Linux, Open Source, & anti Microsoft news

Jan 2018
15

City of Barcelona moving away from proprietary software

The City of Barcelona is migrating its computer systems away from the Windows platform, so reports the Spanish newspaper El País. The City’s strategy is first to replace all user applications with open-source alternatives, until the underlying Windows operating system is the only proprietary software remaining. In a final step, the operating system will be replaced with Linux.

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Jan 2018
11

Windows 10 Essential Updates Have Serious Problems

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… The carnage caused by the Meltdown and Spectre bugs has hit a new victim: Windows 10 users. The irony, however, is it isn’t the dangerous vulnerabilities themselves which are causing the problems, but rather the fixes Microsoft has issued in an attempt to patch them.

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Jan 2018
08

It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer bricks some AMD PCs

Microsoft’s fix for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs may be crocking AMD-powered PCs. A lengthy thread on answers.microsoft.com records numerous instances in which Security Update for Windows KB4056892, Redmond’s Meltdown/Spectre patch, leaves some AMD-powered PCs with the Windows startup logo and not much more.

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Jan 2018
03

Amazon has quietly released a game-changer for its cloud: Linux software that runs on corporate servers

Amazon’s cloud business quietly just took a big step outside the cloud. Last month, soon after Amazon Web Service’s giant tech conference, the company started offering its enterprise customers a new version of the Linux operating system it calls Linux 2. The new product marks a departure for the cloud computing juggernaut — it’s software that can be installed on customers’ own servers rather than run from Amazon’s data centers.

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Dec 2017
18

Microsoft’s Edge browser is in serious trouble

Microsoft’s Edge browser is less popular with Windows 10 users than earlier thought, if revised data from a U.S. analytics vendor can be believed. According to Net Applications of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Edge has been designated the primary browser by fewer than one in six Windows 10 users for more than a year and a half. That’s a significant downgrading of Edge’s user share statistics from the browser’s portrayal before this month.

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Nov 2017
29

Linux for the Industry 4.0 era: New distro for factory automation

NXP Semiconductors, a world leader in secure connectivity solutions, just announced a Linux distribution that is intended to support factory automation. It’s called Open Industrial Linux (OpenIL), and it’s promising true industrial-grade security based on trusted computing, hardened software, cryptographic operations and end-to-end security.

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