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  • Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux Mint 17.3 instead?

    02/03/2016 11:22:43 AM PST · by dennisw · 85 replies
    zdnet ^ | February 3, 2016 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    My buddy David Gewirtz recently wrote about the question of whether you should move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or a Mac. I have another suggestion: Linux. Specifically Linux Mint 17.3, Rosa, with the Cinnamon desktop. Linux Mint 17.3 is a great replacement for Windows 7. In fact, it's a great desktop operating system period. sjvn Yes, I'm serious. I use all the above desktops -- yes I'm a Windows 7 and 10 user as well as a Linux guy -- and for people I think Mint 17.3 makes a great desktop. I've been using Mint as my main...
  • The real reason Microsoft open sourced .NET

    01/28/2016 2:53:37 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    CIO.com ^ | 27 January 2016 | Mary Branscombe
    With its engineers involved in more than 2,000 open source projects, you'd have to agree that open source has more than a foothold at Microsoft these days. Most recently, for example, the browser team made the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers both Edge and Internet Explorer open source, for a very practical reason. Node, the popular JavaScript runtime, currently works only with Google's V8 JavaScript engine. With Chakra now open source, Microsoft can take the fork of Node that it created to run on Chakra and contribute it back to the project -- which means developers who use Node will...
  • New zero-day flaw hits millions of Linux servers, also affects most Android devices

    01/20/2016 6:32:48 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    ZD Net ^ | January 19, 2016 -- 19:53 GMT | by Zack Whittaker
    The flaw is said to affect "tens of millions" of Linux PCs and servers, and most modern devices running the latest Android KitKat 4.4 software and later. A new, previously undiscovered flaw that allows an attacker to escalate local user privileges to the highest "root" level is said to hit "tens of millions" of Linux PCs and servers. Because some of the code is shared, the zero-day flaw also affects more than two-thirds of all Android devices. Israeli security firm Perception Point disclosed the flaw in a blog post Tuesday, but it wasn't immediately clear if the bug had been...
  • Any Linux Gurus On FR?

    01/24/2016 4:32:58 PM PST · by Washi · 32 replies
    http://freerepublic.com ^ | 1/24/2016 | Self
    Are there any Linux gurus here? I've looked around online and asked some questions in various forums, but I'm not getting anywhere. I've found explanations of how to set it up, but no examples. I have yet to get it working. I am trying to configure an environment with several Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 virtual machines. All of these machines need to be NTP clients of my NTP server. The NTP server uses MD5 authentication, and I need to have the Linux clients authenticate the NTP traffic. Can someone please post a working "ntp.conf" and "keys" file so that...
  • Linux Trojan captures audio and takes screenshots

    01/20/2016 8:26:27 PM PST · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | Jim Lynch
    Security is something that is always on the minds of users these days, and that includes those who use Linux. TechWeek Europe has a disturbing article about a Linux trojan that captures audio and takes screenshots. It remains to be seen how widespread this Trojan is among Linux users and what the exact attack vector is for it. Steve McCaskill reports for TechWeek Europe: Security researchers have found a new Linux Trojan capable of taking screenshots of infected systems and even recording sound. Russian anti-virus firm Dr Web says that once the Linux.Ekoms.1 malware is launched it checks for two...
  • Zero-Day FFmpeg Vulnerability Lets Anyone Steal Files from Remote Machines

    01/14/2016 7:18:26 PM PST · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    Softpedia ^ | Jan 13, 2016 22:03 GMT | Marius Nestor
    A zero-day vulnerability in the FFmpeg open-source multimedia framework, which is currently used in numerous Linux kernel-based operating systems and software applications, also for the Mac OS X and Windows platforms, was unveiled recently. The vulnerability was discovered on January 12, 2016, by Russian programmer Maxim Andreev in the current stable builds of the FFmpeg software, and it would appear that it allows anyone who has the necessary skills to hack a computer to read local files on a remote machine and send them over the network using a specially crafted video file. The vulnerability is limited to reading local...
  • Best Linux Distros For Newcomers

