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Is Windows 8 a Linux Copycat?

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linuxinsider.com (blog safari): Here in the world of technology, there's no denying that developers of even the most creative new products and ideas "stand on the shoulders of giants," just as innovators in most other realms do too.

Eight features Windows 8 'borrowed' from Linux

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itworld.com: "Good artists borrow, great artists steal!" -- Pablo Picasso said it. So did T.S. Eliot. And, more recently, Steve Jobs. Let's face it: If something makes sense and succeeds, it gets imitated.

Will Linux Users Ever Be Able to Ditch Microsoft Office?

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thevarguy.com: We all have dirty secrets. Mine is this: Although I run Linux exclusively on all of my computers, I still use Microsoft Office. Here’s why.

KDE vs. Windows 7

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datamation.com: For several years, I've been saying that KDE is no longer trying to catch up with Windows, but surpassed it several years ago. However, last week a reader challenged me to prove it.

How Microsoft Is Riling Up the Linux Masses

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linuxinsider.com (blog safari): It was just the other day that Linux bloggers were celebrating the news from researcher Net Applications that desktop Linux had surged in popularity in recent months. Now, the mood in the blogosphere has plummeted once again as a result of the latest developments on the Windows 8 front. Secure Boot, that is.

Meet Resilient, new file system for Windows

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phoronix.com: Microsoft has announced the Resilient File System (ReFS), a replacement for the NTFS file system which has been used since the first release of Windows NT in 1993.

Linux won't be locked out of Windows 8 PCs, but FUD continues

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zdnet.com: A tiny but vocal minority of Linux fanatics are pounding the table today over a new security feature called Secure Boot that will be introduced in Windows 8, shrilly accusing Microsoft once again of a conspiracy to “lock out” Linux. They are pounding the table because the facts are not on their side.

Microsoft confirms UEFI fears, locks down ARM devices

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softwarefreedom.org: At the beginning of December, we warned the Copyright Office that operating system vendors would use UEFI secure boot anticompetitively, by colluding with hardware partners to exclude alternative operating systems.

M$ Shrinks

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