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+ - Microsoft $3 bundle: end-run around OpenSource?

Submitted by HikingStick
HikingStick (878216) writes "Microsoft, in a press release today, announced a $3 (USD) software bundle that includes basic editions of Windows, Office, and other MS educational titles. It seems their actions acknowledge a general fear of losing potential markets in the developing world to the open source community.

Through the Partners in Learning program, Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Student Innovation Suite, an affordable and reliable software package for governments purchasing and giving Windows®-based PCs to primary and secondary students for their personal use at home and for schoolwork. The education suite includes Windows XP Starter Edition, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 3.0, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office, and Windows Live(TM) Mail desktop.

Microsoft will offer this suite in the second half of 2007 for $3 (U.S.) to qualifying governments that purchase and supply PCs directly to students.
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Windows

+ - MS sells only 244 copies in China in 2 weeks

Submitted by
ShiggedyShwa
ShiggedyShwa writes "According to a number of websites, it is reported that only 244 _legitimate_ copies of Windows Vista were sold in in the initial 2 week time frame from January 19th to February 2nd. Overall 2 million copies of Vista were sold worldwide with China only having a tiny percentage of that total. Piracy + MS supplied activation crack = 244 sold? Via DownloadSquad"
Operating Systems

+ - Ubuntu 7.04 Released

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Ubuntu team is proud to announce version 7.04 of the Ubuntu family of distributions. Ubuntu 7.04 is also the basis for new 7.04 releases of Kubuntu and Edubuntu. Ubuntu 7.04 will be supported for 18 months on both desktops and servers."

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