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Linux leaders plot counterattack on Microsoft

The high priests of free software have congregated at Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) headquarters this week to debate the future of the movement and face down recent patent threats by Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research).

Leading names of Linux, the world's biggest grassroots software phenomenon, are spending three days to Friday debating whether an increasingly commercial open source community should fight or ignore the world's largest software maker.

Dressed in the alternative software movement's casual uniform of T-shirts and jeans, the group is coming to grips with internal divisions that sap at its success -- Linux is now used to power desktop computers, major Web sites, mobile phones -- since rival factions often create very similar products.

But as many of the world's top tech companies and corporate customers demand ever more from Linux, open source devotees still fight among themselves with the fervor of a tiny monastic order seeking to root out theological error in their midst.

"Guys: Be seekers of truth, not finders of contradiction," Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, organizer of the event, only half-jokingly told the 150 attendees of what is billed their "Collaboration Summit."

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gta_cb3783d ago

i have installed "ubuntu-7.04-desktop-i386 " which was a free download off the internet. and i can say i am very pleased with it, although you do need to learn how to controll things as its a little different to Windows, its still great and the software you can download for free is amazing.

Systematrix3783d ago

which holds most people back, then the OS itself (and software) is outstanding. If you're worried about it being too difficult to install, have a techie buddy help you set up a dual boot.

warfed3783d ago (Edited 3783d ago )

some distros yes, but installing Ubuntu is very easy, it's all graphical and just asks you for your information and does the work for ya

Bullseye3783d ago

is its greatest strength, but also it greatest weakness.It creates innovation,but by it's very openness it lacks any real cohesion.If Linux real wishes to challenge Windows it must produce software as easy to install and use as windows, but still retain the advanced features of it's heritage. Not any easy balance to achieve.

snoop_dizzle3783d ago (Edited 3783d ago )

hmm

The linux guy in the video cracks me up

snoop_dizzle3783d ago

i prefer this upgrading vid

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