Microsoft and Linux

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| But if it's not important, why is Microsoft folding its arms and closing its
| mouth? Obviously they've "lawyered up" - there is some reason that they don't
| want anyone shooting off their mouths. And it has to be pretty serious too,
| because otherwise they'd prep the people they were sending out and say "Just
| don't mention xyz, ok?".
|
| Microsoft is in trouble. Vista is a flop; Mac is chipping away at the power
| user base (I see more and more Windows tech folk carrying Macs) and low end
| Linux PC's are starting to bite their toes. They aren't doing as well
| overseas as they'd like, particularly in the more socialistic countries. Yes,
| yes, they are still Number One without question, but there is real danger of
| slipping and they know it. Our question is, what are they going to do about
| it?
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http://aplawrence.com/Linux/microsoft_unix.html

KDE 4 puts Vista to shame (and XP as well). A New version/image (RC2) of KDE
Four Live CD, which is OpenSUSE-based (KDE 4), has just been released

"KDE Four Live" CD

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| The CDs contain all modules of KDE 4, KOffice 2 SVN and extra plasmoids.
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http://home.kde.org/~binner/kde-four-live/


Related:

Where the Big Buybacks Are

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| Here are five companies with outsize share repurchase programs, including
| ExxonMobil, GE, Microsoft, and Goldman
|
| [...]
|
| But with the stock stuck for years in a narrow trading range, the
| company [MSFT] has embarked on an ambitious buyback program. In 2005 and
| 2006, the company repurchased $27.3 billion of its own stock.
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http://www.businessweek.com/investor...mpaign_id=yhoo
http://tinyurl.com/2szety


Software Notebook: Microsoft's cash pile isn't what it used to be

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| But Microsoft has taken a series of steps to reduce its cash
| balance. Specifically, by Microsoft's count, the company has
| paid out nearly $100 billion through dividends and repurchasing
| its own stock in the past five years.
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http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/busine...oftware02.html


The Secret Failures of Microsoft

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| There is no choice involved; even most Linux users are forced to pay for a
| Microsoft license in order to obtain a brand name PC.
|
| [...]
|
| They are bound to an oath to swear allegiance to Windows XP Professional,
| and must never mention Linux and Windows in the same breath. If they step
| out of line in any way, Microsoft dramatically raises their OEM licensing
| fees and sends them to indoctrination camp, where they face chairs being
| hurled at them by angry monkeys.
|
| [...]
|
| Why do Windows enthusiasts exibit much hostility to an obvious fact?
| Because if they admit that 80% of the company's revenues come entirely
| from an OEM tax, and not from any choice on the part of consumers...
|
| [...]
|
| Microsoft's decade of investments in WinCE and Windows Mobile
| Smartphones have only barely matched the market share of Palm, which
| itself is a run down company out of ideas. Microsoft couldn't
| out-maneuver the incompetent Palm within a decade of trying; now both
| are ineffectually fighting over the dying PDA industry while Linux and
| Symbian slaughter them in the smartphone arena:
|
| Symbian 75%; Linux 14%; Microsoft 5%; Palm 5%.
|
| [...]
|
| (many more failures listed)
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http://www.roughlydrafted.com/RD/Q4....D581FBCCC.html


How Much is Too Much?

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| Microsoft says it will stick with Xbox. But with years of heavy losses
| behind it, the pressure's on for the gaming division to make good
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http://www.businessweek.com/innovate...rss_topStories
http://tinyurl.com/yxdr4j


Microsoft stoic despite massive losses

,----[ Quote ]
| If you were to judge by the PR rhetoric, you'd think the 360 was
| an unstoppable commercial juggernaut. As usual though, PR lies.
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http://www.gamerscan.com/articles/06...assive.losses/


Microsoft Hides Its Mobile and Business Apps Divisions

,----[ Quote ]
| The company is folding its two worst-performing divisions -- Microsoft
| Business Solutions (its business applications unit) and its Mobile and
| Embedded units -- into the Microsoft Business Division and Microsoft Home
| and Entertainment units, respectively.
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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/artic...129TX1K0000535


A Dozen Stocks For '07

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| Millen also thinks $36 billion in planned share buybacks
| will help the stock.
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http://www.forbes.com/2006/12/05/sto...rtner=yahootix
http://tinyurl.com/yjzfbo


Microsoft counts on Vista to recharge stagnant stock

,----[ Quote ]
| There was a time in the 1990s when shares of Microsoft stock seemed to
| double every couple of years. 1996: college for the kids. 1998: a place
| on Whidbey. 1999: early retirement.
|
| Times have changed.
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http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...7_vista19.html


Commentary: Microsoft needs more than just buybacks to lift its shares

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| Microsoft shares, which have been dormant for the last few years,
| have been looking up over the last couple months. The Dow industrials
| component has gained about 20% since hitting a 4-year low of $21.46 o
| June 13.
|
| To help move things along, Microsoft not only launched a $40 billion
| stock repurchase program that lasts through 2011, the company also said
| its previously announced 4-year, $30 billion stock buyback program was
| completed in just 2 years.
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http://www.marketwatch.com/News/Stor...oo&siteid=yhoo


Hanrahan hire shows true Microsoft weakness

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| What does this say about Microsoft? Despite all the FUD and the
| threats, Big Green knows it must still live with Linux in the
| computing environment. Its customers demand it, they expect
| it, and Microsoft must deliver it.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1113