    01/13/2016 3:50:54 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 50 replies
    Datamation ^ | 11 January 2016 | Matt Hartley
    Most of the top Linux distributions are of the "easier to use" variety. Some observers might dispute this, but the fact is that most people not working in IT or software development will gravitate toward the easiest experience when it comes to Linux.In this article, I'll share my top picks for best Linux distro for newcomers. These selections are chosen based on their ease of use, not their potential for "learning Linux." I hope to put to bed once and for all that myth that all who use Linux need to have a strong familiarity with how Linux works. After...
  • Linksys to Provide DD-WRT Support for All Current WRT Routers

    01/07/2016 12:29:24 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 7 January 2016 | Silviu Stahie
    Linksys has just revealed at CES 2016 that all the WRT routers now have DD-WRT support, making this the first company of its type to fully embrace an open source solution.Linksys is one of the most important companies that builds networking hardware, and it's known for its quality hardware. In this case we're talking about routers in the WRT series, which are already very good. The company decided to partner up with DD-WRT in order to provide better support for their products.Many Linksys users were already installing DD-WRT and other similar products on their routers, so the company figured out...
  • The 10 Most In-Demand Programming Skills for Software Engineers in 2016

    01/05/2016 1:24:46 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Cyber Coders ^ | Brad Seaphin
    By Brad SeraphinAs one of the leading IT recruiting firms in the nation, CyberCoders has accumulated a wealth of data relating to the most in-demand development skills for job seekers.As a follow up to last year's article, 3 years of data (2013, 2014, and 2015) has been analyzed to yield 10 trends that provide skill demand insight for software engineers in 2016.1. Java remains atop the list as the most demanded skill companies were looking for in 2015. This trend proceeds Java's 2014 dethroning of C++, the most demanded skill of 2013.2. SQL consistently remains in the top 3...
  • Debian founder and Docker employee Ian Murdock has died at 42

    12/30/2015 3:33:56 PM PST · by pluvmantelo · 34 replies
    venturebeat.comem ^ | DECEMBER 30, 2015 | JORDAN NOVET
    Docker today announced that Ian Murdock, a member of the startup's technical staff and a former Sun and Salesforce employee known for founding the Debian Linux operating system, has passed away. He was 42. A cause of death was not provided in the blog post announcing the news. Docker declined to comment. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately have information on Murdock's cause of death.
  • Ubuntu 15.10 for Raspberry Pi 2 Gets Its First Linux Kernel 4.2 Patch, Update Now

    12/17/2015 10:10:49 PM PST · by Utilizer · 9 replies
    softpedia® ^ | 18 Dec 2015, 01:15 GMT | Marius Nestor
    ... After publishing details about the availability of new kernel packages for the Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS computer operating systems, Canonical now reports that the Linux kernel for Raspberry Pi 2 was updated for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf). According to the Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2843-3, four kernel vulnerabilities discovered by various developers in the upstream Linux kernel 4.2 branch, which is now officially maintained by Canonical's Ubuntu Kernel Team, as we reported a couple of days ago, were patched for the Raspberry Pi 2 port of Ubuntu 15.10. The first security flaw was...
  • Vulnerability in popular bootloader puts locked-down Linux computers at risk

    12/17/2015 11:05:35 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    CSO Online ^ | 16 December 2015 | Lucian Constantin
    Pressing the backspace key 28 times can bypass the Grub2 bootloader's password protection and allow a hacker to install malware on a locked-down Linux system. GRUB, which stands for the Grand Unified Bootloader, is used by most Linux distributions to initialize the operating system when the computer starts. It has a password feature that can restrict access to boot entries, for example on computers with multiple operating systems installed. This protection is particularly important within organizations, where it is also common to disable CD-ROM, USB and network boot options and to set a password for the BIOS/UEFI firmware in order...
  • Zero-Day GRUB2 Vulnerability Hits Linux Users, Patch Available for Ubuntu, RHEL

