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  • Any thoughts on Windows 10 preview? Vanity

    10/01/2014 5:37:10 PM PDT · by aft_lizard · 46 replies
    today | me
    Anybody else download and install the Windows 10 preview? I am using it now. I haven't noticed any major hiccups yet, speed and responsiveness is great. Having the live tiles and apps in the start menu is great, especially since you can now use the apps in a window. I also noticed my apps from my old WinRT tablet show and work in x86.
  • Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support

    04/15/2014 10:53:03 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 61 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | April 14, 2014 | Woody Leonhard
    In what is surely the most customer-antagonistic move of the new Windows regime, Steve Thomas at Microsoft posted a TechNet article on Saturday stating categorically that Microsoft will no longer issue security patches for Windows 8.1, starting in May. Call this the "let them eat cake" approach to support for Microsoft's flagship operating system. ... Yes, you read that right: With three weeks left until Windows 8.1 end of support -- until the next round of security patches appear with Windows 8.1 not included in the party list -- Microsoft still hasn't figured out how to get Windows 8.1 Update...
  • Windows 8.1 overtakes Vista, Mac OS X as Windows XP maintains 29% share

    03/03/2014 1:16:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Techie News ^ | 03/03/2013 | Megha Kedia
    Windows 8.1, after four months of its October 2013 debut, has finally managed to overtake other operating software including Windows Vista and Mac OS X recording a slow, but steady initial growth. According to latest latest data coming from Net Applications Windows 8.1 holds a market share of 4.30 percent to become the fourth most popular operating system in the world. According to the statistics, Windows 7 with a share of 47.31 percent, continues to be the number one OS version followed by Windows XP which is still powering 29.53 percent of desktop computers worldwide. MicrosoftÂ’s modern operating system, Windows...
  • Is Microsoft Corporation Developing a New Operating System?

    01/04/2014 8:48:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    Next iPhone News ^ | 01/03/2014 | Zacks Investment Research
    Reportedly, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will soon be introducing a brand new computer programming language. This programming language, in turn, would be used to develop an operating system called “Midori” whose operations will not be similar to Windows in any way. The new programming language is code-named “M#” as per reports and is an extension of C#. Midori represents a highly-dependable operating system in which the kernel, device drivers, and applications are all written in managed codes. Managed code is a term coined by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) to identify computer program source code that will execute only under the management of...
  • Unix Architecture Showing it's Age

    05/16/2013 6:39:16 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 75 replies
    OStatic ^ | 14 May 2013 | Jon Buys
    High Scalability has a fascinating article up that summarizes a talk by Robert Graham of Errata Security, summarizing the development choices needed to support 10 million concurrent connections on a single server. From a small data center perspective, the numbers he is talking about seem astronomical, but not unbelievable. With a new era of Internet connected devices dawning the time may have come to question the core architecture of Unix, and therefore Linux and BSD as well. The core of the talk seems to be that the kernel is too inefficient in how it handles threads and packets to maintain...
  • Mozilla's Firefox OS unlikely to reach the U.S. market until 2014

    02/25/2013 11:37:55 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    fiercewireless.com ^ | February 24, 2013 | Phil Goldstein
    Emerging markets will be the first to get the devices *********************************************EXCERPT************************************** BARCELONA, Spain--Mozilla formally launched its Firefox OS here ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress. However, the smartphone platform is focusing its attention on emerging markets and will likely not launch in the U.S. market until 2014.Mozilla, best known for its Firefox browser, said the first Firefox OS devices will be available to consumers in Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela, and that additional markets will be announced soon. The platform seems clearly aimed at emerging markets, and Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs said the platform...
  • Four Cops Injured, One Stabbed in Melee

