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Linux Monday: A Glass of WINE

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| The biggest problem most people have with making The Big Move from Windows to 
| Linux, indeed the problem I had, is the One Critical App. Yes, you say, the 
| cost is great, the security is better, the use of resources is better, I even 
| like the open source philosophy. But there's this one program I absolutely 
| can't live without, and it won't work.    
| [...]
| Crossover Office really isn't in the open source spirit. It's based on WINE 
| but contains additional, proprietary code and costs money. They had a free 
| download day last fall, when I grabbed it, but normally each 
| version--Crossover Linux, Crossover Mac and Crossover Games--is $39.95. I'd 
| call it good value for the money.    


Softpedia Linux Weekly, Issue 46

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| This week's editorial talks about the Ubuntu Developers Summit. In the Linux 
| distribution announcement section you will find the following releases: 
| Clonezilla Live 1.2.2-14, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8, NetSecL 2.4, ArtistX 
| 0.7 and Puppy Linux 4.2.1. In other news: AMD announced the release of ATI 
| Catalyst 9.5 video driver suite for Linux systems and the GNOME developers 
| released the second maintenance version of GNOME 2.26. Last week we also 
| published an in-depth review of the Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) operating 
| system. The weekly ends with the video clip of the week, the latest Linux 
| distributions released/updated last week and the development releases.        


In Microsoft news, closure, cancellation, layoffs, bad reviews and another
executive jumping ship.


Migrating to Desktop Linux: What is the Big Deal? Answer: Nothing.

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| The anti-Linux FUD has been flying thick and fast lately. It's not even
| interesting fresh FUD, but tired, worn-out old FUD. If you believe the
| headlines and all the masses of verbiage being emitted by Redmond's
| tame "tech" "reporter" battalions Linux desktop market share has dropped
| since 2001; that not having Photoshop, AutoCad, and other specialty,
| expensive high-end applications are deal-breakers even for people who never
| use them; and that users are getting stupider and more fearful, and therefore
| must be protected from frightening things like command-lines, skills, and
| knowledge.
| Now you know it's hogwash, and I know it's hogwash, and the silly people
| emitting all this nonsense have never even touched a Linux computer, except
| to poke it with a stick. Rather than wasting time countering this tired,
| moldy old baloney let's move on to my Common-Sense Easy-Peasy Guide to
| Adopting Linux.


Ballmer Still Searching for an Answer to Google

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| "Forty percent of servers run Windows, 60 percent run Linux," he said. "How
| are we doing? Forty is less than 60, so I don't like it. ... We have some
| work to do."


Microsoft and Its Three Biggest Threats

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| Microsoft sees Linux as a much more significant competitor, even though its
| share of the desktop OS market is small. Here's why: "I think the dynamic
| with Linux is changing somewhat," Ballmer said at the meeting. "I assume
| we're going to see Android-based, Linux-based laptops, in addition to phones.
| We'll see Google more as a competitor in the desktop operating system
| business than we ever have before."


Microsoft CEO Scoffs at Mac Share Gains

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| Steve has a surprising view of the computing universe to put Linux before
| Apple. Most certainly, Linux's larger server share puts it overall ahead of
| Mac OS. But Steve wasn't talking about server here, but Windows client. So
| why rank Apple behind Linux?

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