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Microsoft is Playing Dirty Again

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  • Windows 10 Tries to Push Firefox and Chrome Over the Edge

    Windows 10 now “warns” you not to install Chrome or Firefox when you download them. It’s just one of the many annoying ways Microsoft pushes Edge, which only has 4% market share despite Microsoft’s increasing desperation.

    Microsoft will probably start using this “app recommendations” feature to push other apps in the future, too. Imagine Windows warning you not to install LibreOffice because you could pay for Office 365 instead.

  • Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

    Microsoft really wants you to use Edge in the latest Windows Insider builds, and the software giant is not afraid to let you know it.

    Windows Insider Sean Hoffman took to Twitter last night to express his displeasure at a pop-up shown by Windows 10 when he attempted to install an alternative browser. When he ran the Firefox installer, a pop-up showed up suggesting perhaps he'd like to stick with Edge. It is safer and faster, after all (according to Microsoft).

    Hoffman, running build 17744.1004, the current slow ring version of the next release of Windows 10, pulled no punches in his reaction.

Openwashing iPhone With "HeadGaze" and Microsoft Openwashing Itself

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Openwashing and FUD

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GNU/Linux With Windows

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  • Dual boot issues and the Black Screen of Death

    As is the case for many open source enthusiasts, I am the go-to person in my family for solving PC issues. I enjoy messing with computers and solving technical challenges. Over the last few weeks, I had a lot of Windows encounters.

    [...]

    There are a lot of (older) discussions on the internet about Linux driver issues. From my experience over the last few years, I only encountered such issues in the area of Broadcom WiFi and Bluetooth drivers. Everything else was always detected without a problem. This recent experience showed me that on the Windows side, these issues are still around. People who buy a PC with Windows 10 pre-installed, will never encounter these issues, as they are handled by the OEMs. But if you upgrade such a PC to a newer version of Windows, you might run into them. For people that are less technical (and scared of the Windows Command prompt), this is something they simply will not be able to resolve themselves. On openSUSE Leap, there are no Intel HD Graphics issues (and I tested 13.2, 42.1, 42.2, 42.3 and 15). So the grass is definitely greener on the openSUSE side.

  • 4 Ways to Run Linux Commands and Software on Windows

    So, all the times we have written about platform applications for another platform, it was with regards to the availability of Windows software for the Linux platform.

    What if you want to run Linux software on Windows? Afterall, there are certain features that are peculiar to Linux and sometimes, Unix-like platforms.

  • How to install Linux Mint 19 alongside Windows

    Windows can stay on your computer, when you install Linux Mint 19! It's handy to turn your computer into a dual boot machine. That way you can choose each time you turn on your computer, what operating system you want to boot: Mint or Windows.

The Latest FOSS FUD

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  • No lasers or Linux hacks, but Better Call Saul remains one of TV’s techiest shows [Ed: Conde Nast throws terms like "Linux hacks" into headlines that have nothing to do with Linux. Knowing that many people associate "hacks" with malice...]
  • Open Source Components Save Time but Need to be Closely Monitored [Ed: Proprietary software also needs to be closely monitored, but I understand that some rather parasitic firms -- some connected closely to Microsoft -- create a stigma to sell their blobs. Zev Brodsky from WhiteSource, which works with Microsoft, is attacking FOSS here, as usual.]
  • Opening Doors to Collaboration with Open Source Projects [Ed: Here we have the Linux Foundation once again propping up Microsoft; this is the company currently investigated by DoJ for corruption and bribery. If the Linux Foundation was a wild animal, it would not survive very long. It’s putting its head inside the lion’s mouth, expecting the lion to lick it instead of biting it. Or maybe the Linux Foundation no longer pursues the success of Linux but instead just wants to get as much money and influence as possible...]

What Linux does better than Windows

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Linux-based operating systems are free alternatives to Microsoft Windows and MacOS, which ships with Apple computers.

While Linux technically only refers to the kernel, the core program of an operating system, it is often used as shorthand for any operating system that uses Linux.

However, for a fully functioning computer several other programs are required in addition to the kernel. GNU is a major source of such programs for Linux-based systems.

Aside from the cost, openness, and freedom, which are often covered in comparisons like these, there are a few practical places where Linux operating systems shine in comparison to their premium-rated counterparts.

You will also find many articles talking about the improved security and privacy you can have by running a Linux distribution. Those are important issues, but for the purposes of this one we will focus on user experience features.

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US probe into Microsoft bribery and corruption

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The US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission have launched an investigation into Microsoft over possible bribery and corruption in connection with software sales in Hungary.

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Microsoft Investigated For Alleged Bribery and Corruption in Hungary

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U.S. Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Microsoft for possible bribery and corruption in its pursuit of software sales in Hungary, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

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Proprietary OS as an 'App'

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  • Windows 95 Is Now Available on Linux, Mac, and Windows as an Electron App

    If you want to have some fun this coming weekend pranking your colleagues or friends, there's now an Electron app with Microsoft's Windows 95 operating system that you can run on Linux, Mac, or even Windows computers.

    Yes, you're reading it right, someone just packed the very old Windows 95 operating system in an Electron app, which can be installed on any platform thanks to GitHub's open-source framework for building and distributing universal binaries on Windows, Linux, and Mac systems.

    According to developer Felix Rieseberg, you'll get the full Windows 95 experience after installing and running his new Electron app, no matter what operating system you're currently using. The Windows 95 Electron app has a little over 100MB in size and it works quite well even though was meant as a joke.

  • Download Windows 95 as a Windows, Mac, or Linux App, Because You Can

    Miss the mid 90s? Me neither, but Windows 95 still gives me a good feeling. You can download it right now if you want.

  • Run Windows 95 on Your Desktop as an Electron App

    Fancy running Windows 95 on your Ubuntu, macOS or Windows 10 desktop? Of course you don’t, but for some bizarre reason you now can. A developer by the name of Felix Rieseberg has resurrected Microsoft’s ancient OS using the power of Electron, a cross-platform app development framework.

You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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Microsoft’s desire to move users into the exciting world of Office 365 subscriptions has been dealt a blow as the Israeli government took a look and said “no thanks.”

In a statement given to The Register, the Israeli Ministry of Finance explained that it currently spends more than 100m Israel New Shekels (£21.3m) per year on Microsoft’s software products.

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