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  • Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020 (Resistance is Futile)

    11/13/2017 6:18:16 AM PST · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 13, 2017 | Andrew Silver
    Never go full Windows Munich city council's administrative and personnel committee has decided to move any remaining Linux systems to Windows 10 in 2020.A coalition of Social Democrats and Conservatives on the committee voted (PDF, in Deutsche, natürlich) for the Windows migration on Wednesday, Social Democrat councillor Anne Hübner told The Register.Munich rose to fame in the open-source world for deciding to use Linux and LibreOffice to make the city independent from the claws of Microsoft. But the plan was never fully realised – mail servers, for instance, eventually wound up migrating to Microsoft Exchange – and in February the...
  • Monthly News – October 2017 [Mint is dropping KDE]

    10/27/2017 9:45:22 AM PDT · by Bikkuri · 4 replies
    Linux Mint ^ | October 25, 2017 | The Mint Team
    "KDE Edition In continuation with what’s been done in the past, Linux Mint 18.3 will feature a KDE edition, but it will be the last release to do so."
  • Introduction To VPN And Here Is How to Use It In Linux

    10/26/2017 4:14:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    LinuxandUbuntu ^ | 10/26/17
    A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a security concept designed to allow remote users to connect to a particular local network to the internet via a secure tunnel. In simpler terms, a VPN is an encrypted connection between two (or more) remote computers.  The main two applications of this technology are either employee who are working remotely yet require access to their company’s network resources, or privacy-minded home users who wish to keep their web traffic protected from any prying eyes that may be watching. VPNs are very commonplace in today’s always-online world, and most (if not all) operating...
  • Samsung DeX's Expanding Ecosystem Pushes the Possibilities of the Smartphone

    10/19/2017 10:57:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | 19 October 2017 | phoronix
    TAG Samsung DeX, SDC, SDC2017 Multimedia Download At Samsung, we continuously ask ourselves what else is possible, and what else we can do to bring a better experience for our users. Samsung DeX was literally drawn on a piece of paper after asking these simple but important questions and became what it is today, bringing a desktop-like experience to your smartphone.We brought this desktop-like experience to our users, realizing that they want the convenience of their mobile device but also sometimes need the tried-and-true desktop computing environment, especially when it comes to interacting with productivity tools and entertainment contents...
  • Will Microsoft love Linux to death? Shuttleworth and Stallman on whether Windows 10 is(tr)

    09/25/2017 5:29:29 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | Sep 20, 2017 | Nick Heath
    Full Title: Will Microsoft love Linux to death? Shuttleworth and Stallman on whether Windows 10 is free software's friend If you believe Satya Nadella, then Microsoft loves Linux. Under Nadella's leadership, Microsoft has a discovered a new enthusiasm for open-source software, leading it to join the Linux Foundation and build support for GNU/Linux directly into Windows 10. Yet, in some quarters, there is skepticism that a company whose former CEO described Linux as a cancer could be reborn as a true believer. The greatest suspicion is reserved for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which allows Windows 10 to run...
  • Why Microsoft will drive serious Linux innovation (MS is doing Linux kernel development)

    09/17/2017 5:04:32 PM PDT · by dayglored · 51 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Sep 11, 2017 | Matt Asay
    Microsoft, while maintaining its commitment to Windows, has made the necessary steps to not merely run on Linux but to help shape the future of Linux Is Microsoft “the only [company] doing serious innovating with Linux?” That’s Jessie Frazelle’s contention. Frazelle, who rose to prominence in the developer community with Docker and later Google Cloud, made the bold claim to justify her departure to Microsoft. On its face it seems silly, an over-exuberant claim to justify a career move. And yet it does suggest a very possible future where Microsoft doesn’t merely accept a peaceful coexistence with Linux, but instead...
  • Bashware attack makes Linux a security threat to Windows 10

    09/17/2017 4:59:04 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Sep 12, 2017 | Mark Wycislik-Wilson
    While many people welcomed the arrival of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10, it has been found to be a potential security issue. A new technique known as a Bashware has been discovered by security researchers that makes it possible for malware to use the Linux shell to bypass security software. While administrator access is needed to execute a Bashware attack, this is fairly easily obtained, and the technique can be used to disguise malicious operations from antivirus software and other security tools. Researchers from Check Point Research point out that the danger stems from the fact that...
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server (Bash joins CMD and PowerShell)

