penguinpetes.com: I have a standing moral obligation with myself as follows: If Microsoft ever released a purely Open-Source or Free Software system I would download it, try it out, review it, and possibly adopt it, to be treated no different from software from, for example, Red Hat Inc. or BSD. But I'm poring over the license, and this seems like it doesn't qualify.
desktoplinux.com: I had really thought that Vista SP1 would be an improvement. I didn't think it would be a big improvement, but still that it would be more competitive with Windows XP and the modern Linux desktop. I was wrong.
Matthew Aslett: The Ballot Resolution Meeting to discuss the technical comments arising from the fast track process to have Microsoft’s Office Open XML formats accepted as an ISO standard was held last week in Geneva. The object of the BRM is to seek consensus on potential modifications. Opinion is divided as to whether the meeting was a success, however:
Also: What's in a label? ODF vs. OOXML and Open Standards
And: Rubber-stamping of OOXML raises concerns
blogs.cnet.com: The Seattle Post Intelligencer has collected and ranked the all-time worst (read: most incriminating) Microsoft emails of all time, and a dandy list it is, too. Perhaps my favorite of the bunch is Jim Allchin's 2004 blast against Windows...and in favor of the Mac:
Dana Blankenhorn: All this “good Microsoft” stuff about supporting open source, abut placing code on Codeplex, and about keeping open source projects “in the loop” regarding format changes, is no head fake. It’s serious. This is the new strategy. Kill open source with kindness.
Also: Microsoft's Ballmer On Windows Server, Yahoo, Linux
searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com: Windows Server 2008 will never be Linux. And it's not likely to woo Linux users away from open source anytime soon. But two of Windows Server 2008's new features, PowerShell and Server Core, solve long-lamented Windows shortcomings in snappy Linux-like fashion.
Also: What Windows Server 2008 Learned from OSS
reuters.com: The European Commission fined Microsoft a record 899 million euros ($1.35 billion) on Wednesday for defying sanctions imposed on the software giant for antitrust violations, far exceeding the original penalty.
news.com: The head of Google's open-source programs on Monday urged international delegates to vote against certifying Office Open XML as an ISO standard, saying the Microsoft-led effort poses a risk to users who want unfettered access to documents.
Also: Microsoft gets another shot at XML standard
Mary Jo Foley: From February 25 to 29 in Geneva, the next step in the seemingly never-ending show-down over whether Microsoft’s Office Open XML document format should be granted ISO standard status is taking place. Here’s a summary of what will/won’t — or perhaps I should say should/shouldn’t — happen this week for those following along at home.
raiden.net: If there's one thing to be said for Microsoft, it's a shrewd player. They've done in just a few years what takes some companies decades to do. They've cornered the desktop OS market. All of this success has caused some of their detractors to call them dishonest, unethical, and in some cases just downright evil.