Microsoft has received much undeserved press about their recent release of Linux drivers for their virtualization technology under GPLv2. I say “undeserved” because I don't particularly see why Microsoft should be lauded merely for doing something that is in their own interest that they've done before.

Microsoft's EC proposals now include ODF and interoperability

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h-online.com: Microsoft's original proposal to the European Commission, that it drop the web browser entirely from Windows 7, has been superseded with a new proposal that users be offered a "ballot box" of browser options.

Also: Sneak Peek: Microsoft’s Retail Stores

Yes Linus, Microsoft hating is a disease. And it's a pandemic

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freesoftwaremagazine.com: The submission by Microsoft of twenty thousand lines of code to the Kernel has, predictably, caused many an eyebrow to arch. The phrase “beware Greeks bearing gifts” comes swiftly to mind.

Linux and Unix Uptime vs Microsoft on Netcraft

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blog.eracc.com: Could it be that Microsoft, Microsoft shills and/or Microsoft fanboys for same are “gaming” the uptime table at Netcraft? Unless I am misunderstanding something, frankly, I think they are.

Microsoft is Now Our Friend

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linuxtoday.com: This has been an amusing story for this week. In a nutshell, Microsoft got busted for a GPL violation. It took over two years, but finally MS came into compliance and then released the source code with much fanfare and self-congratulations.

Microsoft to Bundle Firefox and Chrome with Windows?

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readwriteweb.com: In its effort to detangle itself from the ongoing proceedings of the European Union antitrust case, it seems Microsoft is offering to include rival web browsers in the Windows OS.

Microsoft responds to GPL violations

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  • The Microsoft Linux GPLv2 contribution saga unfolds

  • Falling profits forced Microsoft's open source hand
  • Microsoft and Vyatta rebutt reports of GPL violation
  • Microsoft wants to be part of Unique Identity project: Bill Gates

Microsoft Patches Linux; Linus Responds

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linux-mag.com: Microsoft has released code for inclusion in the Linux kernel, but should it be accepted? Linus Torvalds gives his perspective.

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