    12/16/2015 7:26:22 PM PST · by Utilizer · 30 replies
    softpedia® ^ | 16 Dec 2015, 01:23 GMT | Marius Nestor
    GRUB password protection can be bypassed According to Canonical'a latest Ubuntu Security Notice, it would appear that there's a zero-day security vulnerability in the GRUB2 (GNU GRand Unified Bootloader) packages, affecting all GNU/Linux distributions running 2.02 Beta. The security flaw was discovered by developers Ismael Ripoll and Hector Marco in the upstream GRUB2 packages, which did not correctly handled the backspace key when the bootloader was configured to use password-protected authentication, thus allowing a local attacker to bypass GRUB's password protection.
  • Linux Foundation’s Deal With the Devil

    12/15/2015 3:50:11 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 30 replies
    FOSS Force ^ | 14 December 2015 | Christine Hall
    Last week when Microsoft and the Linux Foundation separately announced a partnership that would see Redmond issuing a Linux certification called Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Linux (MCSA), Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols felt the need to add the words "not a typo" to the headline of his coverage on ZDNet. A couple of days later, when the story made the pages of The Register the headline included, "Do not adjust your set. This is not an error." We were just as surprised here at FOSS Force, and Larry Cafiero pulled no punches when breaking the story in Friday's Week in Review. "There's...
  • Not a typo: �‹Microsoft is offering a Linux certification

    12/11/2015 3:23:58 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 37 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 9 December 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Right after Microsoft releasing MS-Linux, a few years ago I would have said the next most unlikely thing for Microsoft to do would be to offer a Linux certification. Guess what? They are.Yes, there's now a joint Microsoft Linux certification. Who would have imagined this even a year ago?On December 9, Microsoft released a Linux certification: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure. You know what's even more amazing? Microsoft created this certifcation with the help of the The Linux Foundation. Maybe dogs and cats can live together! This important step in broadening the technology integration between Microsoft and...
  • 10 offbeat, odd, and downright weird places you'll find Linux

    11/15/2015 5:06:46 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 19 replies
    IT World ^ | 12 November 2015 | Josh Fruhlinger
    Why worry about the desktop when you've conquered everything else? Let's just get this out of the way: this isn't the year of Linux on the desktop. That year will probably never arrive. But Linux has gotten just about everywhere else, and the Linux community can take a bow for making that happen. Android, based on the Linux kernel, is so prevalent on mobile devices that it makes the longstanding desktop quest seem irrelevant. But beyond Android there are a number of places where you can find Linux that are truly odd and intriguing, and by "places" we mean both...
  • Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

    11/12/2015 12:01:16 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | 12 November 2015 | Darren Pauli
    Ransomware targeting Linux servers has been thwarted by hard working security boffins, with help from the software itself, mere days after its existence was made public.The Linux.Encoder.1 ransomware seeks Linux systems to encrypt and like others of its ilk demands owners pay BitCoins to have files decrypted. But the first iteration of the malware has, like most betas, proven fallible.Not only can it be decrypted using scripts without the need for ransoms to be paid, but it can re-encrypt itself, corrupting files and even encrypting the ransom note that directs victims how to pay the extortion.Bitdefender security wonks report both...
  • How bad a boss is Linus Torvalds?

    11/12/2015 6:43:40 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 36 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 11 November 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    I've known Linus Torvalds, Linux's inventor, for over 20 years. We're not chums, but we like each other.Lately, Torvalds has been getting a lot of flack for his management style. Linus doesn't suffer fools gladly. He has one way of judging people in his business of developing the Linux kernel: How good is your code?Nothing else matters. As Torvalds said earlier this year at the Linux.conf.au Conference, "I'm not a nice person, and I don't care about you. I care about the technology and the kernel-that's what's important to me." Now, I can deal with that kind of person. If...
  • Thanks for playing: New Linux ransomware decrypted, pwns itself

