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Web Browser Debacles

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Microsoft
Moz/FF
Web
  • Microsoft and Mozilla engineers battle over Chromium adoption via Twitter

    Microsoft may have waved the proverbial flag of surrender when it announced its new direction for its web browsing development, but one of the last remaining Chromium-adoption holdouts, Mozilla, just got some help from staunch advocates of competition, when faced by offbeat pressure from Microsoft engineers to convert.

  • Microsoft engineer spanked for proposing Mozilla gives up on Gecko Firefox rendering engine

    Microsoft’s recent decision to abandon their EdgeHTML rendering engine in favour of Google’s Chromium rendering engine has been somewhat controversial, not due to the (likely positive) impact on their users, but due to the effects it would have on the level of competition there is exists in the web rendering engine area. With Microsoft capitulating to Google, and Opera already using Chromium, it leaves Mozilla’ Gecko as the lone stand-out flying the banner of open web standards.

    It was therefore rather brave of Kenneth Auchenberg, a Microsoft program manager working for the Code team, to suggest it was time for Mozilla to already throw in the towel.

  • Google Chrome to add drive-by-download protection

    Firefox and Internet Explorer already have this feature, since at least 2015.

Microsoft cripples Windows Media Player on Windows 7 -- a seemingly dirty tactic to increase Windows 10 upgrades

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

Windows 7 is still a great operating system -- one that millions of people use every day. Understandably, Microsoft cannot support the OS forever, so it will stop doing so in less than a year. While I would urge many Windows 7 users to switch to a Linux-based operating system, Microsoft would rather these folks upgrade to Windows 10 instead. The problem? Many Windows 7 purposely avoided the newest version of Windows due to overall bugginess and a perception of spying due to aggressive telemetry. Embarrassingly, Windows 10 -- initially released in 2015 as a free upgrade -- only recently overtook Windows 7 in marketshare. Yikes!

The right thing to do at this point, is to allow Windows 7 to function as it has until support runs out, right? I mean, why add stress to the lives of existing Windows 7 users? Sadly, Microsoft has a different idea. You see, the company has decided to purposely cripple both Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center on Windows 7, and Windows Media Center on 8.x. Microsoft will stop supplying metadata for media through these much-used programs. As you can guess, Windows Media Player on Windows 10 will continue to offer this capability. Hmm, I wonder why that is...

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Which is better, Ubuntu 16.04 or Windows?

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft

As you all know, Microsoft is a world-popular brand. Windows is a product of Microsoft. Almost everyone knows about Windows and critics say it is a great operating system and no one can beat Windows or doubt about it. Microsoft has launched so many mind-blowing versions of Windows over the years. It is evident that Microsoft Windows holds even more than half of the market share. There is a high chance that everyone will definitely choose Windows over any other operating system since Microsoft was able to create an amazing brand name in front of its users. There is a high chance that anyone would recommend Windows over any other operating system. However, everyone must admit the fact that no operating system in the market is perfect even this lovable Windows. Every operating system has its own flaws. As you all know, Microsoft its new version called Windows 10 which came out with a lot of unique and new features that attracted many hearts. The latest news that Microsoft announced was about their partnership with Linux. Microsoft has added Linux Command Line to its latest version of Windows which is also known as Windows 10. Microsoft never fails to do unexpected things.

Kevin Gallo, the vice president of Windows developer Platform finally announced at the Build 2016, regarding their partnership with the Linux developers. Windows 10 now can run Linux BASH command even without the need to use Linux in the machine. Is not it cool? However, Ubuntu is not far from Windows. Even Ubuntu comes with amazing apps while the productivity of the software has increased in the latest installment.

This article will provide you with some of the best options and features that differentiate Ubuntu in comparison to most beloved Windows operating system. Here are some differences between Ubuntu and Windows.

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GNU/Linux Salaries Go up While Microsoft Goes Down (Downtimes)

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Linux
Microsoft

Change of Fedora Strategy (IBM) and Microsoft EEE of Fedora

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Red Hat
Microsoft

This Week in Linux, Chrome OS, and Death of Windows 10 Mobile

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OS
Linux
Microsoft
  • Episode 51 | This Week in Linux

    On this episode of This Week in Linux, we got some new announcements from Inkscape, Purism, Solus, Mozilla, and Steam. We’ll also check out some new Distro releases from Netrunner, Deeping, Android X86 and more. Then we’ll look at some new hardware offerings from Purism and Entroware. Later in the show will talk about some drama happening with a project’s licensing issues and then we’ll round out the episode with some Linux Gaming news including some sales from Humble Bundle. All that and much more!

  • Chrome OS 73 Dev Channel adds Google Drive, Play Files mount in Linux, USB device management and Crostini backup flag

    On Tuesday, Google released the first iteration of Chrome OS 73 for the Dev Channel and there are quite a few new items related to Project Crostini, for Linux app support. Some things in the lengthy changelog only set up new features coming soon while others add new functionality. Here’s a rundown on some of the Crostini additions to Chrome OS 73.

  • Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

    Microsoft has formally set the end date for support of its all-but-forgotten Windows 10 Mobile platform.

    The Redmond code factory said today that, come December 10, it's curtains for the ill-fated smartphone venture. The retirement will end a four-year run for a Microsoft phone effort that never really got off the ground and helped destroy Nokia in the process.

