Linux, Open Source, & anti Microsoft news

The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.


Beware Microsoft Office! Software contains dangerous bug that could let hackers take over your computer

 
In an official advisory notice, Microsoft said it is ‘aware of a vulnerability affecting all supported releases of Microsoft Windows.  ‘The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Office file that contains an OLE object.’
Oct 2014
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Mozilla wants Firefox OS to have a feed on Raspberry Pi

 
Mozilla is angling for Firefox OS to have a place alongside Raspbian as a tool for teaching and bringing web programming to robotics and drones. 
Oct 2014
28

China Orders Replacement of Microsoft's Operating System On Government Computers

 
China will replace Microsoft Corp’s Windows operating system on government computers with domestic products, reported Jinghua.cn, a Beijing-based newspaper controlled by the government mouthpiece, People’s Daily.
Oct 2014
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A victory for free software over the "Microsoft tax"

 
The Italian Supreme Court (Corte di Cassazione) issued a judgment1 that bans the "Microsoft tax," a commercial practice that discourages users from converting their PCs to GNU/Linux or other free operating systems by forcing them to pay for a Windows license with their PCs. PC producers in Italy now cannot refuse to refund the price of the license to purchasers that will not run Windows.
Oct 2014
27

Steam for Linux tops 700 games as big-name games increasingly call it home

 
Linux support is becoming more common in the gaming world. Beyond Steam, rival PC storefront GOG recently rolled out Linux support. Thanks to SteamOS’s open architecture, games from GOG could be installed directly on a Steam machine.
Oct 2014
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Netflix comes to Linux via Ubuntu and Chrome

 
 Ubuntu Linux users no longer need to employ arcane workarounds to watch Netflix on their computers.  Instead, they can just head to Netflix’s website through Google’s Chrome browser to start streaming. Netflix is supported in Chrome 37, which runs on up-to-date Ubuntu installations of 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS or later. 
Oct 2014
24

DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

 
Hackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Windows using malicious PowerPoint documents, Microsoft and security firms warn.  An advisory from Microsoft warns that the as-yet-unpatched flaw is present in all supported versions of Windows except Windows Server 2003 and has already been abused in "limited, targeted attacks".
Oct 2014
23

Academics worry over Microsoft's Silicon Valley research lab closing

 
Microsoft's abrupt closing of the Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley last month have some researchers worried about the company's commitment to theoretical research.
Oct 2014
23

Microsoft to discontinue free Xbox Music streaming

 
Microsoft is withdrawing free streaming on Xbox Music from Dec. 1, citing the need to focus on its music purchase and subscription service.  The company is offering a free 30-day trial for users wanting to move to the paid service.
Oct 2014
23

Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

 
"Microsoft loves Linux" is generally not something one expects to hear, but that was one of the messages that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered at a San Francisco media event touting Redmond's cloud offerings on Monday.  According to Nadella, 20 per cent of Microsoft's Azure cloud is already Linux and the software giant plans to always have first-class support for Linux distributions in its public cloud offerings.
Oct 2014
21

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