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Vista Ultimate users left disappointed

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Windows Vista Ultimate users have been left sorely disappointed by the latest round of free 'Ultimate Extras'.

When Vista Ultimate launched last year, Microsoft promised users that a number of exclusive 'Extras' would become available for the top-end version of the OS.

The offerings so far, however, have been few and far between. In the latest collection of Extras, Vista Ultimate users get two new Windows sound schemes and three new Dream Scenes, or animated wallpapers to you and me

Read more at PC Advisor

Uncategorized April 25th 2008

Bill Gates: “the GPL, which we disagree with”

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At the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Bill Gates gave his thoughts on where the pharmaceutical industry was going, and where it should be going. However, he also slipped up a bit and criticized the GNU General Public License (GPL). The GPL is a widely used (including by the Linux kernel) free software license. Wired's Thomas Goetz took notes on Bill Gates' response to a question from the audience regarding whether Gates thought Microsoft should use open source software in health research:

Read more at arstechnica 

Uncategorized April 24th 2008

Users fight to save Windows XP

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Microsoft Corp.'s operating systems run most personal computers around the globe and are a cash cow for the world's largest software maker. But you'd never confuse a Windows user with the passionate fans of Mac OS X or even the free Linux operating system. Unless it's someone running Windows XP, a version Microsoft wants to retire.

Fans of the six-year-old operating system set to be pulled off store shelves in June have papered the Internet with blog posts, cartoons and petitions recently. They trumpet its superiority to Windows Vista, Microsoft's latest PC operating system, whose consumer launch last January was greeted with lukewarm reviews.

No matter how hard Microsoft works to persuade people to embrace Vista, some just can't be wowed. They complain about Vista's hefty hardware requirements, its less-than-peppy performance, occasional incompatibility with other programs and devices and frequent, irritating security pop-up windows.

Read more at Yahoo 

Uncategorized April 15th 2008

Member of EU Parliament asks if Microsoft should be excluded from public procurement

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A member of the EU Parliament, Heidi Rühle, representative of the Green Party, has presented a question regarding whether or not Microsoft should be considered as having failed to fulfill the conditions to participate in public procurement procedures in Europe, as laid out in Article 93(b) and (c) of Financial Regulation. Here's her web page, in German, telling about it. One computer translation of one paragraph:

Here the question arises whether Microsoft can be excluded in the future from all advertisements of public jobs – no matter, whether it concerns new software for the public library of a town or the mechanism of a database for a federal authority.

Here's Heise's coverage in German, and happily for us in the US, here's the form [PDF] in English. Heise says the EU Commission has six weeks to respond in writing to such a question from a member of Parliament.

Read more at Groklaw 

Uncategorized April 10th 2008