    08/08/2017 9:58:45 PM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 9, 2017 | Simon Sharwood
    Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is coming to Windows Server.Microsoft's adding it to Windows Server for the same reasons it added it to Windows: it wants developers to have whatever tools they prefer at their disposal.Sysadmins are also on Redmond's mind, it says. “If you’re a server engineer that needs to run node.js, Ruby, Python, Perl, Bash scripts or other tools that expect Linux behaviors, environment or filesystem-layout, the ability to install and run Linux with WSL expands the tools at your disposal on Windows Server.”Redmond snuck WSL into Windows Server Insider Build 16237 without including...
  • SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and - yes! - it runs on Linux (Microsoft loves The Penguin)

    07/19/2017 5:56:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 19, 2017 | Richard Chirgwin
    Microsoft's long, gentle embrace of Linux continues with the first release candidate of SQL Server 2017.Microsoft said the early release would land in the middle of this year. Arguably, since this is only the RC1-level release, Microsoft's SQL-Server-on-Linux is running late.There's not much detail on what's in the box, with this Technet blog post only saying: SQL Server 2017 support for Linux includes the same high availability solutions on Linux as Windows Server, including Always On availability groups integrated with Linux native clustering solutions like Pacemaker. There's also Active Directory authentication, so domain-joined Windows or Linux clients can use their...
  • Debian Project Warns: Turn off Hyperthreading with Skylake and Kaby Lake (Ubuntu affected)

    06/26/2017 8:41:07 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies ^ | 06/26/2017 08:40 AM | Hilbert Hagedoorn
    Debian developers have issued an advisory to disable hyper-threading with Intel and Skylake- Kaby Lake generation processors. The CPUs can cause problems under certain conditions, in fact on all operating systems.They advside you to turn it off in the BIOS, and thus forfeit the extra performance you gain. It seems there is s defect for the CPUs in question that can cause compiler- and application crashes, unexpected behavior of programs and incorrect output software: This warning advisory is relevant for users of systems with the Intelprocessors code-named "Skylake" and "Kaby Lake". These are: the 6th and7th generation Intel Core processors (desktop,...
  • The Stack Clash (Major Vulnerability found in Linux, Solaris, Free/Net/OpenBSD)

    06/20/2017 2:52:48 PM PDT · by dayglored · 31 replies
    Qualys Security Labs Blog ^ | Jun 19, 2017 | Qualys Research Team
    Note from dayglored: This article is about a flaw in the *IX systems -- Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris. It does NOT apply to Windows, nor as far as I can tell, to OS X (even though OS X is based on FreeBSD). What is the Stack Clash? The Stack Clash is a vulnerability in the memory management of several operating systems. It affects Linux, OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD and Solaris, on i386 and amd64. It can be exploited by attackers to corrupt memory and execute arbitrary code.Qualys researchers discovered this vulnerability and developed seven exploits and seven proofs of concept...
  • 'Safe and predictable' Windows 10 S won't run Linux, says Microsoft (disallows command line apps)

    05/21/2017 4:19:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 37 replies
    ZC Net ^ | May 19, 2017 | Liam Tung
    Windows 10 S and Linux will not mix, according to Microsoft senior program manager Rich Turner. Just because Linux distributions are coming to the Windows Store, it doesn't mean they will work on laptops running Microsoft's streamlined Windows 10 S.Microsoft wants to clear up any confusion over two recent announcements. At the beginning of May it unveiled Windows 10 S, a fast-booting, locked-down version of Windows 10 that can only install apps from the Windows Store and is restricted to Microsoft's Edge browser. Windows 10 S ships with Microsoft's $1,000 Surface Laptop, as well as with forthcoming third-party Windows laptops...
  • Wine 2.0 Released, Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2013 on Linux

    01/24/2017 1:26:33 PM PST · by markomalley · 75 replies
    OMGUbuntu! ^ | 1/24/17 | Joey Sneddon
    A brand new stable release of Wine, the Windows compatibility programme, is now available to download.Wine 2.0 — yes, 2.0 — follows more than a year of development effort and marks the start of a new timed-based release cadence.Various miscellaneous changes make up Wine 2.0, ranging from support for Unicode 9.0; better HiDPI scaling; improved clipboard behaviour; an updated Gecko engine; and adjustments to joystick button mapping and force feedback effects.For gamers Wine 2.0 implements, fixes and polishes a slew of Direct3D 10/11 features, including more shader instructions, sRGB read/write support, array textures and so on, plus there are tweaks to DirectX support.On the audio side...
  • Are consumer PCs safe from the Intel ME/AMT exploit? (Intel says don't worry?)

