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Windows Update Annoyances Strike Again

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dasublogbyprashanth.blogspot: Although Linux Mint is my primary OS, I still have Microsoft Windows 7 around because I play a couple games from time to time. However, because I don't do that so frequently, whenever I do boot Microsoft Windows 7, I get bombarded with updates.

Counter-Rant

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mrpogson.com: I usually rant about that other OS messing up or GNU/Linux making great strides. Today I am going to do a counter-rant. Batsov has a rant up about how miserable GNU/Linux on the desktop has made him so he is “going back” to that other OS after 8 years. I find a wholesale defect in his reasoning.

What Goes Around Comes Around

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mrpogson.com: One of the gripes that Linux-haters trumpet is that one needs to use typed commands and text files to do some things on the system. Well, M$ has done such a fine job of convincing IT people that a GUI is the way to go that folks in small businesses are having a devil of a time putting their thousands of e-mail addresses into M$’s cloud solution.

Bad news for Microsoft is bad news for FOSS

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OSS
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networkworld.com: Microsoft hasn't exactly been the best friend to FOSS, but it's hard to feel good about the company's $290 million loss to i4i. Why is this bad news for FOSS?

Windows killed my laptop, again

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Microsoft

linuxinexile.blogspot: I'm one of 3 people in our office that dual-boots Windows and Linux, and I was not alone as we witnessed Windows break because it was not the only operating system to control the hard drive.

Five Things Every Windows User Should Know

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Linux
Microsoft

pcworld.com: Microsoft's proud proclamations that Windows 8 won't require users to buy a new PC speaks volumes about the company's longtime business model. But there are so many choices, and all too few computer users are even aware that they have them.

Open Source Tools and the End of Price Gouging

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ostatic.com: In an interesting column, PCMag.com's John Dvorak argues that Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system should be free. He writes:

So, What's the Deal With MicroSkype?

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Software

linuxinsider.com (blog safari): Just weeks after Microsoft announced it's shelling out billions to acquire Skype, the VoIP provider drops support for the open source Asterisk telephony system. Skype insists the parting of ways was underway well before Microsoft made its move, but suspicion still fills the air.

Can an open-source backer thrive inside Microsoft?

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  • Can an open-source backer thrive inside Microsoft? This one says no
  • Steve Ballmer’s Nightmare
  • Hedge fund star calls for Microsoft's Ballmer to go

Windows 8: it's too soon, Microsoft

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zdnet.com.au: When software behemoth Microsoft released its Windows Vista platform in late 2006, organisations did their best to hold their noses and back away from the malodorous operating system. Now, the company looks to be making the same mistake all over again.

Also: Microsoft case: FSFE in European Court of Justice hearing

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