    11/12/2015 3:34:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Register ^ | 11/12/15 | Darren Pauli
    Ransomware targeting Linux servers has been thwarted by hard working security boffins, with help from the software itself, mere days after its existence was made public.The Linux.Encoder.1 ransomware seeks Linux systems to encrypt and like others of its ilk demands owners pay BitCoins to have files decrypted. But the first iteration of the malware has, like most betas, proven fallible.Not only can it be decrypted using scripts without the need for ransoms to be paid, but it can re-encrypt itself, corrupting files and even encrypting the ransom note that directs victims how to pay the extortion.Bitdefender security wonks report both...
  • Linus Torvalds: Perfect Security in Open Source Linux OS Is Impossible

    11/11/2015 4:35:38 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 6 replies
    The VAR Guy ^ | 9 November 2015 | Christopher Tozzi
    Does Linus Torvalds fail to take security in the Linux kernel seriously, and is the world doomed because of it? That's what the Washington Post suggests in a recent article about security in the open source OS. The Post sums up Torvalds's take on security as follows: "Security of any system can never be perfect. So it always must be weighed against other priorities -- such as speed, flexibility and ease of use -- in a series of inherently nuanced trade-offs."The Post also describes Torvalds as "the man who holds the future of the Internet in his hands."Taken together, the...
  • Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

    11/09/2015 5:59:00 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    The Register ^ | 6 November 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    Celebrity programmer Eric S. Raymond has aired a theory that feminist activists are trying to find a way to lay false sexual assault claims against male leaders of the open source community.Raymond is best known for his seminal tract The Cathedral and the Bazaar, and remains active in the world of open source, which he has championed since the late 1990s. In a blog post this week, Raymond, often referred to as "ESR", dropped this bomb on the internet: The short version is: if you are any kind of open-source leader or senior figure who is male, do not be...
  • RUSSIA: Russian Internet Law Could Threaten Security of Americans’ Personal Data

    11/08/2015 6:15:51 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 5 replies
    WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | November 6, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    Moscow requires major companies to move information to servers in Russia by start of next year A Russian law could place the personal data of millions of Internet users, including Americans, at risk if international digital companies comply by the start of next year, analysts say. The law, enacted last year, requires digital companies to store the personal information of Russians in servers on Russian soil. While officials in Moscow have cited concerns that Russians’ information could be vulnerable to foreign intelligence services such as the National Security Agency (NSA) if it is located outside the country’s borders, critics of...
  • Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

    11/06/2015 1:06:47 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 55 replies
    the register. ^ | 6 Nov 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    Celebrity programmer Eric S. Raymond has aired a theory that feminist activists are trying to find a way to lay false sexual assault claims against male leaders of the open source community. Among his many blog posts, Raymond has also identified criticized contemporary feminism, called for the demilitarization of US police and argued against gun control.
  • A Miracle Comes to Linux

    10/27/2015 6:51:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    FOSSForce ^ | 27 October 2015 | Ken Starks
    His name is Morgan, but it hasnt always been his name. What it was before doesnt legally matter any longer. What does matter, to us, is the concentric circles by which Morgan arrivedcame to be. Morgan doesnt know any better. Many metaphors of consciousness can be applied, but for Morgan, your arguments on his condition fall outside of his realm of concern. Morgan is Morgan, and what Morgan does in the present is all that matters. What might have been his reality, to you, before the incident, is simply pabulum to Morgan. To Morgan, you are children trying to complete...
  • Can the Internet exist without Linux?