    05/04/2017 7:16:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies ^ | May 3, 2017 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Analysis: Here are SemiAccurate’s thoughts TLDR; There is a remote control mechanism in hardware that cannot be fully disabled and you cannot get Intel hardware without it.  So while this patch may fix the current vulnerability this situation points to the urgent need for hardware diversity.Monday SemiAccurate brought you news of a critical remote exploit in all 2008+ Intel CPU’s. Today we will walk you through a chain of thought based on further investigation on how it could be exploited.Confidence Levels:While this is only analysis we will note that we believe this is in the wild right now. We would like to...
  • How to Convert Linux to Windows

    03/17/2017 7:43:57 AM PDT · by lafroste · 56 replies
    me ^ | 3/17/17 | lafroste
    I am currently in the process of ditching Dish satellite cable and switching to all online. Part of my motivation is to defund CNN et al. and part because it is really expensive. My Dish DVR has a lot of movies on it I would like to save. They are (apparently) in Linux format. I can transfer the movies to a flash drive OK, but then I cannot read the flash drive on any other computer (all Windows).Can anyone tell me how I can save these movies so I can watch them in the future? My online search only talked...
  • Linux Mint Question- Windows Suddenly Go Transparent

    02/28/2017 9:56:30 PM PST · by Bob434 · 32 replies
    None | March 1 2017 | Me
    OK- installed Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.1 recently, everything was working fine- then recently what has been happening is I'll be working along fine, and then for some reason, my windows go transparent- Icons are still opaque on desktop- but everything I open, card games, Internet browser, notepad etc are all transparent- even the shutdown dialogue is- Can't find any info online linux forums about this behavior- Any thoughts on how to fix it?
  • Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

    02/27/2017 9:40:42 AM PST · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 27, 2017 | Tim Anderson
    The Windows 10 Creators Update is set for release shortly, and comes with significant improvements to the Windows Subsystem for Linux, also known as Bash on Windows or Ubuntu on Windows.Just to remind you, this is not done via emulation, nor by running a virtual machine, but rather by redirecting system calls. Does Microsoft really love Linux? While that is hard to answer definitively, the company does see a lot of Linux in its future, and is smart enough not to resist it.Around a third of VMs on Azure run Linux; SQL Server for Linux is coming; the next-generation .NET...
  • The widow's mite a Pence to you[Charismatic Caucus]

    01/05/2017 9:19:06 AM PST · by Jedediah · 12 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles, bible ^ | 1-5-17 | Jedediah,Holy Spirit
    The widows mite a Pence to you, But soon shall rise from where now it is viewed, Humility about to rise, Where wisdom lives and no demise, So watch My choice begin to show, When "others" preach a Trump to grow, Truly this Pence shall be my choice , A man of God that speaks only My voice, Luke 21:1-4Tree of Life Version Teaching in the Temple 21 Then Yeshua looked up and saw the rich dropping their gifts into the treasury box. 2 He also saw a poor widow dropping in two small copper coins. [a] 3 And He...
  • (MS)SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why? (Preview review)

    11/26/2016 7:51:49 PM PST · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | Nov 24, 2016 | Tim Anderson
    First Look Microsoft has released a public preview of SQL Server for Linux, and I took it for a spin. There are three supported platforms for SQL Server on Linux, these being Red Hat Enterprise 7.2, Ubuntu 16.04, and a Linux-based Docker engine. Installation on other versions of Linux may also work, although unsupported. The Docker image enables installation on Mac or Windows. Microsoft specifies a minimum of 3.25GB of RAM. I installed on a modest 8GB dual-processor VM running Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" for testing. Setup involves agreeing a licence and setting an SA (system administrator) password. I then installed...
  • Microsoft's Linux love affair leads it to join The Linux Foundation

    11/16/2016 7:18:31 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    zd ^ | November 16, 2016 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    You read the title correctly. Microsoft just joined the Linux Foundation. Believe it or not, Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member. No, this isn't The Onion and it's not April Fool's Day. Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation. Microsoft announced that it was joining forces with The Linux Foundation at the Microsoft Connect developer event in New York. Yes, yes I know. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once said, "Linux is a cancer". Yes, Microsoft still forces Android vendors to pay for its bogus Linux patents. And, yes, Microsoft and its cronies are still scheming to...