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Is Google the New Microsoft?

My guess is that the company poised to win the most-hated-in-free-tech prize is Google. Yeah, Google.

The company that’s popularized two Linux distributions – or at least, two operating systems using the Linux kernel. The company that’s given consumers free use of Docs and Drive, and which owns and operates the servers where tens of millions of people store their photos and music – and for free unless they like music too much and need extra storage. Google, which through its browser gave Linux users the gift of Netflix – something of a trojan gift, to be sure, but a valuable gift just the same.