    05/21/2012 5:59:08 PM PDT · by yoe · 38 replies
    5NBC News Chicago ^ | May 21, 2012 | Courtney Copenhagen
    A Chicago police officer suffered a stab wound to the leg, Sunday, and three others were injured during a day of protests around the NATO summit. Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy did not know what was used to stab the officer and became emotional when discussing the crowd with which his officers dealt. "If you think it's easy to ask people to do what they did, it's not," he said, pausing to gain his composure. "Asking people to put themselves in harm's way, knowing that they're going to get assaulted, and to be able to stand there and take it,...
  • Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux - Microsoft wants firmware to only start authorised OSes

    09/21/2011 5:57:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    The Register ^ | 9/21/11 | John Leyden
    Computer scientists warn that proposed changes in firmware specifications may make it impossible to run “unauthorised” operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD on PCs. Proposed changes to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) firmware specifications would mean PCs would only boot from a digitally signed image derived from a keychain rooted in keys built into the PC. Microsoft is pushing to make this mandatory in a move that could not be overridden by users and would effectively exclude alternative operating systems, according to Professor Ross Anderson of Cambridge University and other observers. UEFI is a successor to the BIOS...
  • Computer Advice Needed

    04/18/2011 8:37:42 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 84 replies · 1+ views
    I need some computer advice, and I don't know of a better place than FR. My desktop pc is warning me that it is ready for retirement: sound is off, sometimes does not allow me to type, keeps freezing... My problem is that I love Windows XP and both my husband and son have Vista and they do nothing but complain about it. Can anybody give me an objective opinion of Windows 7? What do you like/dislike about it? If you had a choice between Windows XP and Windows 7, which one would you choose? Thanks to everybody!
  • Switching to Linux (For the Right Reasons)

    01/06/2011 8:31:18 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Datamation ^ | 5 January 2011 | Matt Hartley
    Why are you using Linux on your desktop? Before answering this question, consider the advantages and disadvantages and then come back full circle to your own motivation for using Linux. Nearly every week, I find my news feeds filled with the usual generic articles describing rather vanilla reasons for using Linux on the desktop. Why do I have a problem with this? Perhaps because the reasons often being shared are just echoes of other opinions that clearly aren't that of the author. Instead, we are reading the thoughts and ideas of many articles since past. Great platform for the wrong...
  • Current Operating Systems May Only Make Sense Up To 48 Cores

    10/01/2010 8:17:32 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 19 replies
    ConceivablyTech ^ | 30 September 2010 | Kurt Bakke
    Adding cores to the CPU has become the general recipe to ensure performance improvements in modern computers, even if we have heard before than the IT industry will face efficiency problems beyond 16 cores. New research published by MIT now suggests that the industry will be running into a soft wall when 48 cores are reached and new operating system architectures may be required. Intel Core i7 Die The number of cores in modern CPUs has grown much slower than we initially anticipated. The first mainstream quad-core processor (Intel Kentsfield), followed just 18 months after the release of the first...
  • VANITY: How Do I Learn Solaris Quickly

    07/24/2010 1:51:09 PM PDT · by BraveMan · 16 replies
    7/24/10 | BM
    My new position has me dealing with several Sun Terminals controlling industrial equipment. I have ZERO experience with this O/S though I did manage thru an fsck command the night before (multiple power outages). I am looking for FReeper advice: recommended books, forums, classes, etc. Thanks in advance . . .
  • The Race to Build a Secure Operating System

    05/11/2010 5:27:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 533+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 5/11/2010 | Kevin Coleman
    In response to the continuous compromise of networks, multiple countries have begun developing secure platforms and operating systems. Computer companies, university researchers, defense R&D contractors and militaries around the world recognize the criticality of networks and embedded processors within their equipment. They also recognize how vulnerable they are and that’s why so much attention is being given to building in security at every level of the system including the operating system. As discussed here, China’s Trusted Computing Platform (TCP) program has been underway for some time now and can be traced back to the early 2000s. The Chinese TCP includes...
  • Built Around The Browser, Google's Chrome OS Launches Reinvents The Operating System (Ubuntu-Based)

