Ok not really but they did buy all of the Netscape patents along with others in a $1 Billion purchase of 800 patents. AOL really shouldn't be hurt but this with their curent strategy of being a content company. What we ant to know is what MS plans to do with them. AOL wasn't interested in suing the likes of Mozilla and Google for their Mail and Browser Tech. MS on the other hand is well versed in doing these things and has already proven they will withthe Android Hardware makers.
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Box.net giving away accounts not at the normal 5GB size but at 50GB of storage for life, theirs not yours, for new android app users until March 23, 2012. Someone figured out how to use that space as a mount point/drive on your machine. It's a pretty cool way to get some cloud storage.
SLES 11 SP2 is out and what are they doing now? Why is Linus so made at them?
The Consumerization of IT
What really happened with OpenStack and Microsoft?
Canonical's Ticking Time Clock
Wags really wants a Raspberry PI or 10
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Check out this article that tries to put some context to the discussion about what went wrong with between OpenStack and Microsoft. Assuming that the facts are correct the story explains a lot. According to this Microsoft let Citrix work on it's contribution to OpenStack. When Citrix needed to re-task those developers the work on OpenStack stopped. Instead of Microsoft stepping back in and picking it up they just let it stall. Microsoft has committed to upping it's efforts and get things back on track. We can only wait and see but this is pretty much par for the course where there interaction with open source is concerned.
The US Department of Justice seems to be done looking into the Patent deals that were a result of the Attachemate merger with Novell. The good news is that they don't see any red flags. It's yet to be seen if they will do anything agressive with them. Linux should be safe becuase the DOJ says there is no way to get them out of the governance of the Open Invention Network.