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April 14, 2006 at 4:07 PM

Microsoft’s open-source desktop

Further evidence that Microsoft is warming up to freely shared software came this week on the blog of Charlie Owen, a program manager in the Windows eHome group.

Owen fired up after a Mac-loving blog called Windows Vista a “train wreck.” He posted a point by point rebuttal illustrated with revealing Vista screen shots.

Some thought Owen had inadvertently provided a glimpse of the Vista desktop background — a crisp image of green, raindrop spattered leaves on a dark background.


Vista desktop — not!

It turns out the image was a photo that Owen took on a hike to Deception Falls near Stevens Pass, then loaded onto his Vista machine as his personal desktop background. Some people liked the image so much they asked for it on their desktop, so Owen is giving away copies for people to download from his blog.

“Just leave a comment here with your native resolution and I’ll crop the image as appropriate and post for folks to download and use,” he wrote, then posted six different versions.

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