    11/19/2009 8:08:38 PM PST · by goldstategop · 39 replies · 1,188+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | 11/19/2009 | Jason Mick
    A radical new day has dawned for the operating system. Today Google finally aired its long awaited Chrome Operating System. The operating system was detailed at a press conference starting at 1 p.m. EST, and the open source code was posted online just before the start of the presentation. The new operating system brings a dramatically different look and perspective to the market and just may give Microsoft and OS X some tough competition by reinventing a tired old wheel -- the operating system -- offering the first laptop/desktop OS built around the browser and web applications. A Google engineer...
  • For those who want Windows 7 cheap and have a valid .edu email(windows for $30)

    10/23/2009 1:22:08 PM PDT · by aft_lizard · 45 replies · 1,673+ views
    The Ultimate Steal ^ | 10-23-2009 | me
    Thought I would bring an fyi to freeper students and educators who have a valid .edu address. Microsoft has a time limited offer for Windows 7 and MS Office. You can purchase Windows 7 Professional upgrade version for 29.99 and MS Office for 59.95. Some schools have a partnership deal with MS and some others don't with this you can purchase software at the price the partner schools receive it. This is a time limited offer though as it ends on Jan 3, 2010.
  • (Personal, Vanity) Looking for A Good Penguin

    05/23/2009 5:33:45 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 30 replies · 944+ views
    self ^ | 5-23-2009 | grey_whiskers
    This is a personal request, not an article. I'm looking for thoughts by FReepers who know what the hell they're talking about, not flamewars. I have a Mac (love it) and a Windows (XP, whatever the latest service pack is). Have the following questions. 1) I want to do backups of the Mac. What is a good website or source (explicit page reference!) to the Time Machine utility? 1a) Where can I find the logfile to see who is attempting to access my Mac? (The PC has several anti-virus products and firewalls on it already.) 2) I want to do...
  • Fed says plan now to avert inflation

    04/09/2009 4:53:59 PM PDT · by Flavius · 26 replies · 1,043+ views
    reuteurs ^ | 4/9/09 | By Ros Krasny
    TULSA, Oklahoma (Reuters) - The United States economy will skid more deeply into recession in coming months, Federal Reserve policy-makers warned on Thursday, but it is time to start planning how to wind down spending to avert an inflationary surge.
  • Microsoft offers hope for people who want to keep XP

    04/24/2008 8:44:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies · 107+ views
    www.physorg.com ^ | 04/24/2008 | By AOIFE WHITE
    Microsoft Corp. chief executive Steve Ballmer on Thursday offered a glimmer of hope to fans of the company's XP operating system, saying customer demand may see the company reconsider a decision to stop selling XP in June. But Ballmer was adamant that "most people who buy PCs today buy them with Vista." "That's the statistical truth," he told reporters at a press conference at Louvain-La-Neuve university. "If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter," he said. Fans of the six-year-old operating system set to be pulled off store shelves by June 30 have papered the Internet with blog...
  • Ubuntu (Linux) website revamped. (VANITY)

    08/19/2007 5:20:34 PM PDT · by papasmurf · 9 replies · 257+ views
    self ^ | 8/19/2007 | papasmurf
    I was looking for the latest releases for Ubuntu, and I found they have re-done their website, forums, and available software pages, too. As well, the available software page now boasts no less than 13 application software providers...from Alacos and IBM, to ruffdogs and Real...all guaranteed to "just work". BTW, Opera for Linux is now part of the standard Ubuntu distro package, and available for download.
  • 6 Months Later, a Report Card on Vista

    07/14/2007 9:42:44 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 45 replies · 844+ views
    Excite news ^ | 14 July 2007 | AP
    SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Pirillo leaned away from his webcam and pointed to his printer/scanner/fax machine, which stopped scanning and faxing after he installed Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows Vista operating system. "I can't live in Vista if the software that I use in my life for productivity does not work," said Pirillo, in the third minute of a 52-minute video he posted on YouTube.> Nearly six months after it launched, gripes over what doesn't work with Vista continue, eclipsing positive buzz over the program's improved desktop search, graphics and security. With Vista now shipping on most new computers, it's all...
  • Need help: problem installing Windows XP upgrade to a Windows ME machine

