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[News] Microsoft Tells Investors It is Afraid of GNU/Linux on the Desktop

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Microsoft Acknowledges Linux Threat to Windows Client

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| Microsoft for the first time has named Linux distributors Red Hat and 
| Canonical as competitors to its Windows client business in its annual filing 
| to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  
| The move is an acknowledgement of the first viable competition from Linux to 
| Microsoft's Windows client business, due mainly to the use of Linux on  
| netbooks, which are rising in prominence as alternatives to full-sized 
| notebooks.  


Microsoft Blames Open Source for Sales Slump

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| For many of the regularly caffeinated it was the closing of 600 Starbucks 
| locations; for a large portion of the medical community, the announcement of 
| the sinking crocs ship. As for the tech geeks, it was surely Microsoftâs 
| first-ever drop in annual Windows sales that made them realize: Oh my, the 
| economy really is messed up!    
| In this case, however, the economy is not the only culprit. Microsoftâs Q4 
| report to the U.S. SEC includes a rundown of their risk and competition 
| factors, and on that list are both Linux and open source solutions.  


SpringSource, Canonical, and MySQL join Red Hat on Microsoft's hit list

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| Today, life is a little less rosy for Microsoft, as it calls out in its 
| recent 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. As TechFlash 
| highlights, Google Android is now called out by Microsoft as a competitor, as 
| are Apple, Opera, and Google in browsers, whereas only Mozilla was deemed 
| worthy of Microsoft's competitive glare in 2008.    



Open Source An Alternative CAD Source?

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| When I thought about it, the list of open source software applications is
| actually quite long. Some of the major open source applications you may have
| heard about include MySQL, Apache Server, Wordpress, Mozilla Firefox, Joomla,
| Wordpress, Drupal, just to name a few.
| I found it interesting to hear that all of the members of the European Union
| (EU) are required to use open source Linux-based software exclusively, and
| this includes everything from operating systems to office applications. There
| is also a move afoot here in this country to attempt to do a similar thing. A
| couple of the major programs are Government 2.0, that hopes to leverage Web
| 2.0 federated social networks in government, and Open Source for America,
| that advocates greater acceptance of open source software and efforts.
| [...]
| Open source Linux actually fostered the emergence of a couple of computer
| categories â the netbook, including the one laptop per child (OLPC) program
| where a good percentage are sold with Linux as the operating system.

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