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How to ensure that your distribution gets rave reviews

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| Companies which sell GNU/Linux distributions could increase the profile and 
| sales of their products in one way: install them on top-tier laptops, tune 
| them up so that everything runs like a dream and then hand them out to those 
| who write about GNU/Linux.   
| [...]
| It's time for Linux companies to start using such tactics - and it doesn't 
| matter even if the previous version of any distribution was canned. 
| One reason why GNU/Linux distributions get reviews varying from very good to 
| miserable is because the reviewers use their own hardware. And each person 
| wants GNU/Linux to run like an F1 on his/her hardware.  
| Supplying the distribution on a single platform will solve that problem. 
| Nobody will be able to say they encountered problems - indeed, they would 
| feel a sense of guilt if they did point out problems after having accepted 
| such an expensive gift.   


Bribed bloggers hall of shame:

Win 7: Demo Laptop

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| Here’s a look at the hardware that Microsoft is using to demonstrate their
| lastest pre-beta version of Windows 7. Journalist reviewers are loaned 1 of
| two models of laptop, the hard hitting, but feather weight Dell 1330 and a
| lenovo laptop with an SSD hard-drive (I don’t recall the model). That’s all I
| can say about the lenovo, since I wasn’t assigned that machine. My reviews
| will be based on the Dell.


GeekPI Coverage of PDC

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| I’m attending a good number of the conferences at PDC, and as part of the
| media, was loaned a laptop with a certain operating system to take back to
| the geek-lair. Check back at 9 am PST to find out some surprising new facts
| about the new Windows 7. I’m pretty excited about it and I think you should
| too.
| Oh, and just a note, other than this loaner laptop, I receive zero
| compensation from Microsoft (or from any other entity), my regular job is
| covering my travel expenses to the conference, and I receive no advertising
| dollars from this website. I do this just for the heck of it, and I really
| think the GeekPI coverage is going to put the rest of those ‘tech’ blogs to
| shame.


Windows 7 first look: A big fix for Vista

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| Along with several dozen other reviewers and analysts, we got our first real
| look at the OS, preinstalled on loaner notebooks, over the weekend at a
| workshop on the eve of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference.
| Microsoft planned to hand out installation discs later Tuesday, after the
| head of engineering for Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, delivers
| his scheduled keynote formally introducing Windows 7 to PDC attendees. (We'll
| report on our experiences upgrading PCs from Vista to 7 later on.)


Windows 7 a Big Improvement over Vista

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| In the day and a half I’ve spent using Windows 7 on a Microsoft-provided Dell
| XPS M1330 machine preinstalled with Build 6801 of the OS, I’ve found its
| polish and performance a world away from the first Longhorn build I tried out
| at PDC 2003. At this point, Windows 7 feels more like a second beta or an
| early release candidate than a developer conference sneak peek.


Windows 7 First Impressions: Hey, This Looks Pretty Good!

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| A few disclosures about the discussion of specific Windows 7 features that
| follows: So far, I’ve used Windows 7 for only a few hours, and only in
| preinstalled form on a Dell laptop loaned to me by Microsoft. The version of
| the OS on that machine is missing some of W7’s most interesting features. (I
| created some of the images in this story, and others were provided to the
| press by Microsoft.) These are first impressions, not a formal review of a
| product that’s anywhere near finished.
| [...]
| But for what it’s worth, W7 loads quickly and feels pretty darn zippy on the
| Dell notebook Microsoft loaned me, which is unencumbered by third-party
| adware and junkware.


Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions

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| The feature will only work on Windows 7, so to test it I'd need a second
| loaner unit.


A first look at Windows 7’s pre-beta PDC release

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| Microsoft executives showed off the new Windows upgrade in a day-long series
| of demos on Sunday, doing their level best to impress a room full of
| journalists with a long list of new and improved features. At the end of the
| day, they loaned me a sleek new Lenovo X300 notebook running a recent build
| of the OS so that I could test Windows 7 for myself.


Windows 7 In-Depth Overview and Screenshots: More About Pow than Wow

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| The sample system Microsoft loaned us, a Lenovo ThinkPad X300 with Windows 7
| pre-beta installed, boots very quickly, but to see the boot time difference,
| we’re looking forward to trying both Vista and Windows 7 on a few different
| systems to see how things compare.


