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  • For the first time ever, Microsoft will distribute its own version of Linux

    04/16/2018 4:34:58 PM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr 16, 2018 | Matt Weinberger
    Microsoft on Monday announced Azure Sphere, a new technology to protect the processors that power smart appliances, connected toys, and other gadgets. Azure Sphere is powered in large part by Linux, a free operating system that Microsoft once viewed as a major threat. It's the first time ever that Microsoft has made Linux part of a product offering. Microsoft announced on Monday a new technology called Azure Sphere, a new system for securing the tiny processors that power smart appliances, connected toys, and other gadgets. We'll get to the specifics in a moment, but here's the really notable part:...
  • Linux Mint vs. MX Linux: What's Best for You?

    04/05/2018 10:39:03 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 30 replies
    Datamation ^ | 4 April 2018 | Matt Hartley
    For the past few years, Linux Mint has been unstoppable in terms of attracting new users. I honestly never really understood its appeal over Ubuntu MATE. However, the fact remains that the Cinnamon desktop seems to be a large part of its appeal. Recently I had the pleasure of discovering another desktop distro that is aimed at newer uses. It's lightning fast, and offers fantastic support for features that newer Linux users are usually looking for. This distro is called MX Linux and it's latest release is called MX 17.In this article, we're going to compare both Linux Mint and...
  • Why not the best? Why not Linux Mint?

    04/04/2018 3:53:50 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 126 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 3 April 2018 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    I’ve been running Linux on the desktop for decades. When I was starting with it, Linux was, comparatively, harder to use than the GUI-based operating systems then available from Apple and Microsoft. That was then. This is now.Today, Linux, especially such distributions as openSUSE, Ubuntu and, my favorite, Linux Mint, are just as easy to use as macOS and Windows. And they don’t have the security bugs. What’s that? You don’t mind dealing with a few bugs? Well, on the latest Patch Tuesday, as Woody Leonhard put it, an “enormous number of patches spewed out of Microsoft this month, with...
  • Linux More Popular than Windows in Stack Overflow's 2018 Developer Survey

    03/23/2018 3:19:56 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 23 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 22 March 2018 | Marius Nestor
    More than 100,000 developers participated in this year's Annual Developer Survey, which included several new topics ranging from ethics in coding to artificial intelligence (AI). The results are finally here and reveal the fact that some technologies and operating systems have become more popular than others in the past year.According to the survey, JavaScript remains the most used programming language for the six years in a row, back-end developer is the most common developer type, over 80 percent of responders code as a hobby and 92.9 percent are male, and Node.js is the number one framework used by developers.Moreover, MySQL...
  • Linux Beats Windows & Apple OS for Security.

    02/08/2018 6:16:47 AM PST · by Voption · 51 replies
    Behind the Black ^ | February 7, 2018 | Robert Zimmerman
    A survey of computer security experts confirms that they generally consider Linux superior to either the Windows or Apple operating systems when it comes to security....And if you want to try out Linux, all you really need is a spare laptop or desktop, one or two years old, that you aren’t using any more, and to then follow the instructions provided here on Behind the Black by reader James Stephens for Getting and Installing Linux."
  • Excellent No-Charge Linux Books – Learn About Linux – For Beginners

    02/01/2018 6:29:48 PM PST · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Linux Links ^ | 2/1/18 | Steve Emms
    Do you want to learn about Linux? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Not sure what Linux is? To a purist, Linux refers to an open source kernel – the program at the heart of the operating system. But it’s easiest to think of Linux as a family of free and open source software operating systems built around that kernel. More importantly, it’s a genuine contender to the Windows family of operating systems, surpassing it in many areas.Linux differs in so many ways to Windows. You might be well versed with Windows. But if you’re keen to explore and...
  • Linus Torvalds declares Intel fix for Meltdown/Spectre ‘COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE’

    01/22/2018 6:51:07 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    techcrunch ^ | 22 Jan 2018 | Devin Coldewey
    Is Intel really planning on making this shit architectural? Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane? They do literally insane things. They do things that do not make sense. That makes all your [i.e. Woodhouse’s] arguments questionable and suspicious. The patches do things that are not sane. …So somebody isn’t telling the truth here. Somebody is pushing complete garbage for unclear reasons. Sorry for having to point that out. ...Intel, for its part, offered the following statement: “We take the feedback of industry partners seriously. We are actively engaging with the Linux community, including Linus,...
  • PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

    01/12/2018 6:11:41 AM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Simon Sharwood
    Microsoft has given the world new versions of PowerShell that bring the popular automation and scripting tool to MacOS and Linux.PowerShell Core 6.0’s both an upgrade and a replacement for its predecessors.It’s a replacement because Microsoft is no longer actively developing its predecessor, “Windows PowerShell”. That tool will be kept secure in future updates to Windows Server and Windows.Those of you looking for future fun, by way of enhancements, need to adopt PowerShell Core. That moniker reflects the fact it runs with the .Net Core, rather than the Windows-only .NET framework.The change has been made because Microsoft wants sysadmins to...
  • How Did Linux Come to Dominate Supercomputing?

    12/19/2017 10:51:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    NetworkWorld ^ | Andy Patrizio
    All 500 machines on the TOP500 supercomputer list run Linux. Here’s how the little OS that could, did.After years of pushing toward total domination, Linux finally did it. It is running on all 500 of the TOP500 supercomputers in the world, and who knows how many more after that. That’s even more impressive than Intel’s domination of the list, with 92 percent of the processors in the top 500. So, how did Linux get here? How did this upstart operating system created by a college student from Finland 26 years ago steamroll Unix, a creation of Bell Labs and supported...
  • Linux Journal Ceases Publication

    12/01/2017 12:36:45 PM PST · by zeugma · 28 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | 12/01/17 | Self
    I saw elsewhere on the net, that Linux Journal is ceasing publication. From their homepage: Linux Journal Ceases Publication EOF It looks like we’re at the end, folks. If all goes according to a plan we’d rather not have, the November issue of Linux Journal was our last.
  • 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 · 42 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
    samsungmobilepress.com ^ | 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
    guru3d.com ^ | 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,...