Both Firefox and Bing work on Linux. However, this partnership between MS and Mozilla seems to leave Firefox with Bing without support for Linux.
(Not that I would download it if it were available...)
[...] it's just really bad practice to have two applications named the same anyhow. even if they *are* seperate distros.
If you read the original email, the concern is that those who have both KDE and GNOME installed on the same installation (of their Linux distribution). Therefore, there will be real people who will have two menu entries in their menus. Slashdot has succeeded, yet again, to hype up and bring unnecessary attention to an issue that isn't as drastic and fought over as the post makes it appear.
Canonical has made many drastic changes in the last few releases. The Software Center has been around for a while now. "Add/Remove Software" (gnome-app-install) was, arguably, replaced a little earlier than it should have. You might have complained or heard others complain about the switch. At that point of time, I felt that add/remove should have remained the default for one more cycle. However, the Software Center improved very rapidly and it wasn't very long after the switch that it was hard to argue against removing "Add/Remove Software". The Software Center is now miles ahead of its predecessor.
Unity seems to be following the same course. Many had argued waiting at least one more release cycle before making Unity default. However, I think that Canonical sees this as an opportunity understand the direction in which people want to see Unity go, giving Canonical enough time to iron out issues and make Unity acceptable, at the very least, if not elegant and beautiful by the time they release the LTS.
Canonical seems to be focusing its efforts on getting finished products into LTS releases by prematurely including (and making default) new software and concepts in regular releases giving them a larger audience to test their proposed ideas. Come December/January, Canonical will have a very good idea as where Unity, the Software Center and their other new products are going to be so that they can be confident of making 12.04 a polished and finished release. While this may not work out exactly as expected, it appears as if this is the basic idea behind their planning and development.
Normally, they try to hide their intentions.
The core mission of CSI is to win share against Linux and OpenOffice.org by
... engaging with Open Source communities and organizations...
That's Microsoft for you, ladies and gentlemen
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Say my name is Lary Page. If my email id is firstname.lastname@example.org, I can still protect myself so that you will never get my email id.
MD5 (email@example.com) = "1b8dbe98e2b1138fd3ba34e26fc55107".
So I provide my email id as firstname.lastname@example.org. If I gave you the md5 of that id, you'll find it hard to get back to email@example.com.
Try, the MD5 hash of the above email id is 803efbc80ead933f28d0704d43d1f63b.
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