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Microsoft creates open source subsidiary

Microsoft creates open source subsidiary

It's still interesting to me that Microsoft is very active in the open source community. Open source operating systems at a glance would seem to be something very much at odds with what Microsoft does with its popular Windows operating systems for servers and computers. With so many enterprise customers using Microsoft servers along with open source servers running operating systems like UNIX or Linux, Microsoft has to work with open-source standards.

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Qbo robot up for pre-order on April 18th

Qbo robot up for pre-order on April 18th

We know that you’ve all be waiting for the adorable little Qbo robot, and you could have one in your hands very soon. The open source robot will be available for pre-order on April 18th on the TheCorpora website (the store will go live on the same day). The robot is designed to be tinkering and experimented with, being powered by Linux and some x86 internals.

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Microsoft lands on top 20 Linux kernel contributor list

Microsoft lands on top 20 Linux kernel contributor list

We all know that when the bread-and-butter software offerings at Microsoft is its Windows operating system. The company goes out of its way to protect the software and its dominating market position. With that in mind, it will come as a big surprise to many people that Microsoft has made the list of the top 20 Linux kernel contributors for the first time ever.

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Raspberry Pi sees ZX Spectrum emulator port

Raspberry Pi sees ZX Spectrum emulator port

So far, everyone scrambling to get their hands on the much sought after Raspberry Pi seem to be hoping to use it as a media player. The cheap Linux computer is capable of decoding 1080p video, and its low profile makes it ideal for the living room. Clearly, everyone needs to think a little bigger. One enterprising user has managed to port a ZX Spectrum emulator to the computer for some retrotastic gaming.

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Linux creator Linus Torvalds declined job offer from Steve Jobs

Linux creator Linus Torvalds declined job offer from Steve Jobs

In an alternate reality somewhere, Linus Torvalds could have been working for Apple. Wired recently sat down for an interview with the creator of Linux, who revealed an interesting tidbit. Back in 2000, Steve Jobs contacted Torvalds with a job offer. He asked that Torvalds work on Unix for Mac OS full time, although he would have had to drop all work on Linux.

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Humble Bundle 2 brings pay-anything to Android again

Humble Bundle 2 brings pay-anything to Android again

This is the second time the folks at Humble Bundle have released a pack of games that work on Android, Mac, Linux, and Windows for a payment you choose. This program has you paying whatever you want - as long as it's an actual monetary amount - for a set of awesome new apps that work on your many multiple devices. Proceeds from the project go to whoever you wish, be it the Developers behind the apps, Charity, or all straight to Humble!

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Linux 3.3 eats Android

Linux 3.3 eats Android

Android has been baked into the newly released Linux 3.3 kernel, ending years of controversy over how blending the open-source software should be carried out, and making it more straightforward for developers to create cross-platform apps. Although Android and mainline Linux have always shared plenty of code, the underlying kernels have been separate; this new release means manufacturers will be able to simply throw their hardware-specific drivers into a Linux-based gadget and have a functional Android device.

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