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The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation (LF) nowadays helps Microsoft cement its monopoly — the very opposite of what ages ago it said the LF would do
It happens all the time, to the largest of companies. An important certificate doesn't get renewed, and services become inaccessible. It happened to Microsoft Teams in early February 2020, awkwardly timed just after the launch of a major television campaign promoting it as a Slack competitor. Embarrassing as that may be, it's sure to happen to someone else in the future.
There's a lot to be learned from open source projects. After all, managing hundreds of disparate, asynchronous commits and bugs doesn't happen by accident. Someone or something has to coordinate releases, and keep all the code and project roadmaps organized. It's a lot like life. You have lots of tasks demanding your attention, and you have to tend to each in turn. To ensure everything gets done before its deadline, you try to stay organized and focused.
Used by system administrators on a daily basis, the ping command, relying on the ICMP protocol, retrieves operational information about remote hosts.
However, pinging hosts is not always sufficient : you may need to ping a specific port on your server. This specific port might be related to a database, or to an Apache web server or even to a proxy server on your network.
The death of Windows 7 was seen by many as a major opportunity for the Linux world to gain new users, especially as many of the devices where Microsoft’s 2009 operating system was installed were running on old hardware.
The “OS war” may be over (Linux — typically with GNU — as de facto standard in most technical sectors including Microsoft's), so the war on this inevitable paradigm change has shifted to licensing and GitHub is a major attack vector
In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look ProtonVPN apps going open, Microsoft's code analysis tool, Mozilla Thunderbird's new home, and more!
ProtonVPN apps go open source
People wanting to use the internet securely and privately do the deed using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). But which VPNs can you really trust? The company behind the popular ProtonVPN service made a big move to gain that trust by releasing the source code for all its apps.
Microsoft’s decades-long modus operandi has been forgotten by far too many (possibly unknown to the younger generation); it’s worth reminding ourselves how it works
Scheduled for summer 2020. Zorin, which provides a Linux distro designed to look familiar for migrating Windows and Mac users, has announced a subscription-based management tool for Linux desktops.…
'Its life doesn't have to end!'. More than 10 years on from its campaign to persuade users to dump Windows 7 for a non-proprietary alternative, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has kicked off a petition to urge Microsoft to open-source the recently snuffed software.…
We continue to see additional evidence which serves towards reinforcing our view that the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is actually hostile towards many things that are associated with Linux (unlike those looking to exploit/hijack Linux for proprietary ends)
When it comes to prediction for Linux and open source in 2020, there are already a lot to take in to consider that 2020 will be a very eventful year in the open source community. 2020 already looks like a year with so much to offer already, so, I will quickly run through what the predictions are for the year. Here are my top 7 predictions.
An example configuration for running Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Microsoft Azure.
Thomas Grzybowski’s explanation of why GitHub poses a risk to software freedom and what can be done about it
Microsoft keeps buying ad space in magazines, compromising their integrity and tarnishing brands such as "Linux" (making it look like merely a component available with Vista 10)
Windows 7 is down to its last days. If you don't care for Windows 10, it's time to consider running Linux Mint instead.
Mono is a platform for developing and running cross-platform applications based on the ECMA/ISO Standards. It is a free and open-source implementation of Microsoft's .NET framework. This tutorial explains how to install Mono on Ubuntu 18.04.
If you don't want to upgrade from Windows 7 or are sick of Windows 10, here's how to finally make the switch to Linux and install apps.
Windows 7 was released a decade ago, but its term has come to an end. Learn more about why you should migrate from Windows 7 to Linux and how to do it.
A decade later, has LibreOffice succeeded? With business still hooked on Microsoft Office, not really
The LibreOffice team is testing the first release candidate of version 6.4, which is set for release at the end of January.…
The media mostly stopped talking about Bill Gates using Jeffrey Epstein as his 'mule' (passing millions of dollars to MIT) the moment the police was contacted for all the information pertaining to pedophilia at his home; shortly afterwards Richard Stallman was ejected from MIT (forced resignation)
Ubuntu Releases User Survey, Ubuntu Cinnamon, Microsoft Teams Out For Linux, Canonical Sponsors WSL Conference?, Upstream Graphics Too Little Too Late, Type Knight
Lightweight Linux VMs for all. So long as Ubuntu is your thing. Canonical is preparing some festive fun for developers with a major release of its lightweight VM manager, Multipass.…
Plus: Insiders yanked from their rings. Microsoft has decided that the Calls feature of its Android-bothering Your Phone app is ready to be unleashed upon the wider world.…
OpenChain Specification/OpenChain Project and Automated Compliance Tooling (ACT) are yet more examples -- the latest of many -- of the Linux Foundation being outsourced to Microsoft, not only for code but also documentation and hosting
Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system, announced that they will be an official sponsor of Microsoft's first-ever Linux Conference for WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux).
