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Don't Expect Much from Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu, Windows Version Is Terrible

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The Intel Compute Stick sounds great on paper, and it's also shipping with Ubuntu, but you shouldn't really get your hopes up. The Windows version is not all that great, and it's quite possible that the Ubuntu edition is not up to par either.

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Microsoft cutting up to 7,800 jobs

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One year after announcing a massive round of job cuts impacting 18,000 employees, Microsoft is wielding the ax again.

In a statement released Wednesday, Microsoft said it will slash up to 7,800 additional jobs. Most of the cuts are connected to the company's phone business.

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EU court to decide on PC and software bundling

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) is expected to rule within weeks on the practice of forced sale of licences for operating systems and other software bundled with computing devices. On 25 June, France’s Court of cassation referred to the CJEU a complaint of a French citizen who wanted to purchase a PC without any pre-installed operating system.

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Windows vs. Linux: the channel comparison

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Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, yet they both deserve to exist in this diverse desktop OS ecosystem. So this Windows vs. Linux post is going to be a little different. I will compare and contrast the technological aspects of the two operating systems, whilst also discussing channel opportunities.

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Also: Latest Windows 10 Build Has Some Cool Linux Features

The 1TB UbuTab Tablet with Ubuntu and Windows Scam Is Unfolding

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The UbuTab is a tablet that was supposed to ship with either Windows or Ubuntu, and had some pretty sweet hardware specs, including 1TB of storage space. As some of the users have suspected in the first place, this is very close to being confirmed as a scam.

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Watch: Ubuntu 15.04 Running on Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Tablet

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It has just been brought to our attention that there's a video on YouTube where a guy shows us how easy (or hard) it is to install the Ubuntu 15.04 distribution on Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 laptop.

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OS Security: Windows and Linux/UNIX

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For those new to Linux/UNIX command line interfaces, there are lots of Internet sources that provide cheat sheets for the most common commands you'll need to navigate and perform actions. Here's another option we like because it's particularly handy.

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Microsoft announces its next upcoming failure: Cortana for Android and iOS

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So, again, I ask "Why is Microsoft bothering?" The answer is probably as simple as an attempt to gain some traction in the mobile world. Microsoft continues to struggle mightily in the mobile world. This move could well be their last ditch effort to make some noise. And with the upcoming release of Windows 10, it makes perfect sense.

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Linux Mint window customization options outshine Windows

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Whenever I'm not at home, I'm taking my ThinkPad laptop with me hat I installed Linux Mint on. While I could run a flavor of Windows on the device as well, I made the deliberate decision to install Linux on the device to discover what it has to offer.

I discovered the window customization settings recently on the system and have to admit that I wish that Windows would offer similar options. While it is certainly possible to use third-party programs for that on Windows, at least for some functionality, there is nothing comparable when it comes to native Windows customization options.

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Open Source History: What if GNU and Linux Had Cloned MS-DOS, Not Unix?

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First, let's run through what actually happened. When Richard Stallman started the GNU project in 1984, he intended from the beginning to write a clone of the Unix operating system. He explicitly rejected the notion that GNU might instead aim to copy an operating system like MS-DOS. As he wrote in the February 1986 GNU newsletter, platforms like DOS, although "more widely used" than Unix, were "very weak systems, designed for tiny machines."

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  • Lightweight Sub-CAs in FreeIPA 4.4
    Last year FreeIPA 4.2 brought us some great new certificate management features, including custom certificate profiles and user certificates. The upcoming FreeIPA 4.4 release builds upon this groundwork and introduces lightweight sub-CAs, a feature that lets admins to mint new CAs under the main FreeIPA CA and allows certificates for different purposes to be issued in different certificate domains. In this post I will review the use cases and demonstrate the process of creating, managing and issuing certificates from sub-CAs. (A follow-up post will detail some of the mechanisms that operate behind the scenes to make the feature work.)
  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.200.2.0
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Leftovers: Debian

  • Debian LGBTIQA+
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    This particular week has been tiresome as I did catch a cold ;). I did come back from Cape Town where debconf taking place. My arrival at Montreal was in the middle of the week, so this week is not plenty of news…
  • Debian on Jetson TK1
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