This Memorial Day weekend reminds us all of those who sacrificed their lives for freedom and to protect a way of life that is based on freedom. While considering the brave men and women who stood up for what is right over the past 250 years, it made me realize a similar thing about Linux. No one has given his life for Linux but certainly there have been sacrifices. But, like their armed soldier counterparts, it isn't about the sacrifice, it's the freedom you big dummy. We have the freedom to choose the operating system we use on our computers. …

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What the heck is happening in Redmond? Is Microsoft really giving away antivirus software? Yes, friends, it appears that they [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/"]are[/URL]. Come on Microsoft, we really want to hate you. I've carried this Microsoft voodoo doll* around with me for years--stabbing it every time I have to pay money for one of your products on a new laptop or desktop computer. I cringe when I see "Vista Ready." And, I almost hurl penguin when I have to activate my software. So, somebody please pinch me, wake me up, take the needle out of my arm and tell me it's all …

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Many of the operating system tools that come with Windows are far inferior to free alternatives, and you can't beat the price. This post looks at some of my favorite free utilities. [URL="http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/"]Firefox [/URL]– Web Browser No round-up of free utilities would be complete without the fabulous Firefox, perhaps the best piece of free software ever designed. Internet Explorer just doesn't cut it, and Firefox does so many things so well. With version 3.0 it's easier to subscribe to blogs and bookmark on the fly. Getting back to a web site you visited before is a breeze with easy-to-read sites …

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There’s an old saying, 'What do you want for nothing, your money back?' But the fact is there is lots of good free software out there. Much of it has a much smaller footprint than your typical Windows software from Mega Corporation (you know which companies I’m talking about) and these programs have great features. I’m going to share some of my favorites with you today. [URL="http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php"]Foxit Reader[/URL] – PDF Reader Yes [URL="http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html?promoid=BUIGO"]Adobe Reader[/URL] is free too, but one day I grew disgusted with the bloat of the Reader and the awful update system [URL="http://byronmiller.typepad.com/byronmiller/2007/10/foxit-reader-ma.html"]and went looking for an alternative[/URL]. …

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The End.