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Remix OS: Is This the Droid You Were Looking For?   

Ever wanted to try Android on your PC but there weren't any really usable projects? Now you can. Remix OS is an Android based operating system that's designed to offer a full-fledged desktop PC-like experience. The developers have done a lot of work to implement many desktop-centric features such as multi-window multi-tasking. It offers a very familiar interface inspired by Windows, so the learning curve is not that steep. If you have used Android before, you will find yourself at home.

Remix OS is being developed by Jide Technologies, a company founded by three ex-Googlers, "with a mission to unlock the potential of Android in order to accelerate a new age of computing," reads the "about us" page.

http://www.jide.com/remixos

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Published on February 13, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
MajorGeeks tops list of safe software download sites   

MajorGeeks is proud to announce that The Windows Club listed us first in their recent article, Safe Software Download Sites where they took to task many of the largest download websites and pointed out that many of these sites now bundle their own installers, often including what is considered malware with their downloads.

Published on February 9, 2017 by James Calkins
Safe software download sites   

There was a time when we went to some good download sites and clicked on the Download button to download software. And what we got was software. But times have changed now, and things have gotten a bit messy. Now you have to be very careful before you click on any Download button or link, because you never know what you may end up with! You may go visit a download site to download, say our 340KB Ultimate Windows Tweaker, and end up with a bunch of other crapware you did not ask for!

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2kTi01A

Published on February 9, 2017 by James Calkins
Debian's long-term support experiment   

Debian Linux, which calls itself "The Universal Operating System," is a huge and popular Linux variant. Debian was one of the first Linux distributions, and it remains one of the largest, with over 43,000 software packages. Unlike many other leading Linux distros, Debian is not backed directly by a company, and it is managed democratically by the many volunteers who populate the Debian mailing list.

Despite its reputation as an all-free, counter-cultural collection for hackers, Debian is also quite stable and reliable, which makes it a viable option for many corporate networks. But after many years of Linux in the enterprise, admins have a pretty clear idea of what they want: a system that will operate for several years without requiring an upgrade. Rolling out a new operating system in the enterprise can take many months, and the process is quite complex and prone to complications

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Published on February 8, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
LibreOffice Goes Online with 5.3 Release   

The Document Foundation announced the release of LibreOffice version 5.3. The latest version is available for macOS, Windows, and Linux. This release has many new features, including an experimental ribbon-like interface reminiscent of Microsoft Word.

One of the biggest highlights of the new release is the source code for LibreOffice Online. Users can now install LibreOffice Online on their servers and use file sync and storage services like NextCloud to create an experience similar to Google Docs and Office 365.

Although the source code is available for download, the Document Foundation has no plans to offer LibreOffice Online as a service. Italo Vignoli, a co-founder of the Document Foundation, told us that the foundation doesn't have the resources to build a Google-like infrastructure to offer such as service. LibreOffice Online is intended for ISPs and private cloud vendors.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2kn3b3C

Published on February 8, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
SUSE Working on a New Operating System Called MicroOS   

SUSE's answer to container-centric operating systems.

Cloud and containers is the next frontier for Linux companies. Responding to Container OS, Project Atomic, and Snappy Core, SUSE is working on MicroOS. The new operating system by SUSE is based on SUSE Enterprise Linux and focuses on delivering microservices.

In an exclusive interview with The New Stack, SUSE's newly appointed CTO, Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo, said that it will help those customers who are running legacy systems but want to migrate to modern technologies over time. "We want to make sure that companies that have legacy infrastructure and legacy applications that can move to modern technologies, where container as a service is offered through that OS itself."

One of the core components of MicroOS is transactional updates which use the snapshot capabilities of Btrfs. All updates will be installed automatically and a reboot

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Published on February 8, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
How to tell if you are infected with malware   

Picture this: you start your computer and wait. And wait. And wait some more. When your desktop finally shows its face, things don't get any better. Your Internet is sluggish, your programs are taking forever to load, and your cursor is dragging 20 seconds behind your mouse. You might have tried to open too many programs at once. Or...

You might be infected.

Sometimes a malware infection is plain as day. Other times it's a silent killer. If you want to know whether or not your machine is sick, you first need to understand the symptoms. So let's take a look at the telltale signs.

Blatant signs of infection

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Published on February 7, 2017 by Paul Illingworth  --  Revised on February 7, 2017
Celebrate Safer Internet Day   

Safer Internet Day is an awareness-raising campaign that started in Europe more than a decade ago. Hosted by ConnectSafely.org, Safer Internet Day gained official recognition in the US in late 2012, with a joint agreement between the Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission to work together to build a better Internet for young people. Now, it is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The theme for this year's Safer Internet Day celebration is "Be the change: Unite for a better Internet." Organizers are looking for people to post about positive social actions online whether it's a random act of kindness or a full-on flash mob. Here are some ways you can participate:

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2kiTGCV

Published on February 7, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
The best Linux graphic design software.   

Linux has no dearth of graphic design software. In this list, we'll see the best Linux graphic design software.

It is not true that Linux does not offer tools for digital artists. Of course, there's something for everyone which makes Linux better than Windows.

There are plenty of Linux graphic applications which help digital artists enhance their work or build something interesting from scratch. Well, maybe, the applications that do exist with Linux are not commercially popular, but they do offer powerful features to act as a perfect companion for a digital artist.

In this article, we would be specifically concentrating our focus on the tools that deal with digital drawings/sketches and image editors.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2jFMpkj

Published on February 3, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Libreoffice 5.3 released   

LibreOffice 5.3 has been released today and The Document Foundation (the organization behind LibreOffice) has called it the "most feature-rich releases in the history of the application".

It's not bragging. LibreOffice 5.3 does boast of a number of new features to it, most important of them all, its own version of MS Office's Ribbon interface.

In case, you didn't know already, LibreOffice is a free and open source productivity suite available for Windows, Linux and MacOS. While you have to pay a huge amount of licensing fee for Microsoft Office, LibreOffice is completely free to use on any platform.

NEW FEATURES IN LIBREOFFICE 5.3

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2jFBS8N

Published on February 3, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
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