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MS Windows and Office violate 532 patents?

Posted by silverstag on May 18, 2007

Lately, there’s been a buzz about Microsoft’s claim that Linux violates 235 of their patents. Let me start by quoting a proverb from my mother tongue(translated of course): “Set your house right before trying change the world”. Can you guess why i quoted that particular adage?. Well, read this post on Ed Burnette’s Dev Connection.

Don’t get opinionated yet. Read the complete post. Seems to me that these claims from Microsoft, are just a way to Sabotage the momentum Open source software has been and is picking up. We will have to wait and see what happens.

Update: Looks like i was prejudiced about this whole thing. Microsoft doesn’t want to sue the Open source community after all. Read this. Via Linux.com
Here’s another interesting post on Linux Journal. This article takes a different angle on the whole patent claim deal. I particularly like the analogy he draws of Microsoft with Sun and IBM. Read it and you’ll like it. More News here:

Via Linux&OpenSrc Blog.


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A tryst with Microsoft technologies and a passionate affair with OpenSource.

Posted by silverstag on April 25, 2007

Hello! People.

 I came across this post on ONLamp.com. The author of the post puts forth his views  about making a choice of technology/platform for your project, the bargains you get in the process and all the hassles and comforts involved with your choices. It’s pretty insightful.

Personally, I’ve worked on both microsoft technologies and on the platforms offered by OpenSource technologies. Though i’m huge fan of OpenSource and all that. I have to admit that my experience with ADO.NET and ASP.NET has been delightful. When you’re working with Microsoft technologies you get the comfort of seamless integration between various Tools and applications you use. And the documentation, that’s my favourite.  MSDN has been my one-stop solution center whenever i ran into troubles. And of course you have a myriad of forums and other resources available on the net.

Read the original post, which is kinda funny too.

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Open Community.

Posted by silverstag on April 24, 2007

Check this post on O’Reilly Radar. Its insipiring how a community is formed around a project for collaborating and sharing. Sharing and growing, what a delightful way of coexistence. It finally brings out the good in each one of us. 

 Hats Off! to all the Open Source projects out there encouraging the common good in all of us.

On a different note: Do you use Gmail and Firefox everyday? If Yes, then you should probably check out this new Firefox extension “Better Gmail”  here.  This is the link to the original post. You could also install directly by clicking on this link. Thanks to LifeHacker for this cool new extension.

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