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Cloud Computing Dispels the Fog of FUD

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| One of the anomalies of the currently-fashionable cloud computing is that
| people tend not to talk about the underlying operating system – presumably
| because they tend to think the cloud *is* the operating system.
|
| The fact is that both of the main cloud computing systems – from Amazon and
| Google – have been running on GNU/Linux. In other words, not only is open
| source running vast swathes of the Internet, but now it's holding up nearly
| all the clouds, too.
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/commu...4&entryid=1442

Linux and Gmail Drove Microsoft to Windows Azure: IBM already there

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| We have said in previous articles that Microsoft and other brands cannot keep
| selling software for profit when there are alternatives for free thanks to
| open source in some cases.
|
| It seems that Microsoft are now taking action against the software and
| services that are eating into their ability to make profit from software.
| Their latest step towards change is “Windows Azure” and this is not a new
| operating system as we know them but more a move in the direction to end
| making retail software for profit.
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http://www.product-reviews.net/2008/...already-there/


Recent:

Dell defends its 'cloud computing' trademark bid

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| Dell's trademark of the ubiquitous, commonly used term "cloud computing" is
| one of those eyebrow-raising events that immediately begs the question: How
| is that possible?
|
| The simple answer is that Dell is proving that it is possible; the firm's in
| nearly the final stretch of the US Patent and Trademark Office approval
| process.
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.p...408763&rid=-50


Trademark Insanity

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| It's bad enough that we have to deal with struggles over the use of
| trademarks that have become generic terms, like "Xerox" and "Coke", and
| trademarks that were already generic terms among specialists, such
| as "Windows", but a new low in trademarking has been reached by the joint
| efforts of Dell and the US Patent and Trademark Office. Cyndy Aleo-Carreira
| reports that Dell has applied for a trademark on the term "cloud computing".
| The opposition period has already passed and a notice of allowance has been
| issued. That means that it is very likely that the application will soon
| receive final approval.
|
| [...]
|
| In other words, this is a pure example of theft from the public domain.
| Speakers of English have a term, "cloud computing", which the US government
| is on the verge of privatizing and assigning exclusively to Dell. Other
| companies providing similar services will not be able to describe what they
| are doing as "cloud computing" anymore than Nike will be able to describe its
| shoes as Reeboks.
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http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=434
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