    05/06/2007 3:13:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies · 878+ views
    My bad self | May 6, 2007 | My bad self
    I need help on installing a Windows XP upgrade to a Windows ME machine. The computer is a Micron Systems IBM-compatible machine with 640.0 mb RAM and a 667 MHz CPU clock. I'm getting the following error after the Windows XP setup restarts the computer: A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps: Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly-installed hard drives or hard drive controllers....
  • Microsoft Canada leaks Vista pricing

    08/28/2006 3:01:32 PM PDT · by Panerai · 26 replies · 480+ views
    Cnet ^ | 08/28/2006 | Ina Fried
    Microsoft on Monday briefly posted pricing for Windows Vista on its Canadian Web site, giving an eye into what the company will charge for the new operating system. The posting indicates that the Home Basic edition of Windows Vista will be priced the same as Windows XP Home, at $233 ($259 Canadian). The Home Premium version, which includes support for Media Center and tablet PC abilities will sell for 13 percent higher rate, a price that translates to about $269 in American dollars. Microsoft quickly removed the price information, but blogger Ed Bott, who spotted the price list earlier Monday,...
  • Small town boy reboots Microsoft

    08/05/2006 10:39:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 707+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | August 6, 2006 | GC Shekhar
    He'd wanted to be the next Dhanraj Pillai, but the vista that destiny opened up for A Mahesh led to greener pastures in the world of technology. The 24-year-old from small town Tamil Nadu has created a software that will add considerable muscle to Vista, Microsoft's brand new operating system due for launch next year. In all probability, Vista will incorporate Mahesh's creation, which is an image browser, image editor, web browser, system tools and disk manager rolled into one. In fact, Microsoft has already validated and awarded the product BETA2 iBRO.NET a patent protection certificate. This means anyone may...
  • Microsoft: Set your systems for Vista

    05/18/2006 12:27:12 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 127 replies · 2,429+ views
    ZDnet ^ | May 18, 2006 | Ina Fried
    On Thursday, the company kicked off a campaign aimed at helping customers prepare for the new operating system, which is set for a mainstream launch in January. As expected, Microsoft gave details of two programs. The "Vista-capable" program allows machines that meet a minimum set of requirements to tout themselves as able to run the new Windows. Computer makers who meet higher requirements will be able to tout their machines as "Premium Ready," indicating the PCs are able to take advantage of higher-end features, such as Vista's Aero graphics. "There's really no reason to wait until the launch of Windows...
  • Viruses catch up to the Mac.

    05/01/2006 3:46:08 AM PDT · by butternut_squash_bisque · 117 replies · 1,756+ views
    CNN ^ | Sunday, April 30, 2006; Posted: 6:54 p.m. EDT (22:54 GMT) | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Benjamin Daines was browsing the Web when he clicked on a series of links that promised pictures of an unreleased update to his computer's operating system. Instead, a window opened on the screen and strange commands ran as if the machine was under the control of someone -- or something -- else. Daines was the victim of a computer virus.
  • Top 10 Windows XP Tips Of All Time

    04/22/2006 8:45:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 1,329+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Apr 21, | George Jones
    Despite all the hoopla about the introduction of Windows Vista, the truth of the matter is that the new OS isn't due for at least another seven to nine months — and it will probably be even longer before most of us start adopting it. Meanwhile, we've still got to deal with Win XP. In order to make the waiting easier, we've decided to assemble the greatest tips in the history of Windows XP. Here you'll find the tips that give you the most bang for your buck; that are most useful in terms of security, functionality, and PC performance;...
  • Microsoft: Vista won't get a backdoor

