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Microsoft ordered to halt Win XP sales in China

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Microsoft has been ordered to stop selling Windows XP in China after a court ruled that certain fonts in the operating system infringe on a Chinese firm’s intellectual property.

On Monday, Beijing’s 1st Intermediate People’s Court decided that Microsoft had overstepped a deal with Zhongyi Electronics to include the company’s Chinese fonts in Windows 95 by also slipping them into eight other versions of Windows without permission. The alleged font-pas includes Windows 95, 98, 2000, and XP — but not more recent releases: Vista and Windows 7.

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Uncategorized November 20th 2009

Free Software for All Russian Schools in Jeopardy

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I’ve written before about Russia’s ambitious plan to install free software throughout its education system. Worrying news suggests that things are not going smoothly:

Президент РФ Дмитрий Медведев поручил разобраться с ситуацией с поставками в российские школы свободного программного обеспечения (СПО). С просьбой об этом к нему обратился глава IT-компании “Армада” Алексей Кузовкин, который считает, что программа поставок Linux в школы находится под угрозой срыва.

[Via Google Translate: President Dmitry Medvedev instructed to deal with the situation with supplies in Russia’s school of free software (ACT). The request for this approached by the head of IT-companies “Armada” Alexei Kuzovkin, who believes that the program supplies Linux to schools is in jeopardy.]

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Uncategorized November 17th 2009

Windows 7 borrowed ‘look’ of Mac

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A Microsoft executive was quoted in an interview as saying “what we’ve tried to do with Windows 7…is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics”.

The comments, by partner group manager Simon Aldous, appeared in UK computing trade magazine PCR.

Microsoft countered that Mr Aldous was not involved with the development of Windows 7.

Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog that Mr Aldous’s comments were “inaccurate and uninformed”.

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Uncategorized November 17th 2009