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Linux 2.6.26-rc1

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| Lots of changes, but nothing that really feels all that fragile to me.
| Famous last words. I expect that the x86 PAT support (which has been long
| in the making) has the potential to have some issues, but the obvious
| problems were hashed out long ago, and while the merge window already
| showed one bug, that one was fairly benign and quickly fixed.


The Progress Of X.Org 7.4

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| If all goes according to plan, X.Org 7.4 will finally be released this month.
| This release isn't quite as elaborate as X.Org 7.3, which introduced input
| hot-plugging, EXA enhancements, and RandR 1.2 to just name a few features,
| but X.Org 7.4 is another update better enhancing this X server.



Linux kernel developers have tripled in number

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| The Linux Foundation (LF) has published a study on Linux mainline kernel
| development. According to LF, the number of Linux kernel developers has
| tripled since 2005, with many more companies contributing to the process
| (including, potentially, the latest new LF member, Adobe). Â*


Microsoft Profit Drops; Forecast May Miss Estimates

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| The world's biggest software maker said sales of Windows for PCs sank 24
| percent and revenue from its online advertising unit came in at the low end
| of its projections. Microsoft's report contrasted with positive comments from
| chipmaker Intel Corp. and computer company International Business Machines
| Corp.
| [...]
| Microsoft declined $1.60 to $30.20 in extended trading after closing at
| $31.80 at 4 p.m. New York time on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The stock has
| fallen 11 percent this year.


Microsoft sees slide in profits


Microsoft stock drops amid slumping sales

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| Microsoft Corp., whose Windows software dominates the personal-computer
| market, fell 6.2 percent Fridayin Nasdaq trading after sales slumped, casting
| doubt on whether PC demand can hold up in a slowing economy. The software
| maker reported a 24 percent drop in sales of Windows last quarter and
| forecast earnings that may miss analysts' estimates. Â* Â*
| [...]
| "The risk is that Linux gets a foothold and then affects their long-term
| revenue significantly."


Microsoft earnings post-mortem: The cash cows quiver

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| I can’t help but wonder if the lackluster Windows/Office results also can be
| attributed to Microsoft brass’s complete and crazy obsession with Google (and
| taking over Yahoo) has resulted in no one minding the Windows store. Kevin
| Johnson, the head of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services division seems to be so
| laser-focused on the online-ad business these days that he almost seems to
| have forgotten Microsoft is still in the software business, too.
| Microsoft execs’ claims about walking away from the Yahoo deal are nothing
| more than bluster. A protracted hostile takeover bid is just going to
| distract not just employees in Microsoft’s online services business, but
| company management, too. It’s not a pretty picture.


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be? Â*
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.


Microsoft's SEC:

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| A prominent example of open source software is the Linux operating system...
| To the extent open source software gains increasing market acceptance, sales
| of our products may decline, we may have to reduce the prices we charge for
| our products, and revenue and operating margins may consequently decline. Â*

http://www. microsoft.com/msft/SEC/default.mspx


Linux Market to Triple by 2012

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| Analyst firm Research and Markets has just put out a project on Linux-based
| server and client hardware sales, and is projecting that the market will more
| than triple between 2007 and 2012.
| A market for a platform is not the same as an ecosystem for it, which is much
| larger in that it includes the cost of people and third-party software and
| services for the code that runs atop the platform. So the R&M Linux market
| numbers might seem a little small. In any event, the consultancy pegged the
| Linux product and services market for Linux running on servers and clients
| (but not embedded systems) at $2.4 billion in 2007.

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