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[News] [Rival] Wintel Press: Microsoft is Losing to Free Software

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Has Microsoft lost its war on open source?

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| Most recently, Microsoft settled a patent-infringement case it filed against 
| GPS device maker TomTom over patents that involved TomTom's implementation of 
| Linux, a case that stirred up old feelings among open source companies that 
| Microsoft plans to reignite a patent fight against them. Microsoft insisted 
| the TomTom suit was a patent issue and not any specific grievance against 
| Linux or open source software.     
| Most of the Linux community accepted that assessment, but leaders such as Jim 
| Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, says that any patent 
| litigation against a technology that involves open source will keep the 
| community wary. "It's just another example in the mind of an open source 
| developer that this is not a positive company to be jointly working on 
| development projects with," he adds.     


Microsoft to open source: Please don't compete on price!

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| No, price isn't everything: it's simply a fruitful way to start a 
| conversation. The reason that commercial open-source companies are thriving 
| in the downturn is precisely because they can make healthy profits while 
| charging a lot less.   
| Microsoft may not like that but, well, this is competition, not charity.


Subject: Re: Re: oh dear, being forced to compete

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| LOL! Poor Cannon Fodder I mean Sam Ramji. He has the most thankless job at 
| MS. Though it is true that people will pay more for something if they feel 
| they are getting a good value.  



Linux s'il vous plaît: French Gendarmie say oui to Ubuntu

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| The Gendarmie Nationale – France’s national police force – has been slowly
| introducing open source software to its 105,000+ policemen since 2005. In
| 2008 the decision was made to use only Ubuntu for all new workstations. A
| year on shows this has been a great success with happy users, a better
| network and cost savings of over seven million euro per year.

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