blogs.computerworld: Microsoft is frightened. Even Ballmer is telling users that they can skip Vista, which tells you everything you need to know about Vista's failure. In the past, Microsoft wouldn't have sweated this kind of flop. "What can users do?" they'd say. "Move to Linux or Macs? Ha!" That was then. This is now.
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cnet.com: I fully expected to die never having heard a positive word escape Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's lips with regard to open source. Based on Ballmer's comments made in Sydney on Friday, however, it may be time for me to start picking out my funeral arrangements.
informationweek.com/blog: It's inevitable. I don't have the Windows 7 bits on hand, myself, but I know that one of the first things I plan to do once I get them -- it's a "when", not an "if" -- is to throw it onto the same hardware as my various Linux installations and see how things behave.
Jim Zemlin: It is hard for the executive director of the Linux Foundation to feel bad for Microsoft, but they are having a bad week while Linux continues to move forward in innovative ways.
tgdaily.com: Today, hard core Linux users were able to view for the first time some of nifty GUI features in Microsoft's next generation desktop operation system - Windows 7. The only significant feature Linux doesn't already include natively in its many free versions is multi-touch.
- Windows 7: A First Look
- First look at Windows 7's User Interface
- Windows 7: Official screenshots
- First look: Windows 7 takes on Apple
- Windows 7 Screenshots
blogs.zdnet: Microsoft isn’t going to show Windows 7 to attendees of the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Los Angeles until Tuesday, October 28. But new info about what’s part of the pre-beta build that will be provided to show-goers is beginning to trickle out.
- Microsoft's Future
- Microsoft sales tumble from quarterly high
- Linux Netbooks Impact Microsoft Sales
- Microsoft: Blame Recession The Rise of Netbooks
fsf.org/blogs: Software companies like Microsoft often refer to copying they don't approve of as "piracy." They suggest that such copying is ethically equivalent to murder and robbery. Even these far-fetched analogies are not enough for Microsoft, who in their press release yesterday updated the comparison to draw a connection between such copying and organized crime.
- Microsoft’s new “Global Anti-Piracy Day” must have Linux users laughing
- Pirates scoff at Microsoft's anti-piracy day
- Microsoft’s “Don’t Talk Like a Pirate” day