    03/04/2006 6:22:54 AM PST · by Panerai · 53 replies · 1,168+ views
    Cnet ^ | 03/03/2006 | By Joris Evers
    Windows Vista won't have a backdoor that could be used by police forces to get into encrypted files, Microsoft has stressed. In February, a BBC News story suggested that the British government was in discussions with Microsoft over backdoor access to the operating system. A backdoor is a method of bypassing normal authentication to gain access to a computer without to the PC user knowing. But Microsoft has now quelled the suggestion that law enforcement might get such access. "Microsoft has not and will not put 'backdoors' into Windows," a company representative said in a statement sent via e-mail. The...
  • VMware cuts VMware Server price to zero

    02/06/2006 6:16:23 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 13 replies · 604+ views
    NewsForge ^ | 03 February 2006 | Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier
    VMware is getting ready to follow up on its VMware Player with a free server product for Linux and Windows. On Monday, EMC subsidiary VMware will release a beta of VMware Server that it calls an "entry-level virtualization product" to partition x86 and x86-64 servers into multiple virtual machines. Unlike the VMware Player, which has limited features compared to the desktop-oriented VMware Workstation, VMware Server will be a full-featured product that is capable of creating virtual machines and includes monitoring features and support for Intel's Virtualization Technology (VT) and virtual SMP -- which allows the virtual machine to present multiple...
  • Google Pack provisions for the masses

    01/07/2006 1:05:43 AM PST · by twntaipan · 17 replies · 647+ views
    ZdNet ^ | Jan 6, 2006 | Dan Farber
    What is Google Pack besides free Windows software, with some promotional offers, that you could get from many places on the Web? A software distribution mechanism hooked into Google's infrastructure. Smart move. Google does software provisioning for the masses…for starters–OpenOffice may come soon to the Pack. Larry Page introduces the software and then Robin Williams comes on stage to entertain the crowd. From the Web site: Google Pack also takes the hassle out of downloading, installing, and updating software. You can download and install the entire Google Pack in just a few clicks. And the included Google Updater helps you...
  • How to install or reinstall Windows....Getting ready to install or reinstall Windows

    12/23/2005 1:58:08 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies · 561+ views
    viaarena.com/ ^ | 07 December 2005 | Fiona Gatt
    So you 've got yourself some new hardware and you're ready to roll huh? Or maybe years of surfing the net and adding odd software have finally taken their toll and you need to reinstall to get some stability and performance back? This guide covers how to install or reinstall Windows, with complete step by step advice covering pre-installation, BIOS, partitioning, formatting, installing and post-installation chores.*********************************Getting ready to install or reinstall WindowsThese instructions are applicable for all VIA chipset motherboards. All the screenshots are taken from an install of Windows XP but if you were installing an older version or...
  • FreeBSD 6.0 Released

    11/04/2005 3:30:08 PM PST · by Salo · 30 replies · 832+ views
    The FreeBSD Project ^ | 110405 | vanity
    4 November: FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE has been released. Please check the release errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 6.0. The Release Information page has more information about FreeBSD releases.
  • 'DVD Jon' Cracks Google Video Viewer a Day After Release

    07/02/2005 6:12:25 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 12 replies · 958+ views
    GeekInformed.com ^ | 30 JUNE 2005 | Ryan
    'DVD Jon' Cracks Google Video Viewer a Day After Release Contributed by Ryan    Thursday, 30 June 2005 The Norwegian programmer - famous for cracking the copy protection on DVDs - modified Google's Video Viewer and made the code available only a day after the search giant released the product to the public. On Monday, Google announced the availability of their Video Viewer software as a component of their new Web-based video search service.  The video search allows users to enter keywords and find results from a database of videos from numerous sources.  Consumers must use Google's Video Viewer...
  • Microsoft security just a myth?

    06/21/2005 4:48:45 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 4 replies · 769+ views
    PTI ^ | TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2005 04:17:14 PM | PTI
    NEW DELHI: Breaching the much touted "impenetrable" Window Genuine Advantage (WGA) of Microsoft, an Indian researcher has shown the global software leader how fragile its claims were. With a potential to hurt Microsoft's business across the world, Debasis Mohanty has broke open WGA through an "easy-to-exploit" weakness in the software for generating illegal copies of Window XP programme. Microsoft confirmed the claims of the Bangalore-based rsearcher Debasis Mohanty but sought to downplay it saying "it represents very little threat." A company spokesperson said they did expect counterfeiters to try a number of different methods to circumvent safeguards provided by WGA....
  • Windows XP - For FReeper Binary Edification (Or just some things you probably didn't know.)

