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05.24.08

Links 24/05/2008: PCs Reborn with GNU/Linux, Fights on the Procurement Front

Posted in News Roundup at 4:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Microsoft Burns Down Book Search

    Citing poor demand, Microsoft will back away from scanning and indexing books and academic works for Live Search

  • GameStop to Stop Zune Sales

    Video-game retailer GameStopGME has decided to stop selling Microsoft’s Zune players at its stores due to what it sees as insufficient demand from customers.

  • Microsoft needs Windows Home Server test dummies

    Microsoft is looking for Windows Home Server guinea pigs to test a public beta of a patch to a major corruption bug that has blighted the product since late last year.

    The bug, which corrupts data on a number of well-known Microsoft and third-party apps when the programs are used to edit or transfer files in the firm’s latest server operating system for the low-end, home user market, first reared its ugly head in December.

    [You get what you pay for, eh?]

  • Newham refuses to reveal revised Microsoft MOU
  • “Then, they fight you”

    I asked the organizers if our Free Software Group could hold a short session about the benefits of FOSS in education, with references to Ubuntu, Edubuntu and Kiwilinux and we were given a slot after the ones which had already been planned a while ago – those of Microsoft, Cisco and a local company that sells education software for Romanian schools.

    [...]

    It is sad to know they are resorting to this sort of coercing and that they have such influence over the educators but looking on the bright side of it, and that’s how I perceived it after thinking a bit about it, THEY ARE SCARED :)

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3 Comments

  1. master_chief said,

    May 24, 2008 at 7:04 am

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    MS selling off their most loss making units.

  2. master_chief said,

    May 24, 2008 at 7:42 am

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    Only thing MS is good at is – Issuing press releases, Vapourware products, Lobbying.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 24, 2008 at 8:48 am

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    You forget “selling and buying their own stock/assets.” I could elaborate because I’ve heard from some professor about it. There’s more to Microsoft than meets the eye (of an innocent journalist or an observer that trusts everything in the paper).

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