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[News] Survey Shows Trends in GNU/Linux Desktop and Server Adoption

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Readers' Choice Awards 2009

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| The Linux Journal Readers' Choice Awards have become an annual ritual, almost 
| as fun as the holiday season. Our editorial team members can't wait to get 
| their hands on the results to see what products and tools from the Linux 
| space are keeping you productive, satisfied and wowed. And, who better to ask 
| than our readers, the most talented, informed and (nearly always for the 
| better) opinionated group of Linux experts anywhere? These characteristics 
| are what make the awards such a great snapshot of what's hot and what's not 
| in Linux.        



Should We Boycott Microsoft? Can We?

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| Except that it's not quite that simple. Microsoft's vision of “live and let 
| live” is predicated on its continuing use of software patents, and of the 
| open source side letting Microsoft and Novell handle all the tiresome 
| implications for open source. In effect, though, this amounts to recognising 
| Microsoft's patents, and accepting its “solutions” for the open source 
| community. “Live and let live” turns out to be tantamount to accepting 
| Microsoft's right to file, own and use software patents, which, in its turn, 
| means accepting they apply to the open source world.       
| [...]
| Above all, it will send a message to the company that the open source world 
| is not falling for the old “embrace, extend and extinguish” trick, and that 
| if Microsoft really wants collaborate, "live and let live" is simply not 
| enough, because of the asymmetric bargain it implies. As a basic 
| pre-condition of working together with open source, the company needs to 
| accept free software's absolute foundation – the ability to share all its 
| code in any way and with anyone – and that, by definition, means no software 
| patents whatsoever.       

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