    05/15/2005 9:16:57 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 19 replies · 1,977+ views
    Me ^ | 15 MAY 2005 | Me
    Here you go, some interesting things on Windows XP that may be of use to you. Windows XP Hidden Applications To run any of these applications, click Start --> Run and type the executable name, for example: charmap 1. Character Map = charmap.exe (very useful for finding unusual characters) 2. Disk Cleanup = cleanmgr.exe 3. Clipboard Viewer = clipbrd.exe (views contents of Windows clipboard) 4. Dr Watson = drwtsn32.exe (Troubleshooting tool) 5. DirectX diagnosis = dxdiag.exe (Diagnose & test DirectX, video & sound cards) 6. Private character editor = eudcedit.exe (allows creation or modification of characters) 7. IExpress Wizard =...
  • It's Windows vs. Windows as Microsoft battles piracy

    02/06/2005 9:32:57 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 48 replies · 1,329+ views
    In an effort to boost sales of Windows, Microsoft has its sights set on its nearest competitor. But it's not Linux. And sorry, Apple Computer fans, it's not the Mac. The biggest rival to Windows sales is Windows itself--or rather pirated copies of the OS. And Microsoft is starting to put its foot down.n its most serious bid yet to reap revenue from those who've been getting Windows without payment to Microsoft, the company plans to require computer ownersto verify that their copy of Windows is properly licensed before allowing them to download software from Microsoft's site. By mid-year, the...
  • Microsoft to release bumper Windows patch

    02/04/2005 2:52:10 AM PST · by bd476 · 22 replies · 1,071+ views
    Silicon.com ^ | February 4, 2005 | Karen Said
    Microsoft to release bumper Windows patch February 04 2005 by Karen Said February's release to fix 'critical' flaws... "A bumper crop of Microsoft patches will be released next week, including nine fixes for Windows flaws. At least one of the updates for the Windows operating system is rated "critical", its highest rating, Microsoft said on Thursday in a posting to its TechNet site. The forewarning is part of the company's programme to give regular computer users notice of monthly security bulletins before the patches themselves are released. There will be 13 updates in total, Microsoft said. That includes a critical...
  • Microsoft To Release 13 Patches Next Week

    02/03/2005 1:53:24 PM PST · by Eagle9 · 62 replies · 1,679+ views
    TechWeb ^ | February 3, 2005 | TechWeb News
    Microsoft on Thursday gave early warning that next week's monthly dose of security bulletins and patches will be among its biggest ever. According to the Advance Notification service, which pre-announces upcoming patches but limits the information disclosed, next Tuesday's roundup will include 13 security bulletins, at least three of which will be marked "Critical," the Redmond, Wash.-based developer's most dire warning. Nine of the bulletins affect Microsoft Windows. That's a much-higher-than-normal number, and three times what the company published in January. Other patches will be published to fix bugs in SharePoint Services, Microsoft Office, the .Net Framework, Visual Studio, Windows...
  • THE DEMOCRATIC VIRTUAL MACHINE OF TEXAS

    09/16/2004 11:28:44 AM PDT · by PretzeLogic · 39 replies · 7,964+ views
    Various | September 16, 2004 | PretzeLogic
    SOMEWHERE BEHIND THE LINES, TEXAS - The Cast of the Rather-Gate scandal are connected in a stunningly simple way. The Travis County [, Texas] Democratic Party, Dan Rather, Robin Rather, Ben Barnes, James C. Moore, Bill Burkett, and others used the machinery of Autin4Kerry.org, OnlineJournal.com, GreaterDemocracy.org, and CBS 60 Minutes to publicize allegations supported by fraudulent documents. Some cable news pundants hope that Dan Rather was conned by a devious but well meaning Bush-hater. Others theorize that CBS was duped by Karl Rove who may have planted the fake documents in a way that Dan Rather could find them and...
  • New Book Slams Linux, Torvalds

