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Another "Linux is more secure than windows" Story

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We all know that Linux is vastly more secure than Windows no matter which way you slice it. So even when a nice highly publicized study shows the opposite, we take it with a grain of salt. But it never hurts to have one in our favor. A new study shows Linux more secure according to surveyed IT managers.

Microsoft Settles to Gateway $150 Million

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Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, agreed to pay personal-computer company Gateway Inc. $150 million over four years to resolve antitrust claims.

And in other M$ legal news: Microsoft files eight lawsuits over counterfeiting.

Microsoft warms up for patch Tuesday

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Microsoft is to release a slew of new patches on 12 April as part of its monthly upgrade cycle, the company said in a posting on its website.

Mills: Microsoft Is Just "Saber-Rattling"

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The IBM exec says Big Blue's collaboration software is the real deal, whereas Redmond's efforts don't even come close.

Eight new patches from Microsoft

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Microsoft will release eight Patches For Windows, Office, Exchange, and MSN Messenger, at least half of which will be marked "critical."

Phishing Scam Targets Windows Update

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A phishing scam emulating the Windows Update Service hit Australia yesterday, designed to not only emulate the update page perfectly, but circumvent current antivirus, spyware and adware programs.

Linux/Windows celebrity deathmatch anyone?

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Comparisons of Linux versus Windows (and open source to close source) just ain't what they used to be. In the old days, it was just one invective after another coming from both sides of the fence. But now, after a string of various reports (some of questionable nature) showing Windows and Linux in a virtual dead heat on issues relating to security and total cost of ownership, researchers are having their names dragged through the mud as well.

Fewer permissions are key to Longhorn security

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M$ has finally tried to implement some form of the built in security features that makes Linux superior. Will this help tame the Wild West environment it created on the internet? Is it too little too late?

Microsoft Expands Anti-Linux Campaign

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Microsoft is expanding its "Get the Facts" campaign against Linux by talking about the reliability of Windows versus Linux systems, a company executive said this week at the Open Source Business Conference here.

"Reliability has been challenging for us. It is an area that has been very noisy," says Martin Taylor, general manager of platform strategy at Microsoft. "Customers say that reliability is very important to them and that they are hearing that Linux and Unix are more reliable than Windows."

High-powered business coalition backs EU commission against Microsoft

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A five-member coalition of high-tech heavyweights, including IBM, Oracle and Nokia, has thrown its weight behind the European Commission in its anti-trust court battle with US software giant Microsoft, the group's lawyer said.

Windows vs. Linux in maintenance costs

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Windows and Linux are neck-and-neck when it comes to the cost of maintenance. Analyst Yankee Group questioned 509 companies and organisations and found that the hourly cost of Windows downtime was three- to four-times higher than that of Linux server downtime.

Former Microsoft employee sentenced two years

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A former Microsoft worker was sentenced Friday to two years in prison and ordered to pay $5 million in restitution after he admitted reselling software he stole from the company and using the money to pay off his mortgage, among other things.

Spam King bankrupted by Microsoft

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A Colorado company sued by Microsoft Corp. under anti-spam laws has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

You Get What You Pay For

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Purely objective information about security issues is becoming one of the scarcest commodities in the tech industry.

Microsoft woos new pals in D.C.

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On Feb. 24, Microsoft Chief Technology Officer Craig Mundie sat in on a "big boys" conference call with the Federal Communications Commission. Others on the line were the chief executives of Time Warner Cable and Comcast and the chairman of the FCC.

Three weeks later, the FCC made a major decision regarding cable set-top boxes that favored Microsoft and the cable companies — and rejected months of lobbying by Intel and others in the computer and electronics industry.

Patent Claims Are a Red Herring, Microsoft Says

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Legal organizations scrutinizing the legitimacy of Microsoft Corp.'s patent on automatic IP address generation have an "anti-patent" agenda, according to Microsoft.

War of words over operating systems' safety

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Doubts were cast this week over the security of three major software systems formerly regarded as safe havens from hacker attacks and viruses.

But experts argue that despite the new findings, these systems are still more secure than their Microsoft counterparts because hackers overwhelmingly target the Windows software.

Microsoft vs Linux Reports - Sheer Waste Of Time?

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Praveen Kurup fires back at that Security Innovations report that stated windows is more secure than linux. They point out several statements contained within that reveal "a few discrepancies that question its credibility."

M$: Trade up to 64-bit Windows for free

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Microsoft plans to allow customers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to trade in their 32-bit versions of Windows for 64-bit editions.

Microsoft denies Xbox issues

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Microsoft has denied a report in the British tech publication The Register, that last month's recall of power cords for 14.1 million Xboxes was connected to broken solder joints inside early Xbox consoles.

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