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How Microsoft Learned to Stop Worrying and (Almost) Love Open Source

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wired.com: Sam Ramji insisted that he wasn’t joking, that he wasn’t crazy, and that he hadn’t joined some sort of dark Microsoft conspiracy.

Microsoft contributes open-source code to Samba

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zdnet.com: Microsoft has contributed source code under the GPLv3 to Samba, the file server software that enables Linux servers to share files with Windows PCs. No, I’m not making this up.

Leading PC makers confirm: no Windows 8 plot to lock out Linux

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zdnet.com: The drumbeat from Linux advocates about a key security feature in Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 is getting louder. They call it an anti-Linux plot. But the two leading PC makers disagree.

People see and want but then don't

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toolbox.com: People are strange. They want something new. Yet, they don't want to give up the old. They want bigger, better, faster and flashier without having to give up the known, the comfortable or the familier. In other words people want their omlets without having to break the eggs.

Linux Foundation wades into Windows 8 secure boot controversy

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networkworld.com: The Linux Foundation today released technical guidance to PC makers on how to implement secure UEFI without locking Linux or other free software off of new Windows 8 machines.

And: Linux Foundation, Canonical and Red Hat Weigh In On Secure Boot

Firefox partners with The Evil Empire

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zdnet.com: Mozilla, has joined up with Microsoft to make a special version of Firefox that uses the Bing for its default search engine and home page.

UEFI Headaches Begin For Linux Users

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benjaminkerensa.com: My friend recently got an HP s5-1110 with Win 7 installed. UEFI has prevented the installation of GRUB on this machine. I could find no way in the BIOS to disable the feature and so far, as I work my way up the HP tech support ladder, I have found no HP techs who have a clue what I’m talking about.

Why I’ve finally had it with my Linux server and I’m moving back to Windows

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zdnet.com: I’ve had it. I’ve had it with all the patched together pieces and parts that all have to be just the right versions, with just the right dependencies, compiled in just the right way, during just the right phase of the moon, with just the right number of people tilting left at just the right time.

Management of UEFI secure booting

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mjg59.dreamwidth.org: The FSF have released a statement on UEFI secure boot. It explains the fundamental issue here, which isn't something as simple as "will OEMs let me install Linux". It's "Does the end user have the ability to manage their own keys".

Microsoft isn't the enemy when it comes to blocking Linux on Windows 8 PCs

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zdnet.com: This call to action seems to have created a rift here on ZDNet. In the ‘Open Source’ corner is Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, who calls UEFI a ‘cage’ and urges everyone to sign the FSF’s petition so that ‘your PC remains in your hands and not Microsoft’s’. In the ‘Windows’ corner is Ed Bott, who wonders who ’Linux fanatics’ want to make ‘Windows 8 less secure’. Can’t we all just get along?

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