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Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas   

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has released Linux 4.9.

"I'm pretty sure this is the biggest release we've ever had, at least in number of commits," Torvalds writes on the Linux Kernel Mailing List.

"If you look at the number of lines changed, we've had bigger releases in the past, but they have tended to be due to specific issues (v4.2 got a lot of lines from the AMD GPU register definition files, for example, and we've had big re-organizations that caused a lot of lines in the past: v3.2 was big due to staging, v3.7 had the automated uapi header file disintegration, etc)."

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Published on December 15, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
Ransomware may turn victims into attackers, infect 2 others and decryption is free   

In the world of ever-evolving ransomware, one recently spotted variant is like doxware and another has a "nasty" option of infecting two other people be it friends, enemies or strangers and your files will be decrypted for free.

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Published on December 14, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Microsoft Photos for Windows 10 update brings edit, draw and interface enhancements   

Microsoft released an update for the built-in Photos application for Windows 10 yesterday that brings editing, drawing, and interface enhancements. The Photos app for Windows 10 is a basic photo viewer and editor. Like many other apps that ship with Windows, it is sufficient for basic tasks but neither feature-rich nor super fast when it comes to opening and displaying photos.

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Published on December 14, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Microsoft Security Bulletins December 2016   

Microsoft released a batch of updates for company products today as part of the company's monthly Patch Tuesday event. The December 2016 overview of Microsoft's Bulletins provides you with detailed information on all bulletins and related information.

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Published on December 14, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Millions of routers allegedly backdoored with malware that can’t be removed   

One of the hackers purportedly responsible for a zombie army of Mirai-infected IoT devices, claimed he infected millions of routers with malicious firmware which can't be removed; a victim's only recourse is to trash the router.

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Published on December 11, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Easily exploited Netgear router flaw discovered   

At least two Netgear routers, the R6400 and R7000 are vulnerable to a command injection flaw that is easy to exploit and could lead to the total takeover of the routers.

This is a developing story. See updates at the end.

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Published on December 11, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Samsung software update will brick few Note 7s left in the wild   

Samsung said Friday it's had overwhelming participation in the US refund and exchange program for the Galaxy Note 7 phone, "with more than 93 percent of all recalled devices returned." The company also said it's issuing an even more punishing software update to make sure the remaining Note 7 devices are returned.

Starting December 19, Samsung will begin distributing a software update that prevents the phones from charging and "will eliminate their ability to work as mobile devices." The software update will be rolled out over 30 days.

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Published on December 11, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Three serious Linux kernel security holes patched   

The good news is developers are looking very closely at Linux's core code for possible security holes. The bad news is they're finding them. At least the best news is that they're fixing them as soon as they're uncovered.

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Published on December 11, 2016 by Bob Uhlman
Gaming on Linux   

What's the Achilles' heel for Linux users?

Let me point that out for you. It's gaming on Linux.

Don't get me wrong. Gaming on Linux has improved significantly in recent years, thanks to the effort of companies like Steam, Feral Interactive and We even have Linux distributions specifically for gaming.

In addition to that. Steam has launched its own gaming console range in the form of Steam Machines. These gaming consoles are basically PC hidden inside the casket of a gaming console.

But even with all these, gaming on Linux nowhere close to gaming on Windows. Can this scenario be changed?

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Published on December 6, 2016 by Paul Illingworth  --  Revised on December 7, 2016
Ubuntu 17.04 release schedule, and features   

Ubuntu 17.04, the upcoming release of Ubuntu Linux, has been codenamed Zesty Zapus. The release schedule of Ubuntu 17.04 is out.

Long term Ubuntu users might already be aware that 17.04 will be released in April 2017. It's not rocket science to guess the release month at least, considering that there is a specific logic behind Ubuntu codename and version. In 17.04, 17 stands for the year 2017 and 04 stands for the month of the year (i.e. April).

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Published on December 6, 2016 by Paul Illingworth
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