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Pigs do fly: Microsoft unleashes 20,000 lines of Linux code

Pigs do fly: Microsoft unleashes 20,000 lines of Linux code Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft is releasing three Microsoft-developed Linux drivers to the Linux community for possible inclusion in the Linux source tree. This is the first time Microsoft has made in-house code available directly to the Linux community.

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King of the QWERTYs: BlackBerry Tour

King of the QWERTYs: BlackBerry Tour Matthew Miller: Touch screen devices such as the iPhone, Palm Pre and BlackBerry Storm may be all the rage, but many of you still prefer a non-touch screen forward-facing QWERTY device that's heavily focused on messaging. Let's take a close look at RIM's best QWERTY offering -- The Tour.

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The quest for the ultimate desktop experience

The quest for the ultimate desktop experience Janice Chen: No longer the quintessential student, I am now an industrialized, educated part of the online and offline community, and the power I hold lies in these four walls of my office. With unlimited money, what would your home office be?

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