    10/17/2015 10:39:26 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 18 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 15 October 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    The Linux Foundation recently put up a funny video showing what life might be like without Web search. It's tagline was "A world without Linux is hard to imagine." It also added, "A world without Linux would mean a world without the Internet." Ah. No. The Internet actually started as ARPAnet, a government sponsored packet-switching network in September 1969. Linus Torvalds wouldn't be born until December 1969. The cartoon is really about search on the Web, not the Internet itself. The Web got its start in 1991. It first ran om NeXTStations. These were Steve Job-designed Unix workstations. They're the...
  • Top Tips For Migrating from Windows to Linux

    10/06/2015 3:46:33 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 50 replies
    Datamation ^ | 05 October 2015 | Matt Hartley
    It's easy to forget how intimidating it can be when trying something completely new for the first time. This is especially true when a power-user comfortable with Windows tries Linux. Since I'm a power user of various Linux distros, Windows and OS X, I have some insights that I think people looking to migrate to Linux need to read. Let's get started, shall we?Linux is not Windows The first thing that people who migrate from Windows need to understand is that Linux is not Windows. People seem to forget this fact when they experience something completely foreign while using Linux....
  • Anniversary of First Linux Kernel Release: A Look at Collaborative Value

    10/05/2015 5:27:24 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 22 replies
    Linux.com ^ | 02 October 2015 | Jennifer Cloer
    Linus Torvalds The Linux community often recognizes two anniversaries for Linux: August 25th is the day Linus Torvalds first posted that he was working on Linux and said Hello, everybody out there and October 5th is the day he released the first kernel.To mark the anniversary of the first kernel release in 1991, we look at some facts and consider the progress that has been made since that early version. Version 0.01 of the Linux kernel had 10,239 lines of code (source: Wikipedia). Version 4.1, released in July 2015, has more than 19 million lines of code (source: Phoronix)....
  • Why there will never be a year of the Linux desktop

    09/30/2015 4:57:21 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 79 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 29 September 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    I love the Linux desktop. As far as I'm concerned, the Linux Mint 17.2 is the best desktop around. Heck, I was once editor-in-chief of a website called Linux Desktop. But today, I believe there's no way the Linux desktop will ever become the top desktop operating system. The Linux desktop, here Mint 17.2 with Cinnamon, is great, but it will never be popular the way Windows was. That's right. There will be no "Year of the Linux desktop." Oh, don't get me wrong, Linux, as Android tablets and smartphones and Chrome OS Chromebooks, will become the most popular end-user...
  • Microsoft deploys first major server application on Ubuntu Linux

    09/29/2015 5:17:52 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 28 September 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Even after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed Microsoft loved Linux and Microsoft released a specialized Linux for switches, Azure Cloud Switch, many don't buy that Microsoft believes in Linux. What will it take? Maybe, it will be this: Microsoft has selected Ubuntu for its first Linux-based software-as-a service offering, HDInsight, Microsoft's big data Hadoop-on-Azure service. Windows and Ubuntu working together.Microsoft has partnered with Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, and Hortonworks, a major developer of the Hadoop program. Hadoop enables distributed processing of big data over commodity server clusters and clouds. Together the three companies have made it possible to run HDInsight...
  • Windows 10 Core Starter Pack for Raspberry Pi 2 (Trade in Linux for Windows?!? It's the IoT!)

    09/28/2015 8:35:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 33 replies
    Raspberry Pi Blog ^ | Sep 25, 2015 | Helen Lynn
    When we released Raspberry Pi 2 in February this year, we announced that Microsofts Windows 10 IoT Core, a version of Windows 10 for small Internet-of-Things devices that may or may not have a screen, would be available for the device. Since the Windows Insider release of Windows 10 Core in August, weve found that lots of people looking for a Pi 2 are arriving at sellers websites from sites catering for Windows developers. Many Windows developers are coming to Raspberry Pi for the first time; we couldnt be more pleased to welcome them, and we hope theyll encounter much...
  • Microsoft preps Azure data lake flood gates for readiness (open source-friendly cloud services)

