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January 23, 2011
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Ubuntu opts for LibreOffice over Oracle’s OpenOffice

The Ubuntu developers met last week in Dallas to make final design decisions about the popular Linux distribution’s features and decided to use LibreOffice for its office suite. This comes as no surprise to Ubuntu watchers. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth … Continue reading

January 19, 2011
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The EU won’t stand in the way of Microsoft & Friends acquiring Novell’s patents

CPTN Holdings–a Microsoft-led group with fellow-members Apple, EMC, and Oracle–isn’t just still try buying Novell’s patents, the group’s patent acquisition attempt recently received an OK from the European Commission (EC) vice president and competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia. As Florian Mueller, … Continue reading

December 27, 2010
by sjvn01
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2010’s Top Five Linux and Open-Source Stories

Sure, unlike me, you’re probably not reading this on a Linux desktop–Mint 10 for those who care about such things–but do you use Google, Facebook or Twitter? If so, you’re using Linux. That Android phone in your pocket? Linux. DVRs, … Continue reading

December 16, 2010
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Novell’s patents bought by Microsoft, Apple, EMC, & Oracle

When CPTN Holdings appeared out of the blue to snap up Novell’s patent portfolio, the only thing anyone knew about them was that Microsoft was behind the group and that’s all Microsoft had to say about its Novell intellectual property … Continue reading