    "The end of support date applies to all Windows 10 Mobile products, including Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise," Microsoft declared.

Microsoft Traps, Surveillance, and Openwashing

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  • Ockam provides easy to deploy identity, trust, and interoperability for IoT developers [Ed: Ockam is Azure surveillance.]
  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Ockam [Ed: Ockam is connected to the NSA surveillance complex through Microsoft (their “dedicated technical partner”), so it's hardly surprising SD Times promotes this given its history.]
  • How to Install MS SQL on Ubuntu Server 18.04 [Ed: Jack Wallen explains how to install proprietary malware on Ubuntu; this Microsoft blob doesn't even run on GNU/Linux but on DrawBridge (also proprietary)]
  • Should Construction Become Open-Source?
  • How open source software took over the world [iophk: "article full of mistakes"]

    While the products of these Gen 3 companies are definitely more tightly controlled by the host companies, the open source community still plays a pivotal role in the creation and development of the open source projects. For one, the community still discovers the most innovative and relevant projects. They star the projects on Github, download the software in order to try it, and evangelize what they perceive to be the better project so that others can benefit from great software. Much like how a good blog post or a tweet spreads virally, great open source software leverages network effects. It is the community that is the source of promotion for that virality.

  • A EULA in FOSS clothing?

    Now, what Jay said is true to a degree in that (as with many different kind of expression), software has code specific to it; this can be found in 17 U.S.C. § 117. But the fact that Jay also made reference to digital books was odd; digital books really have nothing to do with software (or not any more so than any other kind of creative expression). That said, digital books and proprietary software do actually share one thing in common, though it’s horrifying: in both cases their creators have maintained that you don’t actually own the copy you paid for. That is, unlike a book, you don’t actually buy a copy of a digital book, you merely acquire a license to use their book under their terms. But how do they do this? Because when you access the digital book, you click “agree” on a license — an End User License Agreement (EULA) — that makes clear that you don’t actually own anything. The exact language varies; take (for example) VMware’s end user license agreement:
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Microsoft Will Forcibly Delete Files

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  • Windows 10 Will Reserve 7GB Storage Before Installing An Update

    With Windows 19H1, all unnecessary files will move towards the reserved storage to pave the way for the new Windows feature update. This will also automate the task of cleaning desktop before getting a new update.

  • Windows 10 Will Soon “Reserve” 7 GB of Your Storage for Updates [Ed: That space could instead be used to install GNU/Linux for free]

    Windows Updates need a lot of disk space, which is a problem on devices with small amounts of internal storage. Microsoft is fixing this by “reserving” some disk space for updates in the next version of Windows 10, codenamed 19H1.

    Microsoft has been pushing cheap laptops with small hard drives for years now. But anyone who has ever used one has quickly run into a major issue: They usually don’t have enough storage left over to install major updates. This leaves them without important patches, security fixes, and new features. While you shouldn’t update to the latest version of Windows on the first day, you do want to eventually get there. So this is a serious problem.

  • Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

    Microsoft has announced that it is formalising the arrangement whereby Windows 10 inexplicably swipes a chunk of disk space for its own purposes in the form of Reserved Storage.

    The theory goes like this – temporary files get generated all the time in Windows, either by the OS or apps running on the thing. As a user's disk fills up, things start getting sticky as space for this flighty data becomes short and reliability suffers.

    Microsoft has tried a few ways over the years to help users manage disk space – Windows will start to whinge as disks reach capacity and built-in tools exist to clear unwanted files. The latest, Storage Sense, will quietly "dehydrate" OneDrive files to free up space.

Openwashing Leftovers

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Red Hat
Microsoft
OSS
  • Could the rise of open source be the key to wider DevOps adoption?

    Alongside excitement and surprise, both deals have sparked some trepidation and worries in the developer community. With some of the biggest stewards of open source now under the umbrella of big tech, will the basic tenants of the movement be put at risk? What independent organizations might take up the mantle?

    Five years ago, these acquisitions might have been more worrisome, but big companies today understand the importance of open source, Sijbrandij said.

    The acquisition of Red Hat, the largest software company acquisition in history, brought no proprietary source code to IBM. Big Blue knows "they have to be a great steward, because they didn't buy it for the [intellectual property] because there is no IP," he said.

  • Should open leaders expect to have privacy? [Ed: Red Hat's site composed by Microsoft with the typical openwashing of companies]

    As an open leader, I share because I want to be inclusive. In my moment of sharing, I set the example for others to donate their stories so we can be a more fully realized, creative group.

    Sound too touchy feely for you? Think about a time when you feel like you're doing your best work. I bet your best work occurs when you're connecting with and learning from others. These feelings stem from open leaders' desire to create inclusive teams.

    The word "inclusive" is the key word here, as I do not want to inadvertently exclude or marginalize anyone by sharing something private. I value the different perspectives and habits people bring to interactions, so I don't want something I post or share online to quiet others and prevent more sharing in the future. Instead, I want people to feel like they're learning something from what I share.

  • Using a local NuGet server with Red Hat OpenShift [Ed: Red Hat is pushing .NOT on behalf of Microsoft]
  • LeddarTech Joins Baidu’s Apollo Autonomous Driving Open Platform
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