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Linux Institute opposes Microsoft's Kenya laptop project

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cio.co.uk: The Linux Professional Institute has opposed a move by Microsoft to partner with the Kenyan government in an ambitious $2 billion laptop project.

A Letter to Windows 8.1 from a non-technical Linux user

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mandrivachronicles.blogspot: Hello, Windows 8.1

I am a non-technical Linux user. But wait! Before you turn away in denial (yes, we exist), let me tell you that I once was a long time Windows user. Can I call you "Blue"?

A look at Windows 8.1

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technologytales.com: Last week, Microsoft released a preview of Windows 8.1 and some hailed the return of the Start button but the reality is not as simple as that. Being a Linux user, I am left wondering if ideas have been borrowed from GNOME Shell.

Windows 8.1 review - Still stupendously stupid

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dedoimedo.com: Several days ago, Microsoft released a public beta of their upcoming Windows 8.1 release, which has previously been known and called Windows Blue. This was a great opportunity for me to test the alleged rumors of a desktop renaissance coming back to Windows.

Is Windows use an addiction?

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everydaylinuxuser.com: Only you can decide whether you want to give Linux a try or if you think it can help you. We who are in the Linux community came because we finally gave up trying to control our Windows use. We still hated to admit that we could never use Windows.

GNOME 3, Windows 95 Disconnected

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fossforce.com: About a week and a half ago, I was nearly taken-in when an item appeared on The Register that tied recent Linux desktop woes to behind the scenes moves by Microsoft to enforce patents against GNOME. Supposedly, GNOME was violating Redmond’s patented designs of the Windows 95 desktop, most specifically the Start Menu and the Start button.

How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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theregister.co.uk: There never will be a year when Linux conquers the desktop, because desktop computers are going to merge into tablet-style touch-driven devices and disappear. But desktop Linux was getting close, until Microsoft derailed it a few years back. The GNOME project’s recent release, GNOME 3.8, served to remind me of the significance of Microsoft’s actions.

Secure Boot isn't the only problem facing Linux on Windows 8 hardware

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mjg59.dreamwidth.org: There's now no shortage of Linux distributions that support Secure Boot out of the box, so that's a mostly solved problem. But even if your distribution supports it entirely you still need to boot your install media in the first place.

The Windows Kernel's Achilles' Heel

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linuxinsider.com (blog safari): Last week we saw our favorite operating system named the "benchmark of quality". Now, the cheerfest continues with no less than a confession from a Windows kernel developer that Linux development is better. Could it get any better than this?

Ubuntu vs. Windows 8: Which Is Better Overall?

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datamation.com: In this article, I'll be offering my own comparison between Ubuntu and Windows, explaining where each has its strengths and which OS offers something better overall.

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