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Windows v Linux on a new laptop

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linuxinexile.blogspot: So I've moved on to a different organization. Once at the new office, I received a new laptop: a Dell Latitude E6410. This is a pretty nice machine. It came from the factory with Windows Vista Basic pre-installed, but of course I wanted to put Linux on it.

7 months with Windows 7 (a response)

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go2linux.org: Today I cam across a post titled seven months with windows 7. I do not agree 100% with it. Let me tell you why.

7 months with Windows 7

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fewt.com: Back in late February of this year, I performed an exhaustive test to see where Desktop Linux distributions stood in comparison to Windows 7. At that time, I discovered that Windows 7 is actually a really great operating system and seeing the amount of potential, I began to shift towards using it full time at home.

OS representations and the choice of migration

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mandrivachronicles.blogspot: I have noticed that there are several representations of Linux and Windows that are used to dissuade people from migrating. Unfortunately, an uninformed migration normally ends up in disappointment and, as a result, hurt people resort to disqualifying depictions again in a never-ending circle.

The Difference Between Apple and Linux

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asinen.org: Mike has ditched Linux for Mac OS X. His blog post and most of the comments are quite measured, which is nice. A lot of Mike’s criticisms are probably quite valid too. However, he is comparing quite different things.

Microsoft Death Watch

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goodbyemicrosoft.net: In the fall of 2009 I predicted that Microsoft would enter Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in five years, based on my reading of their United States Security and Exchange Commission filings. That was before I was aware that Microsoft was in debt --

Also: 2010 acquisitions--Microsoft: 0, Google: 23

Linux servers, Windows XP desktops: a happy marriage?

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networkworld.com: The IT folks love Linux. The users know, and therefore love, Windows. Sound like a war? For Wade Stankich, it's more like a happy marriage.

Microsoft HPC claim: Windows is cheaper than Linux

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networkworld.com: Microsoft has made some pretty bold claims about Linux throughout its longstanding love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with the open source operating system.

Windows 7: One Year Later

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  • Windows 7: One Year Later, Through The Eyes of Lenovo
  • A Quick Review: Windows 7

Microsoft Exec Says 'Open' Means 'Incompetent'

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techdirt.com: Glyn Moody points us to the news that a Microsoft exec is criticizing the Brazilian government's support for open source software using some pretty weak arguments. This isn't new.

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