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Vista & Ubuntu - the similarities

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| Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux - both are totally disparate entities and I am 
| talking about similarities? Yup, I sure am. And I have reasons to believe 
| this.  


Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 112

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| Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #112 for the week October 
| 5th - October 11th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu Countdown banner for 
| WordPress, Follow up: Xubuntu Hug Day, Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase Winners, 
| New Ubuntu Members, Getting help from the Launchpad Team, Launchpad to be 
| off-line, Server Team meeting summary, and much, much more!    



Vista to Ubuntu (100%)

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| I had enough with eating crap with Vista. My last line of patience warned off 
| when I happened to wait about 5 seconds when changing from one MS Doc file to 
| another and also happened that I was running with time to finish a project 
| report. No, I’m not running on 256 ram, it’s 1 GB and this kind of a time 
| wastage is totally unacceptable. You may ask why I put up with Vista in the 
| first place. That’s thanks to HP’s decision to embrace Vista so my laptop was 
| pre-built with Vista and no chance to downgrade because there are no drivers. 
| So where to go now ? Easy….Gutsy.       
| [...]
| But my worries were groundless as Wine now supports Macromedia 8 series like 
| a babe. Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash all works perfectly with Wine - 
| installation to Execution. Another great thing with Gutsy is that my Broadcom 
| network card support is inbuilt and with some additional applications I can 
| search networks and connect to them like a charm. Also I’m using AWN manager 
| to manage desktop (here is a great article on desktop styling - thanks to 
| Lakshan) and now it looks like a hybrid between Leopard and Vista. So what 
| else I can ask for ?       


Prediction: Linux will Eat Microsoft on Most Desktops

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| Now, compare that to a $500.00 desktop running Linux and OpenSource 
| applicaitons. That would be about $50,000. The difference? Two or three 
| employees, a huge bonus, a couple of vehicles, whatever. Not small.   


Linux is about to take over the low end of PCs

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| Opinion -- Sometimes, several unrelated changes come to a head at the same 
| time, with a result no one could have predicted. The PC market is at such a 
| tipping point right now and the result will be millions of Linux-powered PCs 
| in users' hands.   
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| Microsoft will fight this trend tooth and nail. It will cut prices to the 
| point where it'll be bleeding ink on some of its product lines. And Windows 
| XP is going to stick around much longer than Microsoft ever wanted it to. 
| Still, it won't be enough. By attacking from the bottom, where Microsoft can 
| no longer successfully compete, Linux will finally cut itself a large slice 
| of the desktop market pie.      


Ubuntu Linux vs Windows Vista: The Desktop Battle

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| It’s easy these days to buy either a Vista or Ubuntu laptop or Desktop. Dell 
| supports both of them, as one possible choice. 


Windows Vista: Sold but not deployed

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| Microsoft says it remains happy with enterprise sales of Vista -- however, 
| the software behemoth acknowledges that many businesses which have bought 
| Vista licences are yet to deploy the software.  


Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to 
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the 
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.  
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and 
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based 
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and 
| Lenovo. 
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said. 


Ugly view mars Windows Vista birthday

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| According to latest data from NPD, Microsoft is shipping fewer boxed copies 
| of Windows Vista than it did Windows XP at the same point in the operating 
| systems' lifecycles.  


The Vista Death Watch

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| Microsoft has extended the life of Windows XP because Vista has simply not 
| shown any life in the market. We have to begin to ask ourselves if we are 
| really looking at Windows Me/2007, destined to be a disdained flop. By all 
| estimates the number of Vista installations hovers around the number of Macs 
| in use.    
| How did this happen? And what’s going to happen next? Does Microsoft have a 
| Plan B? A number of possibilities come to mind, and these things must be 
| considered by the company itself.   


Lenovo offers downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP

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| My colleague Stian just sent me this interesting link regarding my 
| experiences with Windows Vista. Since I assume the link will NOT have the 
| visual appearence it has right now for very many more hours (days) I've 
| created a screenshot of how it looked when I went into the site.   


Windows Vista kicked out of Olympics PCs

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| Microsoft's latest version of Windows is too risky to implement for the 
| important computers managing the 2008 Olympic summer games in Beijing, said 
| the event's computer supplier and sponsor Lenovo.  


DSG continues retailer woes

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| DSG, the company formerly known as Dixons, became the latest British retailer 
| to report a drop in profits for the summer months today. But it wasn’t all 
| down to the rotten weather – this time it was also Microsoft’s fault.  


Dell casts doubts on Vista

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| Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on
| some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to
| Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista.
| [...]
| While a popular request through the company's IdeaStorm website, the
| choice was substantially outnumbered by requests for pre-installed
| Linux, US-based technical support, and other features -- pointing to a 
| larger general demand for the change. The turnaround may be a reflection of 
| an overall backlash against Vista, observed IDC analyst Richard Shim.

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