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Will Ubuntu stay a minor player?

Will Ubuntu stay a minor player? Dana Blankenhorn: I always assumed that Ubuntu was the Linux desktop play, but it's been blown out in netbooks and seems to have no presence in phones. It's time for open source advocates to take off the rose-colored glasses and ask if Canonical's distro is ever going to be a factor below the server level.

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Hands on with the Windows 7 Touch Pack Ed Bott: Last month I had a chance to see a quick demo of Microsoft's new Touch Pack for Windows 7. This collection of a half-dozen multi-touch-enabled programs won't be available for download by Windows buyers, but will be installed on touch-enabled PCs that pass Microsoft's logo testing. Here's what I found when I went hands-on.

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Iran protests meet the social Web: What we've learned

Iran protests meet the social Web: What we've learned Larry Dignan: The aftermath of the Iranian election has provided quite a case study of the intersection between social media, the increasing difficulty of censorship and government affairs.

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