    09/28/2015 7:45:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 28, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Microsoft will later this year release its open-source friendly lake for big-data analytics in the cloud. Azure Data Lake Store announced at Build in April will be released as a preview, Microsoft said Monday. The store will be built on Apache YARN for developers and data scientists, to analyse information, and will use Azure HDInsight a managed service for Hadoop, Spark, Storm and Hbase. HDInsight was developed by Microsoft working with Ubuntu-shop Canonical and Hadoop spinner Hortonworks, Microsoft and Canonical said. In preparation for the preview Microsoft Monday threw the doors open on managed Linux clusters. Microsofts...
  • Microsoft's love affair with Linux deepens

    09/22/2015 5:16:46 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 21 September 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Hell must be getting chilly. Microsoft is no longer just supporting Linux as Hyper-V virtual machines (VM) and Azure clouds, the Redmond giant is producing its very own Linux "distribution" -- Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) . Notice the quotes around distribution. Microsoft has not created its own server or desktop distribution. Indeed, you can't buy, lease, or download ACS. This way Microsoft gets to offer Linux-based services while staying on the right side of Linux's GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2) legal requirements. Linux's GPLv2 requires that the code be made freely available only if you're actually shipping your...
  • Steam Crosses 1,500 Games Natively Available For Linux

    09/21/2015 7:14:13 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 6 replies
    Phoronix ^ | 19 September 2015 | Michael Larabel
    Today marks a huge milestone for Steam on Linux: 1,500 games are natively available! This is quite significant while Windows is at 6,464 and OS X is at 2,323.New games continue to be ported to Linux and offered via Steam almost daily. This is all while the Steam Linux market-share is below 1%. Heck, even stats well outside the gaming space show Linux desktop use at less than 2%.While the Linux gaming marketshare right now is very tiny, game developers continue porting to Linux in anticipation of a return on investment down the road as more gamers try out SteamOS...
  • Microsoft has created its own version of Linux a product Steve Ballmer once likened to 'cancer'

    09/18/2015 3:23:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/18/2015 | Matt Weinberger
    This week, Microsoft unveiled Azure Cloud Switch, a boring-sounding product that's only interesting to developers and IT professionals working on the bleeding edge of networking technology. The scandalous part is actually under the hood: Azure Cloud Switch is, at the core, a specialized version of Linux a free operating system that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once referred to as "a cancer." Linux, created in the early 1990s by incredibly influential programming firebrand Linus Torvalds and further developed by a veritable army of volunteers from around the world, never quite toppled the dominance of Microsoft Windows on the desktop....
  • Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

    09/17/2015 9:16:56 PM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 18, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    Redmond reveals Azure Cloud Switch, its in-house software-defined networking OS Sitting down? Nothing in your mouth? Microsoft has developed its own Linux distribution. And Azure runs it to do networking. Redmond's revealed that it's built something called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS), describing it as a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux and our foray into building our own software for running network devices like switches. Kamala Subramanian, Redmond's principal architect for Azure Networking, writes that: At Microsoft, we believe there are many excellent switch hardware platforms available on the market, with healthy competition between many...
  • What you should not expect when switching to Linux

    09/17/2015 6:48:25 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 82 replies
    DarkDuck ^ | 17 September 2015 | Dmitry (Darkduck)
    Linux is a great operating system. Nobody in the Linux camp will argue about that. There are many articles on the Internet convincing you to try and to switch to Linux. There are also many articles that attempt to show you why you should not switch. Let's look at this question from a slightly different viewpoint today. Say, you are now convinced that you want to switch to Linux. What you should NOT expect from this switch? 1. Linux works much faster than Windows This isn't too far from the truth. Generally speaking, Linux OS is less resource-hungry than Windows....
  • Is Linux Right For You?

