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Microsoft's “embrace, extend, extinguish”

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What's the Game or App That Would Convince You to Drop Windows?

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One of the reasons some users are not dropping Windows right now and adopting Linux is because of a particular game they love and play. So, what is the game that's keeping you from switching to Linux and total freedom?

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Also: Microsoft’s Linux OS & Open Source Cred

Keeping your Linux system safe

No, XFS won’t steal your money

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That handy link & footnote leads us to Wikipedia, which explains that “XFS middleware” refers to CEN/XFS, which is not in any way related to the XFS filesystem, or Linux, and is in fact Microsoft specific:

CEN/XFS or XFS (eXtensions for Financial Services) provides a client-server architecture for financial applications on the Microsoft Windows platform.

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Worried about Windows 10 privacy? Use Linux

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Luckily, Windows is not the only game in town, folks. Actually, there are many wonderful operating systems available to you at no charge. Unlike Windows 10, where it is only free with a prior licence, most Linux-based operating systems are entirely free. Period. If you want to try one of these open-source operating systems, you may be confused as to where to start. Don't worry, I am here to help. Here are the distributions and software you should use.

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Microsoft’s wake-up call on software piracy

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With piracy-related lawsuits becoming a looming possibility, open-source software seems to be the answer

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Booting Windows 10…Out the Door

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And as far as them having the right not to install the uploaded file if they have automatic updates turned off, then Microsoft is nothing less than a burglar, jimmying a back door to gain entrance. In my world, even according to current law, Microsoft is committing a criminal act.

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How to Kill Linux: A Tutorial for Microsoft

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In case you haven't already figured it out, this is not meant to be taken seriously. I see all kind of articles, almost on a weekly basis, about how Windows is killing the Linux desktop, how Linux missed its chance with Windows 8, and so on. It's getting tiring. Saying that Linux can be killed and even considering this means that you have no idea of just how big this project really is, not to mention the community around it.

Linux is not trying to beat Windows, it's not trying to kill it, it's not even trying to compete with it. Linux is competing with itself and this is why it's getting better all the time.

Whether Windows will be around when Linux really takes off for the desktop is actually irrelevant.

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Also: How Microsoft could finally kill Linux

WinPhone community descends into CANNIBALISM and WOE

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Analysis Windows Phone fanbois are turning on each other in an online orgy of recrimination. So says Daniel Rubino of unabashed fan site Windows Central – formerly Windows Phone Central.

Rubino made the observation in a candid post entitled: “The Windows Phone community is imploding”.

“The tone today from many is dire,” he laments. “No one is happy with the Cityman and Talkman leaks, Windows 10 Mobile still feels rough and incomplete, and Microsoft looks to be miles from the competition. Throw in things like certain Lumia apps being retired and the relative success yesterday of Apple's big press event and it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, at times, there is barely a glimmer of light.”

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UK government backs away from Microsoft, moves closer to Open Document Format

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In a further blow to Microsoft's grip on government desktop computing in the UK, the UK government has published 18 guides offering detailed information about the Open Document Format (ODF) standard and how to move organisations to ODF-compliant solutions.

ODF 1.2 was selected last year as the standard for editable office documents to be used across UK government departments, along with HTML5 and PDF, which became the official defaults for static documents that would be viewed, but not edited after they were published. The fact that native Word formats were not included as an alternative option was a major defeat for Microsoft, which had lobbied hard—and until 2014, lobbied successfully—to prevent this high-profile victory for ODF's open standard.

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Also: Munich's Open Source Transformation Has Made it a Top Contributor

Linux Missing Apps Is No Longer a Reason Not to Dump Windows

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One of the reasons cited by users when they are told about switching to Linux is the fact that they don't have the same kind of apps as Windows does, but is that really enough?

