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Microsoft's Economic Downfall Is Foretold by the Rise of Linux-Based Chromebooks

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Microsoft will have you believe that the new Windows 8 operating system is doing great in sales and that Linux is not actually gaining any solid ground, but it's difficult to tell what is happening on the market without any real data. So we turn to the only online shop that has enough sales to provide an accurate picture.

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Another Reason to Boycott Dell: Support for Microsoft’s Racketeering

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The dying computer assembly company is joining a notorious attack on GNU/Linux as if it is trying to appease Microsoft rather than today’s generation, which increasingly embraces GNU- and Linux-based platforms

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EU institutions accused of doing nothing to free themselves from dependence on Microsoft

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The European Commission and European Parliament are doing nothing to rid themselves of their dependance on Microsoft, two lobby groups said Wednesday, Document Freedom Day.

The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) and Open Forum Europe urged EU institutions to support open standards in an open letter to Giancarlo Vilella, president of the European Parliament's Directorate-General for Innovation and Technological Support. He also chairs the body that coordinates IT activities for government agencies including Parliament, the Commission and the Council of the E.U.

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Windows Deletes Linux, Ubuntu's Unmentionables, & the Max

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Today in Linuxland a dual-booter is reporting that his latest Windows update deleted his GRUB boot loader and turned on secure boot. Bruce Byfield says Ubuntu's conflicts with the community are less about the issues and more about user disappointment. And finally, lots of sites are reporting that a new browser has added Linux support.

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Windows 8 Update Might Delete GRUB2 and Set UEFI to Secure Boot

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A user who was dual-booting Xubuntu and Windows 8 has reported that one of the latest updates for Windows 8 has actually deleted the GRUB and switched UEFI to secure boot.

Linux users are not strangers to the problems caused by dual-booting. It’s a well-known fact that if you install Windows on a PC or laptop that already has a Linux operating system it will delete the boot loader. It can be fixed easily, but the GRUB, for example, recognizes Windows operating systems and integrates them so that the user is not affected.

A Linux and Windows 8 user has reported on Reddit that one of the updates performed by Microsoft's operating system deleted the GRUB boot loader and set UEFI to secure boot. Moreover, after he restored GRUB2 (which is done pretty easily, as illustrated in our tutorial) now there are three entries besides the Linux one.

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Microsoft's Website Thinks That All Linux Systems Are Windows 8.1

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Microsoft is not quick to recognize that other operating systems exist besides Windows 8.1, so its website says that you are running Windows 8.1 no matter what operating system you are using.

It will be a cold day in hell when Microsoft is held in high regard by the Linux community, and the main reason for this problem is the arrogance that it displays every chance it gets.

A Reddit user has discovered that, if you access a Windows page that shows you what kind of operating system you are using, it will always display Windows 8.1. Even if you access the website from an Android or iOS device, you will get the same answer.

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Microsoft shipping new Surface Pro 2 tablets with wrong processor?

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The buyer had ordered a Surface Pro 2 128GB tablet just to realise that it was an older model. The buyer was assured that she will be getting the new tablet with the new processors very soon. After sometime, she contacted Microsoft and was told that the new models were now shipping but yet again she received a Surface Pro 2 with an i5-4200 processor!

The customer got to know that Microsoft had been receiving a string of complaints the previous week about customers getting i5-4200 powered tablet instead of i5-4300 processors.

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Meet Xubuntu, For Life Beyond Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Windows XP OS !

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Xubuntu is a distribution of Ubuntu, which uses the same architecture and software repositories as the mainstream Ubuntu. The only difference is that in the regular Ubuntu distribution, it uses a GUI called Unity, which is much more Mac OSX like, whereas Ubuntu uses XFCE which resembles a prettier version of XP. Alternatively, you could also check out Linux Mint, which pretty much feels exactly like Vista, but I stick to Xubuntu due to better Cannonical support – the People behind Ubuntu). Xubuntu is incredibly stingy on resources, and can run smoothly on a Pentium 4 or higher with a measly 512MB of RAM. Recommended specs being any Dual Core Intel/AMD CPU with 1GB of RAM.

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Microsoft should fear Android on the desktop

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Android seems to be everywhere these days and that includes the desktop. Yes, a version of Android is being developed as a desktop replacement for Windows. LinuxInsider examines Android-x86 RC 1 and finds that it's coming along nicely. But can it really replace Windows? The skeptics will say no, but I think it can...eventually.

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An Indecent Proposal: Microsoft and Red Hat?

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Bloggers have been chewing on a suggestion that Microsoft buy Red Hat. The problem is that "Microsoft tends to do best when people have no choice, and consequently has gotten used to treating customers badly," Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack pointed out. "Now people avoid them unless they are absolutely necessary, so the day Microsoft buys Red Hat is the day many people switch distros."

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Security: Voting Machines With Windows and Back Doors in Windows Help Crypto-jacking

  • Election Security a High Priority — Until It Comes to Paying for New Voting Machines [Ed: Sadly, the US has outsourced its voting machines to a private company whose systems are managed by Microsoft]
    When poll workers arrived at 6 a.m. to open the voting location in Allentown, New Jersey, for last November’s gubernatorial election, they found that none of the borough’s four voting machines were working. Their replacements, which were delivered about four hours later, also failed. Voters had to cast their ballots on paper, which then were counted by hand. Machine malfunctions are a regular feature of American elections. Even as worries over cybersecurity and election interference loom, many local jurisdictions depend on aging voting equipment based on frequently obsolete and sometimes insecure technology. And the counties and states that fund elections have dragged their heels on providing the money to buy new equipment.
  • Congress Can Act Right Now to Prevent Interference in the 2018 Elections [Ed: "confidence" is not security]

    To create that confidence the SAFE Act would: [...]

  • America’s Election Meddling Would Indeed Justify Other Countries Retaliating In Kind
    There is still no clear proof that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 U.S. election in any meaningful way. Which is weird, because Russia and every other country on earth would be perfectly justified in doing so.
  • NSA Exploit Now Powering Cryptocurrency Mining Malware [Ed: Microsoft Windows back door]
    You may have been asked if you'd like to try your hand at mining cryptocurrency. You may have demurred, citing the shortage in graphics cards or perhaps wary you were being coaxed into an elaborate Ponzi scheme. So much for opting out. Thanks to the NSA, you may be involved in mining cryptocurrency, but you're likely not seeing any of the benefits.
  • Cryptocurrency-mining criminals that netted $3 million gear up for more
    Separately, researchers from security firm FireEye said attackers, presumably with no relation to the one reported by Check Point, are exploiting unpatched systems running Oracle's WebLogic Server to install cryptocurrency-mining malware. Oracle patched the vulnerability, indexed as CVE-2017-10271, in October.

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Benchmarking Amazon EC2 Instances vs. Various Intel/AMD CPUs

Given the recent performance changes following the Spectre/Meltdown CPU vulnerability mitigation and having just wrapped up some fresh CPU bare metal benchmarks as part of that testing as well as the recent AMD Raven Ridge launch, I've carried out a fresh round this week of benchmarks on various Amazon EC2 on-demand instance types compared to a number of bare metal Intel and AMD processors in looking at how the compute performance compares. Read more