Monday morning links serving: The December 29th edition

First look at Windows 7 beta 1
I have to thank Santa for leaving me a copy of Windows 7 beta 1 in my stocking for Christmas Day. This beta (build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400) should be the first and only beta from Microsoft of Windows 7, and I’m pleased to report that it’s a good one.

OpenOffice.org Portable 3.0
OpenOffice.org Portable is a complete office suite — including a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation tool, drawing package and database — packaged as a portable app, so you can take all your documents and everything you need to work with them wherever you go.

Best Places to Find Multi-Monitor Wallpaper
Last week we asked you where you found wallpaper to customize multiple monitor setups, you responded and we rounded up your favorite sites to help share the high resolution goodness!

Apple Employee Fired For Thinking Different (Humor)
Brent Barlow, 27, a software analyst and beta-tester at Apple Computer headquarters in Cupertino, was fired Monday for “thinking a little too different.”

Why You Might Be Using Linux in 2009
Whatever you do, 2009 is looking to be a big year. That’s no exception when it comes to Linux. Applications and large projects continue to develop and make major releases multiple times per year. And while every year people predict that the next might be “The Year” for Linux adoption, here’s a list of some major products and trends that will play a part in attracting new attention to Linux in 2009.

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