    05/18/2004 1:25:16 PM PDT · by decimon · 156 replies · 237+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May, 18 2004 | Jay Wrolstad
    A study challenging the origins of Linux states that the open-source software frequently is taken or adapted from material owned by other companies and individuals. It also directly questions Linus Torvalds (news - web sites)' claim to be the inventor of Linux. The information is contained in a book by Kenneth Brown, president the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution. Portions of the book will be released later this week. Brown conducted a comprehensive study on the source of open-source code, tracing the free-software movement over three decades, including interviews with some two-dozen principal developers of Linux, according to Gregory Fossedal, a...
  • Reliance on Microsoft called risk to U.S. security

    09/24/2003 5:13:32 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies · 247+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/24/2003 | Unattributed
    SEATTLE, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Computer security experts issued a joint report on Wednesday saying that the ubiquitous reach of Microsoft Corp.'s software on desktops worldwide has made computer networks a national security risk susceptible to "massive, cascading failures." The report, unveiled at the Computer & Communications Industry Association's meeting of industry leaders and government officials in Washington, D.C., saying that Microsoft is now the number one target for malicious computer virus writers. The report's authors told CCIA -- which is funded by Microsoft rivals -- that the software's complexity has made it particularly vulnerable to attacks. So far this...
  • Asia looks to Linux - Move may help the Windows rival

    09/20/2003 8:59:06 PM PDT · by yonif · 11 replies · 286+ views
    News Observer ^ | Saturday, September 20, 2003 12:00AM EDT | YURI KAGEYAMA, The Associated Press
    TOKYO -- The threat to Microsoft from the free Linux operating system could intensify with the help of a powerful Asian triumvirate: Japan and South Korea are prodding China to join an effort that promotes alternatives to Windows. Japan has earmarked $8.6 million for the project and will hold a meeting in November for the three governments to strengthen research in Linux, including versions that better handle Asian languages. Like some European countries, Japan, South Korea and China have long been wary of leaving too many government computers and networks dependent on Windows. Many experts see Windows as too prone...
  • Perens: IT pros must lobby for open-source

    08/27/2003 9:22:19 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 16 replies · 196+ views
    Search Enterprise Linux ^ | August 26, 2K3 | Jan Stafford
    Perens: IT pros must lobby for open-source By Jan Stafford, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com Site Editor 26 Aug 2003, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com IT pros, do you want open-source software (OSS) developer Bruce Perens to lose his house and car? If not, then speak up! Perens believes that IT managers have the clout to make their vendors help protect open-source software and its developers. As an open-source pioneer, Perens wrote the opening salvo in the OSS movement: "The Open Source Definition." He has created and worked on many open-source advocacy teams, including Open Source Initiative, the Linux Standard Base, Software in the Public Interest Inc., and...
  • The Nigerian SCO Connection [Linux/Spam Amusement Alert]

    08/17/2003 7:36:00 AM PDT · by Eala · 14 replies · 490+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 8/17/2003 | Ars Technica
    DEAR SIR/MADAM: I AM MR. DARL MCBRIDE CURRENTLY SERVING AS THE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE SCO GROUP, FORMERLY KNOWN AS CALDERA SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, IN LINDON, UTAH, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. I KNOW THIS LETTER MIGHT SURPRISE YOUR BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD NO PREVIOUS COMMUNICATIONS OR BUSINESS DEALINGS BEFORE NOW. MY ASSOCIATES HAVE RECENTLY MADE CLAIM TO COMPUTER SOFTWARES WORTH AN ESTIMATED $1 BILLION U.S. DOLLARS. I AM WRITING TO YOU IN CONFIDENCE BECAUSE WE URGENTLY REQUIRE YOUR ASSISTANCE TO OBTAIN THESE FUNDS. IN THE EARLY 1970S THE AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH CORPORATION DEVELOPED AT GREAT EXPENSE THE...
  • Microsoft's plans cloudy for server OS [Longhorn, the next release of Windows]