    08/31/2015 6:37:23 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    Datamation ^ | 24 August 2015 | Matt Hartley
    I enjoy using Linux on the desktop. Not because of software politics or because I despise other operating systems. I simply like Linux because it just works.It's been my experience that not everyone is cut out for the Linux lifestyle. In this article, I'll help you run through the pros and cons of making the switch to Linux so you can determine if switching is right for you.When to make the switch Switching to Linux makes sense when there is a decisive reason to do so. The same can be said about moving from Windows to OS X or vice...
  • At 24, Linux Has Come Out of the Basement

    08/28/2015 6:41:30 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 38 replies
    Linux Insider ^ | 26 August 2015 | Jack M. Germain
    Linux is a very functional operating system. It "led to the collapse of the infrastructure decision debates of many IT shops," said Guy Smith, chief strategist for Silicon Strategies Marketing. "Before Linux, long-term choices concerning the OS, database, development language, and more divided IT shops -- and the resulting incompatibilities led to dysfunctional applications." Happy Birthday, Linux Project -- this week you turned 24.The Linux OS has grown up everywhere. Its code and the open source model are found worldwide. People often use linux without knowing it -- when they search on Google, buy metro tickets or surf the Web....
  • Sick of Windows spying on you? Go Linux

    08/15/2015 12:48:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 96 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 8/15/15 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    You can try to turn Windows 10's data-sharing ways off, but, bad news: Windows 10 will keep sharing some of your data with Microsoft anyway. There is an alternative: Desktop Linux.You can do a lot to keep Windows 10 from blabbing, but you can't always stop it from talking. Cortana, Windows 10's voice activated assistant, for example, will share some data with Microsoft, even when it's disabled. That data includes a persistent computer ID to identify your PC to Microsoft.If you do use Cortana, you'll be sharing your keystrokes and voice with Microsoft. That's to make Cortana and other Microsoft...
  • Windows 10 Forced Updates Causing Endless Crash Loops

    08/10/2015 9:23:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 08/10/2015 | Gordon Kelly
    I think we can now all agree: Microsoft Microsofts hardline policy on Windows 10s forced updates is silly. Very silly. Since launching nine days ago Windows Update has sent out an unstable graphics driver which switched off monitors, a buggy security patch which corrupted Windows Explorer and there are now a number of reports that a third update is causing Window 10 machines to crash over and over againThe patch in question is KB3081424 (ironically enough a roll-up of bug fixes) and during its update process affected users find it fails andtriggers the message: We couldnt complete the updates, undoing...
  • The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything

    08/02/2015 2:06:44 PM PDT · by 867V309 · 51 replies
    zerohedge ^ | 08/02/2015 | Tyler Durden!
    From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers' basic information - name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics - but it also digs a bit deeper... and finding answers is not easy, as one privacy expert exclaimed, "there is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes 'real transparency'."
  • All editions of Windows 10 get 10 years of updates, support

    07/19/2015 4:55:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 07/19/2015 | By Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft today refreshed its Windows support lifecycle fact sheet to include Windows 10, saying there that it would provide updates to the new OS for 10 years, or until October 2025. The new information puts to rest one of the biggest remaining questions about Windows 10: what has Microsoft meant since January by describing the policy as running for the supported lifetime of the device when it described the operating system's support timeline? "The traditional 10-year support lifecycle applies to all SKUs [stock-keeping units]," a Microsoft spokeswoman confirmed in a follow-up email [emphasis added]. SKUs represent the various editions of...
  • Google releases Kubernetes 1.0: Container management will never be the same

    07/22/2015 7:34:02 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 3 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 21 July 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    On July 21 at OSCon, Google announced that Kubernetes, its open source container deployment and management tool, was ready for the big time -- general use in production environments -- by releasing Kubernetes 1.0. Google wants Kubernetes to be in every one's cloud, and with the 1.0 release it's already well on its way. Chances are many of you don't know Kubernetes, but the odds are even greater that you use it every day. That's because every time you run a Google program -- Search, Gmail, Google Docs, whatever -- you are running it in Google's own container technology, lmctfy...
  • Is It That Hard to Use Linux as Your Main Computer Operating System?

