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[News] Lawyer Migrates from Windows to GNU/Linux

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Blogging, Linux & Law 

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| The good news for this blog is that the Linux experiment has worked. I have 
| Windows virtualized on one machine using VirtualBox OSE for the occasional 
| application that simply refuses to work with anything other than Windows.  



Interview with Carlos Piana

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| The lawyer for Samba and the Free Software Foundation Europe explains the 
| behind-the-scenes work behind last month's antitrust decision against 
| Microsoft.  
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| A quite spectacular defence was that about security. Basically it said that, 
| unlike the Internet protocols, those keeping together a Microsoft work group 
| network were so conceived that the all the servers acted as if they were a 
| single distributed entity. In other words they were "tightly coupled", 
| closely knitted together so that any intrusion from the outside, a drop-in 
| replacement pretending to be a Microsoft Windows server could cause 
| irreparable harm and all sort of nefarious problems. Besides, disclosing the 
| specifications of their protocols would have required a hardening of the 
| protocols, in order to make them resistant to malware attack or simply of 
| badly designed third-party software which could have compromised the whole 
| infrastructure.          


TechnoFile: Incomprehensible gobbledygook and you

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| Another fun tidbit: "The software is licensed, not sold. This
| agreement only gives you some rights to use the software.
| Microsoft reserves all other rights." So you don't own your
| operating system, Microsoft is just lending it to you. 
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| Compare these terms with Ubuntu, the Linux distribution I use:
| "You may modify your copy or copies of the Program or any portion of
| it, thus forming a work based on the Program, and copy and distribute
| such modifications or work." I'm free to copy and change it as I please,
| and then to give those changes to other people. I sincerely doubt
| Microsoft will be issuing those terms anytime soon. 

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