Microsoft Teams client is now officially available for Linux users.
Popular to-do app dies in May. And here’s a worse version...
Three months after its former CEO pleaded with Microsoft to sell him back Wunderlist, the software giant has confirmed the worst: it really is killing the popular to-do app.…
The Windows Subsystem for Linux, or WSL, is a feature bundled in Windows 10 that allows users to run Linux on top of Microsoft’s operating system.
Canonical is putting more resources into the Linux desktop and that includes making Ubuntu better on the Windows desktop.
Microsoft and its boosters (and media partners) haven’t grown tired of spreading falsehoods to stigmatise and take control of GNU/Linux by creating their own versions and traps for it
The Winux Foundation: One can leverage the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine to better understand how, over time, the Foundation called “Linux” deviated or diverged away from its mission statement for the sole purpose of raising corporate funds and selling influence to corporations (passing the community’s hard work to them — a form of tacit privatisation)
The people who develop WSL (mostly Microsoft employees) get easily irritated when asked how many people actually use this thing; but more interestingly, however, they reveal their disdain for GNU/Linux and support for Microsoft blackmail (for 'Linux patent tax')
The clock is ticking for Windows 7, as Microsoft is projected to stop servicing this OS version on January 14.
But at the same time, Linux continues to be a worthy alternative.
Latest preview will also 'crash less'! Hooray!
A fresh preview of Microsoft's open-sourced Windows Terminal landed overnight with a couple of standout features to make the app a handy addition to the toolkit of Windows 10 shell-botherers.…
Microsoft entryism, aided by misleading media (the whole "loves Linux" canard), has been spectacularly successful; while nobody paid attention Microsoft was put in charge of the kernel used on billions of computers
Microsoft’s actions — not words — suggest an ongoing effort to extinguish GNU/Linux, not to “embrace” or to “love” it
IBM has long cross-licensed with Microsoft. This means they won’t sue one another over patents. Good for them, eh? Shared monopoly. No wonder Red Hat nowadays promotes Microsoft things almost every day. Now that IBM owns Red Hat (and all of its patents) IBM won’t care about Microsoft’s ongoing — even in 2019 — blackmail of OEMs that ship GNU/Linux.
Together, they'll support Unified Patents' Open Source Zone. This move will deter patent trolls from suing for fear they'll find their patents annulled.
PinePhone Pre-Orders, AMD Announces Latest Threadripper & Ryzen CPUs, openSUSE on Name Change, Ubuntu, elementary OS, Steam Containers / Cloud Gaming, Microsoft Edge, Google Stadia, Chrome OS, & more
Edge wasn't even popular on Windows—adding Linux support is a curious move.
Microsoft understands that by entrapping FOSS and GNU/Linux inside proprietary software platforms like GitHub and Azure it can utilise the false perception that it somehow speaks on behalf of both (whilst attacking both)
Microsoft has confirmed during its Ignite 2019 conference that the forthcoming Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge web browser will also be available on the Linux platform.
I got this question on one of the Q&A sites. On the site, I also respond to this question that was asked of me. This time I want to discuss it in this post. So how do I respond to this question?
LXer Feature: 1-Nov-2019
I was recently given a laptop that came with Windows 10 on it and wanted to install Linux over it because well. Windows sucks.
I recently listened to an interesting interview on Linux for everyone. Host Jason Evangelho interviewed Christopher Scott, senior premier field engineer (open source) at Microsoft. Christopher is a Linux advocate who has a unique perspective as an avid Linux user who works for Microsoft.
Microsoft’s Android apps are getting more and more popular, and today the company’s very own “Link to Windows” tool published in the Google Play Store conquered the leading place in the Top Free rankings.
In this edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at a machine learning tool from Netflix, Microsoft's election software bug bounty, a cost-effective microscope built with Raspberry Pi, and more!
Commands in (conditional) Chains – the latest Seattle rock sensation?
Preview 5 of Microsoft's PowerShell 7 dropped last night, which means that final release is lumbering ever closer.…
Users will be able to buy own licences and administrators cannot prevent it. Microsoft will allow "self-service purchase and license management capabilities" for Office 365 users, initially for its Power Platform low-code services, PowerApps, PowerBI and Flow.…
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