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The Microsoft Internet Explorer Team sent a cake for the release of Firefox 2 in 2006 and now they did it again. Thanks Ryan Paul for posting image and information (via Digg).

PS: Mozilla will be eating cake as well as Internet Explorer's marketshare ;)

From the computerworld:

Dell Inc. will charge customers up to $50 for factory-installed Windows XP on some PCs after Wednesday, according to the company's Web site. Vista Business and Vista Ultimate are the only generally-available editions that allow downgrades, and they can be downgraded only to Windows XP Professional. Under Microsoft's licensing terms, the less-expensive XP Home cannot be installed as a downgrade.

This is really funny, Microsoft spent over 6-8 years developing MS-Vista and now users are willing to pay not to use it. This clearly indicate that end users only pay when you have a better product, which is free from DRM crap, faster and less buggy as compare to Vista. As usual, I suggest you get Dell with Ubuntu Linux loaded for 100% peace of mind.

Download of the day: Wine Final 1.0 Emulator

Wine (Wine Is Not an Emulator) is an open source implementation of the Windows API which aims to allow Linux / Unix-like systems to execute programs written for Microsoft Windows. It does not require Microsoft Windows, but can use native Windows DLLs if they are available. It provides both a development toolkit for porting Windows source code to Unix as well as a program loader, allowing many unmodified Windows programs to run on x86-based Unixes. You can easily run MS-Office, Photoshop, IE browser and selected games under Wine software.

Finally, after 12 years of development, version 1.0 was released today i.e. June 17, 2008 under GPL License.

=> Visit wine project website to grab version 1.0.

XO Laptop: Hello Windows ~ Goodbye Linux :(

The One Laptop Per Child Project and Microsoft plan to make both Windows and Linux available on a version of the project's XO Laptop. It means the little green laptop would now run Windows XP as well as Linux. According to Nicholas Negroponte:

OLPC is not in the open-source advocacy business ... we're in the education business.

This will not just kill enthusiasm for the project but the project itself. Windows XP will not run smoothly on low end hardware. It will be now dual-boot system with Sugar and Microsoft's Student Innovation Suite, a US$3 software (Windows XP, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 3.0, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office and Windows Live Mail software).

More information available here.

OLPC did not specify the price of the dual-boot system.

Linux file systems have a number of limitations that make them a poor choice for large and high-performance computing environments. This article explains some of the pros and cons of Linux and old UNIX file systems:

I am frequently asked by potential customers with high I/O requirements if they can use Linux instead of AIX or Solaris.

No one ever asks me about high-performance I/O -- high IOPS (define) or high streaming I/O -- on Windows or NTFS because it isn't possible. Windows and the NTFS file system, which hasn't changed much since it was released almost 10 years ago, can't scale given its current structure. The NTFS file system layout, allocation methodology and structure do not allow it to efficiently support multi-terabyte file systems, much less file systems in the petabyte range, and that's no surprise since it's not Microsoft's target market.

=> Linux File Systems: You Get What You Pay For

What do you think?

OpenOffice 3.0 beta has been released and available for download. With Version 3.0, OpenOffice.org is now able to run on Mac OS X without the need for X11. Thus, OpenOffice.org behaves like any other Aqua application. OpenOffice.org 3.0 already supports the features of the upcoming version 1.2 of the ISO standard OpenDocument Format (ODF). In addition to read and write support for the Microsoft Office binary file formats (.doc; .xls, .ppt, etc.), OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now capable of opening files created with Microsoft Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac OS X (.docx, .xlsx, .pptx, etc.).

=> You can download latest version here

Microsoft is extending its management software to Linux and Unix by integrating some of the open source OpenPegasus project's code into System Center Operations Manager. You can use this software to manage your Linux / UNIX boxes:

Today Microsoft announced a few new beta products – two of which came from our team. The System Center Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions, which enable customers to manage Unix/Linux systems from Operations Manager 2007, was delivered as a beta today.

=> Microsoft Uses Open Source To Extend Systems Management To Linux