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InformationWeek's Most Important Cover Stories

We're giving up our paper magazine to go all-digital. Here's a look back at some of our best magazine work over 28 terrifically turbulent years.
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Three Scenarios For How Microsoft's Open Source Threat Could End

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer was quoted in 2001 as saying that "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches." Years later Bill Gates would equate the open source movement to communism. In our cover story of May 21, 2007, editor-at-large Charles Babcock reported that Microsoft was still at it, asserting that 235 of its patents (it wouldn't quite say which ones) were being infringed by the Linux operating system, OpenOffice application suite and other open source code -- and implying that it was ready to haul customers of that offending software into court. Our magazine cover "Play By Our Rules Or The Penguin Gets It," featuring a gun held to the Linux penguin's head, poked fun at Microsoft's tough guy stance. It was our homage to National Lampoon's famous "If You Don't Buy This Magazine, We'll Kill This Dog" cover of January 1973. Wrote one reader: "Kudos and huzzahs on the May 21st cover. I haven't seen a more enjoyable cover since National Lampoon. Thanks for the chuckle."

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Cara Latham
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Cara Latham,
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6/24/2013 | 1:22:56 PM
re: InformationWeek's Most Important Cover Stories
So many years of excellent coverage. Here's to continued great coverage in the digital realm!
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NJ Mike,
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6/24/2013 | 2:13:50 PM
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What? No coverage of Kim Kardashian's baby?
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6/24/2013 | 3:13:16 PM
re: InformationWeek's Most Important Cover Stories
Slideshow coming soon. :-)
Paul Travis
InformationWeek.com
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OtherJimDonahue,
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6/26/2013 | 2:42:50 PM
re: InformationWeek's Most Important Cover Stories
After my 18 years here, this feels HUGE.

Jim Donahue
Managing Editor, InformationWeek
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dguzman9741,
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6/26/2013 | 11:29:51 PM
re: InformationWeek's Most Important Cover Stories
The print article dropped the last two words of the 7/9/2012 GM cover description. Another reason print is dieing. Not that the typos aren't worse, but you can't fix'm after they print'm
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ChrisMurphy,
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6/27/2013 | 9:15:09 PM
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Ouch -- I hadn't seen that, and you're right about the finality of sending something to the printer. But trust me, an error in digital hurts, too.
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