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Why People Choose Windows Over Linux Still

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mynitor.com: It is a common problem for many computer users, which types of operating system is suitable for their system security.

Internet Explorer 6 is Holding Back the Linux Desktop

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jeffhoogland.blogspot: The Linux kernel just turned twenty and according to Jim Zemlin (Linux Foundation Executive Director) bashing on Microsoft at this point is like "Kicking a puppy". One thing I do not agree with Zemlin on however is that "traditional PC desktop is becoming less important."

Windows/Linux driver support comparison

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zdnet.co.uk/blogs: There have been debates of Windows and Linux over the years about supported hardware and device drivers. Mostly the debates have come down to these facts:

Bashing Microsoft 'like kicking a puppy,' says Linux Foundation chief

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networkworld.com: Two decades after Linus Torvalds developed his famous operating system kernel, the battle between Linux and Microsoft is over and Linux has won, says Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin.

Why I was wrong about Microsoft

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h-online.com (Glyn Moody): Of course, my relationship with Microsoft changed somewhat when I discovered free software, which was in 1995. At that time, Microsoft was totally oblivious of its existence, or at least completely indifferent; it certainly perceived no threat whatsoever that I could detect when I quizzed them on it in 1996.

Microsoft To Open Source Windows

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networkworld.com: In a shocking move that has stood the entire tech world on its head, Microsoft announced on April 1, 2011 that it will open up the source code to Windows. It will heretofore be licensed under the GPL. Will pigs fly next?

Microsoft Buys Open Source ReactOS For $12.3 Billion

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marcelgagne.com: Unofficial sources inside Microsoft suggested that ReactOS was "just getting too close to producing a completely free and open source version of Windows" and was becoming a threat to the software giant. We spoke to Microsoft's Harold Linberry, marketing manager in charge of legacy software, who refused to comment on these allegations, saying instead that the move was meant to "protect Microsoft customers."

Microsoft turns to Linux

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infoworld.com: Based on Ubuntu, the company's homegrown 'Winux' distribution will run native Windows applications through emulation

Windows Is Not Free

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anarchic-order.blogspot: Three years ago, I read one of the finest articles on the problems concerning the difficulties faced by the advocates of Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS or FOSS), and the endless efforts to get people to give F/OSS an opportunity to work for them.

EU Bodies Plan Upgrade to Windows 7 Without Public Tender

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pcworld.com: The European Commission has been accused of favoritism in handing out its IT contracts as it looks set to move internal IT systems to Microsoft Windows 7 without holding a public tender.

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