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[News] Microsoft's Linux 'Sellouts' Lose to Truly Free GNU/Linux

The World Series of Linux: Round 1

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| But, clearly, Ubuntu shined. It has earned the right to play in the 
| championship round of The World Series of Linux. The next round will 
| determine its opponent, as the RPM Round pits SLED 10, Fedora 7 and PCLinuxOS 
| to compete to pick the best out of those distributions.   
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http://www.crn.com/software/204802194

Guess who lost here? Xandros and Linspire. Here is OpenSUSE losing:

First Kubuntu Impressions

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| Well, seems like Kubuntu is the clear winner for professional users and also 
| for enthusiasts. For beginners there is a draw. So I would recommend to use 
| the distribution that is used by a friend who is willing to help you with 
| your first step. From the results it seems like a beginner cannot do much 
| wrong.    
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http://www.yeap.de/blog2.0/archives/103-First-Kubuntu-Impressions.html

Microsoft clings on to no leader (Ubuntu on the desktop and Red Hat on the
server).

The Big Three of Linux - a 52-week view

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| What are Red Hat, Novell, and Canonical going to have to do in the next 52 
| weeks to in order to dominate the desktop and server Linux market? 
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http://enterpriselinuxlog.blogs.techtarget.com/2007/12/12/the-big-three-of-linux-a-52-week-view/

Novell is the only one among these 3 which sold out to Microsoft. Despite the
misconduct, Novell will report on its financial state later today (expect
lies).


Related:

Shuttleworth: Microsoft Fracturing the Open-Source Community

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| "That's extortion and we should call it what it is," he said. "To say, as 
| [Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer did, that there is undisclosed balance sheet 
| liability, that's just extortion and we should refuse to get drawn into that 
| game. On the other side, if Microsoft is concerned about its intellectual 
| property, there is no one in the free software community that wants to 
| violate anyone's IP. Disclose the patents and we'll fix the code. 
| Alternatively, move on."      
| 
| Microsoft has said it does disclose which patents are being violated, but 
| only in one-on-one conversations with vendors. To Shuttleworth, that is not 
| disclosure, because patents are public documents.  
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http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2167193,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03129TX1K0000616


[Mark Shuttleworth Interview]

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| Microsoft is asking people to pay them for patents, but they won't 
| say which ones. If a guy walks into a shop and says: "It's an 
| unsafe neighbourhood, why don't you pay me 20 bucks and I'll make 
| sure you're okay," that's illegal. It's racketeering. What Microsoft 
| is doing with intellectual property is exactly the same. It's a great 
| company and I have great admiration for it, but this was not a 
| well considered position.
| 
| So you wouldn't do a deal?
| 
| No, absolutely not. But the time will come when the folks at 
| Microsoft who have a clear vision for the company as a participant 
| in this community, rather than as a hostile antagonist, will win. 
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