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Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

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computerworlduk.com: One of the unusual aspects of open source is the fact that the software development philosophy spills over into the way that the project is run. This means that how and why things are done, and by whom, is plain for all to see. Contrast that with Microsoft.

XO-1.5 to Run Windows 7

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Microsoft

olpcnews.com: Buried under the XO-3 vaporware hype was more information on the very real XO-1.5 hardware that is a gift to Microsoft. Just read this paragraph from the One Laptop Per Child press release:

Windows 7 vs Ubuntu 9.10 - 3D Benchmarks

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Ubuntu

jeffhoogland.blogspot: Unigine offers two free benchmarks - Tropics and Sanctuary. I ran both demos using OpenGL (because OpenGL runs on both platforms natively and DirectX does not).

Microsoft Loses Appeal Over Word Patent

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Legal
  • Microsoft barred from selling Word, has plan for workaround
  • New Moonlight Covenant has been posted

Ubuntu vs Windows Hardware Requirements

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Ubuntu

cityblogger.com/archives: I compared the hardware requirements of a popular Linux Desktop: Ubuntu 9.10 with Windows 7 both of which were released last month.

From windows to Linux. Was there a choice?

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Microsoft

toolbox.com/blogs: Ever since windows came out, until Linux and it's brethren came along, there has really been no other choice of operating system. Before you get your knickers in a knot and start spouting off the multitude of operating systems that were available at that time, let me explain.

What if Linux and windows marry?

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Microsoft

locutus.us: Quite often in relationships there are two seemingly very different people who, for some reason, become a couple. To outside eyes they appear to be completely incompatible with each other. These people marry and have a child. This child is a combination of characteristics of these two people. Sometimes these different characteristics produce a wonder child and sometimes they produce a child we wonder about.

Microsoft Settles EU Antitrust Case Over Web Browser

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bloomberg.com: Microsoft Corp. ended more than a decade of antitrust disputes with the European Union by giving consumers a choice among Web browsers.

Linux and windows stereotypes

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Microsoft

toolbox.com/blogs: In our lives we tend to apply stereotypes. Everyone has a stereotype for their work, ethnic persuasion or geographical location. Particularly in the computing industry there exists, often spiteful, stereotypes between windows and Linux advocates.

Windows 7 - An Ubuntu User's Perspective

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  • Hands on with Windows 7 - An Ubuntu User's Perspective
  • Windows 7 Proves a Challenge to Linux
  • Windows 7 Complaints Trickling In
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Opera Data Breach, Security of Personal Data

  • Opera User? Your Stored Passwords May Have Been Stolen
    Barely a week passes without another well-known web company suffering a data breach or hack of some kind. This week it is Opera’s turn. Opera Software, the company behind the web-browser and recently sold to a Chinese consortium for $600 million, reported a ‘server breach incident’ on its blog this weekend.
  • When it comes to protecting personal data, security gurus make their own rules
    Marcin Kleczynski, CEO of a company devoted to protecting people from hackers, has safeguarded his Twitter account with a 14-character password and by turning on two-factor authentication, an extra precaution in case that password is cracked. But Cooper Quintin, a security researcher and chief technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, doesn’t bother running an anti-virus program on his computer. And Bruce Schneier? The prominent cryptography expert and chief technology officer of IBM-owned security company Resilient Systems, won’t even risk talking about what he does to secure his devices and data.

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FOSS and Linux Events

  • On speaking at community conferences
    Many people reading this have already suffered me talking to them about Prometheus. In personal conversation, or in the talks I gave at DebConf15 in Heidelberg, the Debian SunCamp in Lloret de Mar, BRMlab in Prague, and even at a talk on a different topic at the RABS in Cluj-Napoca.
  • TPM Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016
    Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades. In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.
  • More translations added to the SFD countdown
    Software Freedom Day is celebrated all around the world and as usual our community helps us to provide marketing materials in their specific languages. While the wiki is rather simple to translate, the Countdown remains a bit more complicated and time consuming to localize. One needs to edit the SVG file and generate roughly a 100 pictures, then upload them to the wiki. Still this doesn’t scare the SFD teams around the world and we are happy to announce three more languages are ready to be used: French, Chinese and German!

Second FreeBSD 11.0 Release Candidate Restores Support for 'nat global' in IPFW

Glen Barber from the FreeBSD project announced the availability of the second RC (Release Candidate) development build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system. Read more