Linux, Open Source, & anti Microsoft news

The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.

City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

 
Windows XP users in Germany’s third largest city are being offered free upgrades to Ubuntu ahead of termination of Microsoft support for the OS next Spring.  Administrators in the City of Munich have distributed 2,000 CDs carrying Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to libraries across the City, for users to borrow and download the Linux distro.
Sep 2013
17

Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor

 
After making headlines with its unexpectedly voluminous contributions to the Linux kernel in 2012, Microsoft has all but disappeared from the Linux development scene, according the latest report from the Linux Foundation.
Sep 2013
17

Microsoft reissues Patch Tuesday fixes to address install glitches

 
Microsoft was forced to, again, address bugs in its monthly Patch Tuesday security update – this time, reissuing four security bulletins for customers.  The software giant announced that the new patches were available last Thursday on its blog, just two days after it released its scheduled Patch Tuesday update for buggy products. 
Sep 2013
17

Microsoft VARs set for massive 2014 Dynamics price hike

 
Microsoft resellers are set for price hikes of up to 138 per cent on some of the vendor's products next year, CRN understands.  In a recent SPLA (service provider licence agreement) price list seen by CRN, the vendor outlined a flurry of price hikes understood to be coming in from January 2014.
Sep 2013
17

Nokia tested Android on Lumia before Microsoft deal

 
According to sources speaking to the New York Times, Nokia was testing Android on its Lumia devices "well before" its tie-in with Steve Ballmer and co became official. Which would have left Microsoft with a rather large hole to fill in its mobile strategy. 
Sep 2013
17

Microsoft updates display 'worrisome' decline in quality

 
Microsoft on Friday acknowledged it had rewritten four of its security updates issued just three days earlier after customers reported never-ending demands that they be installed, even though they had been.  The flawed updates were just the latest in a disturbing trend of quality problems in Microsoft's security and stability updates.
Sep 2013
16

Microsoft agrees its painfully unfunny iPhone parody ads were 'off the mark'

 
Microsoft's latest volley in its advertising war on Apple has proved more of a backfire — and now the company has officially acknowledged the misstep. Unfortunately, so is creating a good parody video. The videos were quickly lambasted for their awkward acting, low-budget production, and simple unfunniness, and Microsoft pulled them not long after.
Sep 2013
16

Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB

 
Google is migrating its MySQL systems over to MariaDB, allowing the search company to get away from the Oracle-backed open source database.
Sep 2013
13

Microsoft Adds IMAP Support To Outlook.com To Entice Mac Users, Developers

 
Today Microsoft announced that it has added IMAP support to its Outlook.com webmail product. Outlook.com has over 400 million active users according to Microsoft, making it not only one of the most popular webmail services around.  Why IMAP? Demand, likely, and the fact that Microsoft wants developers to take a keener interest in its little email program. 
Sep 2013
13

Microsoft Nukes Buggy Office 2013 Update

 
For the second time in two months, Microsoft has temporarily pulled a software update after users reported that it inadvertently disabled some Windows features. 
Sep 2013
13

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