Windows 7 early promise: Passes the Vista test

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| A day spent with a Windows 7 preview build - Milestone 3, running on a laptop
| loaned for the purpose (Dell XPS M1330, Core 2 Duo 2.3Ghz, with 3GB RAM)
| tends to confirm that view. Windows 7 feels more polished than Vista, even in
| the preview, and performance is good.


Windows 7 unveiled; hands on report

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| Here at PDC in Los Angeles, Microsoft’s Chief Architect Ray Ozzie and Windows
| VP Steven Sinofsky are introducing Windows 7.  A couple of days ago,
| journalists were loaned Windows 7 laptops to try and I’ve been using this
| over the last day or so.


Re:Actually, maybe not fair

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| Based on the announcements on Windows 7 and the reviews I thought too that
| they had improved the performance of Windows 7 vs. Vista. Then I found an
| article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols that might explain the "glowing" reviews
| at Microsoft's PDC. It seems that Microsoft may have permanently "loaned"
| $2,000 laptops with 2.4GHz Intel dual cores + 3GB ram to the "reviewers" to
| review Windows 7. If so, that's not the first time they tried that stunt
| (Vista was the first that I recall). So in the answer to the question, "Can a
| leopard change its spots?" if the above is correct then the answer in
| Microsoft's case seems to be "No."



Microsoft bribes again?

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| But, if as appears may be the case Microsoft is letting people have Dell XPS
| M1330 laptops with 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processors and 3GBs of RAM
| on 'indefinite loans (wink, wink) then it's a bribe in my book. What do you
| think? If you knew someone had been given a PC with a list price of $1,956
| and then wrote nice things about the operating system that came with it would
| you be inclined to think that they might be just a wee bit influenced by the
| almost two grand worth of computer?


Blacklisted by Microsoft!

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| Basically, they blacklisted me from certain super-secret (i.e.
| pre-conference, NDA, off-the books) sessions at their Professional Developer
| Conference (PDC) –- this after formally inviting me to attend those sessions
| as an "esteemed reviewer" representing InfoWorld.
| [...]
| Oct. 9, 2008 -- A short while later, I get my first hit. It seems that the
| whole mess started when the Windows Server team made the mistake of inviting
| yours truly to an event hosted by the Windows Client team. Apparently, the
| folks on the Server team were unaware of my decidedly negative views towards
| Vista, and when the Client folks found out they had invited Randall C.
| Kennedy -– a.k.a. Vista's most vocal and effective critic -– to their
| special, "for fanbois only" (nice photos, Paul) shindig, they went ballistic.
| First, it appears that someone high up on the Client Team (Steve?) really
| doesn't like me. I mean, really, truly loathes me. And it's not just your
| run-of-the-mill frustration with a journalist who picks on them. This thing
| is personal, and the executive in question is allowing his or her personal
| feelings to spill over into the company's handling of formal press relations
| with InfoWorld.



PC Mag May Boycott Edelman PR

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| Transparency is a word that's been kicked around a lot lately. But
| too much transparency is what got Edelman PR pro and blogebrity
| Steve Rubel kicked around this week, instead. An early Friday
| 13th comment about PC Magazine is fueling a potential boycott,
| as well as fulfilling what the PR world had feared about blogging.


Bribing Bloggers

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| It's a bribe. Period. You say nice things about us, you get nice
| things from us. Heck, just say neutral things about us-we'll give
| you a killer new laptop and we know that you'll be inclined to say
| better things about us.


Microsoft Sent A Free Laptop With Windows Vista

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| I'm not sure how I was selected to be one of the people receiving this
| (I'm assuming there are others, but I haven't come across any yet).
| It could be that they are reaching out to bloggers who are Mac users
| (I switched to a Mac back when OS X came out) or it might just be that
| people I know who work for Microsoft or other influential bloggers
| recommended me


Microsoft Traps and Hunts for Bloggers in India !!

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| Microsoft has announced the "Microsoft BlogStars" contest, to Hunts
| for Developer Bloggers in India. After feeling the power and increase of
| the Bloggers community in India, Microsoft tries to trap and hunt Bloggers
| in India to buildup the blogging community, for writing blog posts
| supporting towards Microsoft Technologies.

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