    08/04/2003 5:13:20 AM PDT · by yonif · 48 replies · 310+ views
    CNET News.com ^ | August 4, 2003, 4:00 AM PT | Ina Fried
    Microsoft has laid plans for a server version of Longhorn, the next release of Windows. But it remains unclear what the software will include and when it will debut. The software giant has said relatively little about Longhorn--the next desktop version of the Windows operating system--and even less about the server version. All Microsoft will confirm is that a server version is indeed back in the company's product plans. The desktop version of Longhorn has been described by company executives as revolutionary and even as a "bet-the-company" proposition. Microsoft will also link the shipment of new versions of Office, server...
  • Unix users warned on SCO legal action

    07/29/2003 5:13:22 AM PDT · by yonif · 10 replies · 174+ views
    Vnunet ^ | 29-07-2003 | Robert Jaques
    The SCO lawsuit against IBM for Unix copyright infringement "is not going away", industry experts have warned. Enterprise Unix customers must immediately review their software licence indemnity clauses to see whether they are at risk, according to an advisory issued by analysts the Yankee Group. "Corporations should take nothing for granted. Review the indemnity clauses in all software contracts, particularly IBM's," the analyst said. "Contact IBM or the reseller directly to determine whether you are covered and to what extent." The Yankee Group went on to warn that many software vendors have a cap on liability coverage and urged IBM...
  • Most Unsecure OS? Yep -- it is Linux!

    01/13/2003 7:45:29 AM PST · by ImaGraftedBranch · 37 replies · 367+ views
    www.wininformant.com ^ | 1/13/03 | Paul Thurott
    November 26, 2002  | Paul ThurrottMost Unsecure OS? Yep, It's Linux According to a new Aberdeen Group report, open-source solution Linux has surpassed Windows as the most vulnerable OS, contrary to the high-profile press Microsoft's security woes receive. Furthermore, the Aberdeen Group reports that more than 50 percent of all security advisories that CERT issued in the first 10 months of 2002 were for Linux and other open-source software solutions. The report muddles the argument that proprietary software such as Windows is inherently less secure than open solutions. And here's another blow to the status quo: Proprietary UNIX solutions were responsible...
  • Linux vs. Windows: The Rematch

    10/01/2002 1:05:54 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 95 replies · 555+ views
    PC World ^ | 1 October, 2002 | Scott Spanbauer
    Can a frustrated Windows user dump Microsoft? Even with lots of improvements, Linux is still no cakewalk. Scott Spanbauer From the November 2002 issue of PC World magazinePosted Tuesday, October 01, 2002 You might be pretty happy with Windows XP. But Windows continues to suffer from more than its share of drawbacks: From the newer operating system's incompatibility with older software to Microsoft's well-known security problems, Windows still engenders a fair amount of user aggravation. Windows XP also subjects its users to the indignity of the Microsoft Product Activation service: You might have to ask Microsoft for a new key...
  • Creationist Site Says: "Mac Users, You Are Godless Communists!"

    04/23/2002 7:45:18 PM PDT · by ppaul · 82 replies · 1,071+ views
    TheMacObserver ^ | 4/23/02 | Raena Armitage
    Repent, sinners. Your Macintosh is a tool to promote Godless Communism and anti-Creationist "propaganda", according to an article at OBJECTIVE: Christian Ministries. Dr. Richard Paley, apparently "a teacher of Divinity and Theobiology at Fellowship University," starts out with discussions of the PBS series Evolution and Pokemon, and goes on to say: However, these propagandists aren't just targeting the young. Take for example Apple Computers, makers of the popular Macintosh line of computers. The real operating system hiding under the newest version of the Macintosh operating system (MacOS X) is called... Darwin! That's right, new Macs are based on Darwinism! While...