eweek.com: Microsoft is now a major sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation and is putting its protocols and formats into a royalty-free licens, all part of a larger open-source push.
eweek.com: At OSCON, a top software architect questions Microsoft’s relevance as Linux and open source march on into the enterprise and the overall computing landscape.
it.toolbox.com/blogs: Rant mode on. Why does windows make it so difficult to transfer settings? Why does windows go out of its way to be incompatible with itself? Why is windows purposely designed to make our lives a nightmare? Why can't I take a windows hard disk out of one machine and put it in another and have it work? Why?
networkworld.com: While I have joined the chorus of security folks who rail against the Microsoft Monoculture I still cannot believe some of the uses for Windows. Some of them are just downright silly, some you may claim are criminally negligent. So here is the Top Ten List of Worst Uses for Windows.
theinquirer.net: THE THREAT OF REPRISALS from Microsoft lawyers has stopped Becta, the UK's technology quango for schools, from publishing the details of the three-year megadeal it agreed with Microsoft in April.
Also: Microsoft asks EU Commission to let it off the hook
Richard Stallman: To pay so much attention to Bill Gates' retirement is missing the point. What really matters is not Gates, nor Microsoft, but the unethical system of restrictions that Microsoft, like many other software companies, imposes on its customers.
linux-watch.com: One of India's 28 states plans to distribute 100,000 Linux laptops to students there. It sounds like Tamil Nadu's volume purchasing agent decided to use Linux exclusively after being put off by Microsoft's bundling tactics for academic users.
workswithu.com: Previously, I introduced my theory of the Difficulty Divide. It’s a concept that I’ve used for several years when talking about why I use Linux, and why some people may give up on it. I also promised that I would present on how I’ve modified it in recent years to reflect the current state of things.
blogs.zdnet.com: It’s a tough call. Observers from both the open and closed source worlds say the exit of Microsoft’s longtime leader won’t usher in a GPL era at the company but it will likely accelerate what is already a changing attitude in Redmond.
eweek.com: At first glance, Bill appears to be an ordinary man. But he is anything but ordinary. What the world would have been like if Gates had never been born.