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  • Krebs Goes Down, Opera Gets a VPN & More…
    Krebs on Security in record DDOS attack: Everybody’s go-to site for news and views of security issues, has been temporarily knocked offline in a DDOS attack for the record books. We first heard about the attack on Thursday morning after Brian Krebs reported that his site was being hit by as much as 620 Gbs, more than double the previous record which was considered to be a mind-blower back in 2013 when the anti-spam site Spamhaus was brought to its knees. Security sites such as Krebs’ that perform investigative research into security issues are often targets of the bad guys. In this latest case, Ars Technica reported the attack came after Krebs published the identity of people connected with vDOS, Israeli black hats who launched DDOS attacks for pay and took in $600,000 in two years doing so. Akamai had been donating DDoS mitigation services to Krebs, but by 4 p.m. on the day the attack began they withdrew the service, motivated by the high cost of defending against such a massive attack. At this point, Krebs decided to shut down his site.
  • Upgrade your SSH keys!
    When generating the keypair, you're asked for a passphrase to encrypt the private key with. If you will ever lose your private key it should protect others from impersonating you because it will be encrypted with the passphrase. To actually prevent this, one should make sure to prevent easy brute-forcing of the passphrase. OpenSSH key generator offers two options to resistance to brute-force password cracking: using the new OpenSSH key format and increasing the amount of key derivation function rounds. It slows down the process of unlocking the key, but this is what prevents efficient brute-forcing by a malicious user too. I'd say experiment with the amount of rounds on your system. Start at about 100 rounds. On my system it takes about one second to decrypt and load the key once per day using an agent. Very much acceptable, imo.
  • Irssi 0.8.20 Released
  • What It Costs to Run Let's Encrypt
    Today we’d like to explain what it costs to run Let’s Encrypt. We’re doing this because we strive to be a transparent organization, we want people to have some context for their contributions to the project, and because it’s interesting. Let’s Encrypt will require about $2.9M USD to operate in 2017. We believe this is an incredible value for a secure and reliable service that is capable of issuing certificates globally, to every server on the Web free of charge. We’re currently working to raise the money we need to operate through the next year. Please consider donating or becoming a sponsor if you’re able to do so! In the event that we end up being able to raise more money than we need to just keep Let’s Encrypt running we can look into adding other services to improve access to a more secure and privacy-respecting Web.
  • North Korean DNS Leak reveals North Korean websites
    One of North Korea’s top level DNS servers was mis-configured today (20th September 2016) accidentally allowing global DNS zone transfers. This allowed anyone who makes a zone transfer request (AXFR) to retrieve a copy of the nation’s top level DNS data. [...] This data showed there are 28 domains configured inside North Korea, here is the list: airkoryo.com.kp cooks.org.kp friend.com.kp gnu.rep.kp kass.org.kp kcna.kp kiyctc.com.kp knic.com.kp koredufund.org.kp korelcfund.org.kp korfilm.com.kp ma.gov.kp masikryong.com.kp naenara.com.kp nta.gov.kp portal.net.kp rcc.net.kp rep.kp rodong.rep.kp ryongnamsan.edu.kp sdprk.org.kp silibank.net.kp star-co.net.kp star-di.net.kp star.co.kp star.edu.kp star.net.kp vok.rep.kp
  • Yahoo’s Three Hacks
    As a number of outlets have reported, Yahoo has announced that 500 million of its users’ accounts got hacked in 2014 by a suspected state actor. But that massive hack is actually one of three interesting hacks of Yahoo in recent years.

Italian Military's LibreOffice Migration Underway; 100,000+ PCs To Be Migrated

As we reported exactly an year ago, Italian Military's plans to migrate its entire fleet of desktop PCs to LibreOffice is well underway and has reached its first milestone. Since the project got started about an year ago, the Italian military have switched over 8000 PC workstations to LibreOffice. Read more

Every Little Hacker needs a Little Linux Computer

I know what you’re probably all thinking, why isn’t this kid’s adorable face on every possible toddler related product currently on the market? Rest assured, I constantly remind my sister of how she could be exploiting his cuteness for millions of dollars- but I digress. Where were we? Oh right, Linux. Let’s talk hardware. If we’re building this little dude a Linux computer and we’re “ballin’ on a budget”, there’s no better choice than a Raspberry Pi. I mean he is a hacker in training, right? His typing (and well, hand coordination in general) isn’t that great yet, so we’ll need an over-sized keyboard. A big mouse pad, and a good wireless mouse will do well. Oh, and how about a VESA mount case for the Raspberry Pi so it stays out of the way? All of that should do nicely. Read more