Self-proclaimed "avid, loyal Windows user" and PC World editor Tony Bradley spent 30 days immersing himself in Ubuntu Linux,
and chronicled his experiences as a Linux newbie. His previous project: 30 Days with Google Docs
! Hotkeys! Get yer hotkeys
! Steaming hot and ready for your Windows, Macs and Linuxeses
! Even more for Macs
! We've got some for your Microsofts
and Open Offices
! For yer Adobes
, Internet Explorer
, and Opera
! And for the baker's dozen, DOS Shortcuts
and a lot more shortcuts
that also work for modern Windows systems.
Google Chrome OS:
Google says it will release a new operating system, built around its Chrome browser, which will be open source and will initially be targeted at netbooks. Shipment is expected second half of 2010. No response yet from Microsoft. [more inside]
Microsoft and Linux have been battling for dominance in Africa
for some time now. In South Africa, Linux elicited the help of a former Microsoft executive
, to which Windows countered with a massive free software giveaway
. A more recent front has been in Nigeria, where Mandriva looked set to secure a government contract, until Microsoft allegedly paid $400,000
to have that contract dumped
. Microsoft, for its part, has denied the allegations
[Patent Lawsuit Filter] On Wednesday Sun Microsystems announced a counter suit against Network Appliance, wherein they will draw on their "defensive portfolio" which is "one of the largest patent arsenals on the internet". They are going to be requesting a permanent injunction to remove all of NetApp's filer products from the marketplace
, and also seeking monetary damages (half of which they've pledged to donate to the Software Freedom Law Center
and Peer to Patent Project
). Last month, NetApp sued Sun
for patent infringements in ZFS
. Earlier this month in Texas, the first ever patent infringement lawsuit against Linux distributors
was filed. [more inside]
Steve Ballmers's been busy. Whether it's attacking Google and Linux
(or being attacked back
), berating the moms
of 13-year-old girls who hate Vista
, or just being called an alcoholic
, the perennial Microsoft CEO been everywhere these days.
What happened to the good old days when he just yelled a lot
Is the next President of the United States running Linux?
The Democrats love open source and the Republicans love Microsoft.
Ballmer: Linux Users Owe Microsoft.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle yesterday, that Linux infringes upon his company's intellectual property. Does this signal preparations for all out war against the open source community
? Microsoft's recent acquisition of Novell
was seen as an ominous sign. Or perhaps it's a sign that user friendly versions of linux such as Ubuntu
threaten sales of Microsoft's problematic new VISTA OS
, scheduled for release Nov. 30th for businesses and Jan. 30, 2007 for consumers?
Think tanks attack Open Source
"The Alexis de Tocqueville Institute’s attack on Linux
is just the latest in a series of attacks on Open Source by think tanks.....
I was able to detect a common theme to all their criticism. They all seem to be funded by Microsoft. "
Whizzkid develops Linux application for Windows
[...]The significance of the development is that Linux and Windows are able to work in parallel on the same computer or server. To[sic] now, the computer world is divided into systems that operate either with Windows or with Linux. [...]
It comes as no surprise that Microsoft seems to be paying
SCO to fight the fight. [via #joiito]
The CEO of Ernie Ball talks about how his company left Microsoft for Linux after a licensing fiasco.
Sterling Ball: It's just software. You have to figure out what you need to do within your organization and then get the right stuff for that. And we're not a backwards organization. We're progressive; we've won communications and design awards...The fact that I'm not sending my e-mail through Outlook doesn't hinder us. It's just kind of funny. I'm speaking to a standing-room-only audience at a major technology show because I use a different piece of software--that's hysterical.
Searching MSN for the phrase "Linux"
yields some pretty amusing (but yes, unsurprising) results. The first site seems moderately legit - Amazon stuff related to linux. The second one - MSN has a tech section about Linux? Not exactly. It doesn't really have much linux content at first glance. The third link is most amusing - see for yourself.
Comparatively, a google search for "linux"
yields much more useful results.
This makes me wonder: should ethics be taken into consideration on search engines? MS has every right to have whatever they want come up when you type in "linux" - but they are willfully contaminating search results, which makes one wonder what other search terms
Microsoft might want to rig the output of, and also, which they might have overlooked
Top 10 Challenges for Microsoft.
This is from a company called "Directions on Microsoft" in Kirkland, WA. All they do is analyze Microsoft. One of the challenges is to "keep a lid on LINUX"! My favorite part-"Hopes that the Linux community would fragment are not being realized, at least in 2003". Will these challenges hold MSFT in check? What do you think?
Pakistan government may replace pirated Windows-based systems with Linux
"The Microsoft Corporation has already offered over 90 per cent discount to the government but we want to press for more cuts in prices." Is the Linux announcement a bargaining strategy or a serious sign? This June O'Reilly story provides some context, noting a sudden spiking popularity of open source software within the U.S. government
, which "actually lags behind other major governments" who are "gravitating toward open source software for a variety of reasons."
The real challenge to Microsoft in the 21st Century?
Wonder what the techies out there think of this - is it yet another pc false dawn, or - if and when Red Hat get on board - the beginning of the end for Windows?
Checkout the heavyweight 'partners'...
What with the developments in the pipeline for PlayStation Linux - and maybe even the XBox!
- , and Linux making tentative inroads in China
, how's Bill gonna embrace and extend this one? Please elucidate for the ignorant!
Link courtesy of BBC Sci/Tech
MS : Linux is the threat.
According to the Register, Linux has been upgraded from a
threat to the
I'm waiting for Ballmer to call Linux the Evil Empire.
Microsoft exec calls Linux a threat to innovation?
"One of Microsoft's high-level executives says that freely distributed software code such as Linux could stifle innovation and that legislators need to understand the threat."
Ok, time to drop the recent
religious wars, and return to the traditional
religious wars. "Linux is just a fad", saith Microsoft
. Genties and ladelmen, start your engines.
Linux no longer foolproof?
And a smile descened upon Redmond...
"Microsoft Bails Out Rival Corel"
...but the "L-word" is never mentioned. Still, looks like MS-branded Linux and/or a port of Office to Linux just became a lot more possible.
I don't think anyone would ever actually do this,
but MS has released instructions on how to uninstall Linux and install WindowsNT/2000 over it.