    06/22/2015 6:33:19 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 38 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 19 June 2015 | Marius Nestor
    Every once in a while, I find myself in a situation where I'm being asked by someone who wants to migrate from a Microsoft Windows operating system if Linux is indeed a new home for Windows refugees.Migrating from an operating system to a different one is not for everyone, no matter if you're switching from Windows to Linux, or from Linux to Mac, or from Mac to Windows, as it involves special hardware (in some cases) and a lot of time learning how the new OS works, something that we are short of these days.It just happens that Ive had...
  • Holy (bleep) Microsoft promises secure logins for Windows PowerShell (OpenSSH comes to Windows!)

    06/02/2015 6:59:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | June 2, 2015 | Shaun Nichols
    Microsoft has finally decided to add support for SSH to PowerShell, allowing people to log into Windows systems and use software remotely over an encrypted connection. Users of Linux, the BSDs, and other operating systems, will know all about OpenSSH and its usefulness in connecting machines in a secure way to execute commands and transfer data. And soon Windows PowerShell the command-line shell and scripting language can be used over SSH, we're told. "The PowerShell team [will] adopt an industry-proven solution while providing tight integration with Windows; a solution that Microsoft will deliver in Windows while working closely...
  • Five Reasons to Use Linux

    05/29/2015 4:40:55 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 24 replies
    FOSSForce ^ | 28 May 2015 | Christine Hall
    I might be wrong, but I get the impression that my Windows friends which would be most of the people I see on a daily basis think of Linux as this incredibly geeky system from another planet. I think most of them dont understand why I use it and why I dont just stay in the known world which to them would be Windows. Paradoxically, however, they do get why some folks use Macs.Quite simply, most of us use desktop Linux because its superior to all other brands, including Windows and OS X even including Unix...
  • Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

    05/10/2015 7:32:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | May 11, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    In yet another sign that Microsoft is a very different animal these days, the company has released PowerShell DSC (desired state configuration) for Linux. PowerShell DSC is a server configuration tool that has hitherto driven Windows Server boxen. But Microsoft's now decided it has a commitment to common management of heterogeneous assets in your datacenter or the public cloud, so has added Linux-wrangling features to the tool. The new code can cope with CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu Server. Once you get it up and running you can enjoy the...
  • CHIP, a $9 computer with WiFi, Bluetooth, 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM and 4GB storage

    05/10/2015 3:56:53 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 59 replies
    The Next Digit ^ | 10 May 2015 | Suzanne Jean
    With the sizes slimming down, it is certainly not a huge surprise that we have a Chip sized computer amidst us. What is really astonishing is the fact that this chip sized computer costs only $9 and can do literally everything for you. The Chip as it has been named runs on Linux and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well.In fact, CHIP from Next Thing Co.also offers a VGA or an HDMI post for monitors, adding immense versatility to it. To be true, this is certainly one invention that all of us might just have been looking forward to.CHIP has...
  • Microsoft Launches Its .NET Distribution For Linux And Mac

    05/08/2015 2:10:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Frederic Lardinois
    Last November, Microsoft said that it would bring some of the core features of its .NET platform which has traditionally been Windows-only to Linux and Mac. Today, at its Build developer conference, the company announced its first full preview of the .NET Core runtime for Linux and Mac OS X.In addition, Microsoft is making the release candidate of the full .NET framework for Windows available to developers today [April 29, 2015]. The highlight here, though, is obviously the release of .NET Core for platforms other than Windows. As Microsoft VP of its developer division S. Soma Somasegar told...
  • Windows 10 or Ubuntu: Which will be the one OS to rule them all?

    05/07/2015 9:02:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/07/2015 | Nick Heath
    As sales of tablets and phones continue to outstrip demand for PCs, the technology industry is preparing for a shift in how people use computers. In this transition, phones and tablets are expected to begin to be used as desktop PCs, a change that will force a fundamental redesign of software. Instead of operating systems and applications having a single interface, apps will alter their look and controls to reflect how they are being used. For example, a UI that favours large, easily-tappable buttons on a touchscreen tablet might switch to tightly-packed icons when the tablet is used with a...