Linux, Open Source, & anti Microsoft news

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Why Firefox -- yes, Firefox -- will become the mobile OS to beat

 
In the run up to this year's Mobile World Congress, one of the most interesting items was an announcement of more phones running the Firefox OS operating system. The goal of the Mozilla Foundation with Firefox OS is to make dirt-cheap smartphones for the developing world, and they have targeted prices of $20 and $25 for the smartphones -- which are really more like feature phones.
Mar 2014
10

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires Thanks To Low Loyalty, Limited Benefits

 
Microsoft's right to kill XP is unquestioned, but the company appears to have no insight into why its customers continue to use the OS. The fact that it only recently made a file migration tool available is evidence that Redmond hasn't actually investigated the problem. Do consumers need a low-cost upgrade version? Upgrade tools? New hardware? Are the 29% of users still stuck on XP pirates, consumers, small businesses, or enterprise users? Are we talking about broke kids in their 20s with old netbooks, elderly people stretching out the lifespan of a computer, or foreign users who can't afford an upgrade?  The fact that Microsoft apparently can't be arsed to find out means the upcoming transition will be ugly. 
Mar 2014
06

Microsoft to Take Windows XP Off Life Support Despite Its 29% Market Share

 
Change: It’s inevitable in and of itself, and it’s inevitable that some people don’t like it. Ars Technica cites a report from Net Market Share contending that Microsoft’s almost-13-year-old operating system, Windows XP, can still be found on almost 30% of computers that connect to the Internet.
Mar 2014
06

Red Hat to take on Microsoft with .NET hosted service

 
Challenging Microsoft’s Windows Azure on its own turf, Red Hat is ramping up services that would offer Microsoft .NET and SQL Server capabilities on its OpenShift platform as a service (PaaS).
Mar 2014
06

Microsoft loses mapping patent tussle in German fight with Google and Motorola

 
Germany's Federal Patent Court has struck down a contended Microsoft mapping patent, leaving Google and Motorola, as well as other smartphone providers, free to use the technology without licensing agreements in the country. Microsoft argued that both Motorola Mobility, with its Android devices, and Google, with its Maps service and applications, had infringed on a mapping patent it owns.
Mar 2014
06

Google, Samsung 'express concern' over Microsoft-Nokia deal: report

 
Google and Samsung have reportedly joined Chinese phone makers Huawei and ZTE in "expressing concern" to China's state regulators that the Microsoft-Nokia deal may result in higher patent licensing fees.
Mar 2014
06

Android beats iOS, becomes top tablet OS: Linux rules

 
Linux is on the roll and even soon to be acquired Nokia is adoption Linux-based Android. After conquering the smartphone space, Android is now dominating the tablet space. So now Linux dominates the smartphone space, the tablet space and is also increasing footprints in ‘desktop’ space with ChromeOS.
Mar 2014
04

Why Nokia's Android phone is Microsoft's Trojan Horse against Google

 
If Microsoft and Nokia can capture a large percentage of those smartphone buyers – train them to use smartphones in the way Windows Phone 8 works – then Microsoft’s more premium operating system becomes the natural choice for them when they upgrade – not Android.  And that could make Nokia’s Android smartphones the greatest Trojan Horse since the actual Trojan Horse.
Mar 2014
04

Microsoft to drop price of Windows 8 licenses 70% for low-end devices, report says

 
In a bid to stave off competition in the low-end tablet and notebook market, Microsoft will be reducing what it charges device manufacturers for its Windows 8.1 licenses, according to a Friday Bloomberg report that references anonymous sources.
Feb 2014
28

Microsoft rallies Windows for price war with Android

 
Dirt-cheap Windows PCs and tablets are coming, and it's all thanks to Google's growing low-price threat.  Android tablets are eating the world, Chromebooks have been gobbling up market share in both the commercial and sub-$300 segments, and once-loyal PC builders are even dabbling with "Droidbooks" and Android-based all-in-ones. On the other side of the coin, Windows tablets have struggled to pick up steam, and the PC market has been sinking ever since the iPad saw the light of day.
Feb 2014
26

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Windows V Linux

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