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Linux market share grows vs. Windows and Mac OS X shrinkage

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blogs.computerworld: We're told Linux is the only OS with a growing market share: Windows and Mac OS X actually shrank. The Net Applications report also shows Windows 7 already dwarfing all versions of Mac OS combined.

Windows Update Does Not Like GRUB

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Microsoft If you are running a multi-boot configuration with Windows and Linux, and using GRUB as the bootloader, you may be headed for trouble.

How much is that software in the Windows?

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Mac Recently I’ve been trading geekery with a gent in Pennsylvania who bought a copy of OS X Server to run on his Mac Mini. I was curious about this server software, so I looked into it. Three hundred fifty bucks. Three. Hundred. Fifty. Dollars.

Illuminating the elephant in the open source room

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The difference between Linux and windows settings

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Microsoft Linux and windows have very different ways of storing their installed program settings. Before windows 95 came along they used to be very similar.

The Microsoft-Linux Story As Told in the Comes Exhibits

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Legal As we are working on the data in the Comes v. Microsoft exhibits, describing the contents or transcribing each so as to make them keyword searchable, we are coming across some interesting materials regarding Microsoft's view of Linux. As far back as 1999, Bill Gates was asking his executives if there was a way to make things harder for Linux.

MS makes it legal to rent Windows, Office worldwide

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Microsoft For the past few years, Microsoft has been conducting experiments in various countries as to how and whether “renting” software could become a viable business model. The answer seemingly must have been yes.

Does the Windows ballot screen represent meaningful progress?

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Microsoft Thanks to the European Commission's antitrust like activities, European citizens will soon be presented with a ballot choice between twelve browsers when first using a newly purchased computer preloaded with the Microsoft Windows operating system. But is this really progress?

Italy class-action suit planned against Microsoft

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Legal An Italian consumer group is planning a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft Corp seeking compensation for Windows software pre-installed on computers for people who did not want it.

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