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Wine 3.0 Release Lets You Run Windows Applications on Linux More Effectively   

The Wine team has announced the release of Wine 3.0. This comes after one year of development and comes with 6000 individual changes with a number of improvements and new features. 'This release represents a year of development effort and over 6,000 individual changes. It contains a large number of improvements'.

The free and open source compatibility layer, Wine lets you run Windows applications on Linux and macOS.

The Wine 3.0 release has as major highlights Direct3D 10 and 11 changes, Direct3D command stream, graphics driver for Android and improved support for DirectWrite and Direct2D.

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Published on January 20, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Security updates are now available for Meltdown and Spectre   

Meltdown and Spectre exploit critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. These hardware vulnerabilities allow programs to steal data which is currently processed on the computer. While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs. This might include your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your personal photos, emails, instant messages and even business-critical documents.

Meltdown and Spectre work on personal computers, mobile devices, and in the cloud. Depending on the cloud provider's infrastructure, it might be possible to steal data from other customers.

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Published on January 18, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
No More Ubuntu! Debian is the New Choice For Google’s In-house Linux Distribution   

For years Google used Goobuntu, an in-house, Ubuntu-based operating system. Goobuntu is now being replaced by gLinux, which is based on Debian Testing.

If you have read Ubuntu facts, you probably already know that Google uses a Linux distribution called Goobuntu as the development platform. It is a custom Linux distribution based on...(easy to guess)... Ubuntu.

Goobuntu is basically a "light skin over standard Ubuntu". It is based on the LTS releases of Ubuntu. If you think that Google contributes to the testing or development of Ubuntu, you are wrong. Google is simply a paying customer for Canonical's Ubuntu Advantage Program. Canonical is the parent company behind Ubuntu.

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Published on January 17, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Top 3 Linux Distributions That ‘Just Work’   

Twenty years ago, when I first started using Linux, finding a distribution that worked, out of the box, was an impossible feat. Not only did the installation take some serious mental acuity, configuring the software and getting connected to the Internet was often a challenge users were reluctant to attempt.

Today, things are quite different. Linux now offers distributions that anyone can use, right out of the box. But, even among those distros that "just work," some rise to the top to stand as the best in breed. These particular flavors of Linux are perfect for users hoping to migrate away from Windows or mac OS and who don't want to spend hours getting up to speed on how the platform works, or (more importantly) making the system perform as expected.

In this article, I highlight the three distributions I believe are the best bets for anyone to use, without having to put in any extra "

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Published on January 16, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Barcelona Kicks Out Microsoft in Favor of Linux and Open Source   

Barcelona city administration has prepared the roadmap to migrate its existing system from Microsoft and proprietary software to Linux and Open Source software.

A Spanish newspaper, El País, has reported that the City of Barcelona is in the process of migrating its computer system to Open Source technologies.

According to the news report, the city plans to first replace all its user applications with alternative open source applications. This will go on until the only remaining proprietary software will be Windows where it will finally be replaced with a Linux distribution.

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Published on January 11, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Google quietly buys UK startup Redux that turns surfaces into speakers   

Redux developed technology that eliminated the need for small speakers in mobile phones

Alphabet's Google has quietly acquired a UK startup focused on technology that turns surfaces such as phone displays into speakers.

Redux developed technology that eliminates the need for small speakers in mobile phones, freeing up space for batteries or other components, the Cambridge based startup said on its now defunct website.

It is unclear when Alphabet  via an Ireland-based subsidiary of Google  acquired the company, but the transfer of shares of Redux's holding company, NVF Tech, to the US technology giant was confirmed on 13 December, according to UK regulatory filings.

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Published on January 11, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Windows security updates released January 3, 2018, and antivirus software   

Microsoft has identified a compatibility issue with al number of antivirus software products.

The compatibility issue arises when antivirus applications make unsupported calls into Windows kernel memory. These calls may cause stop errors (also known as blue screen errors) that make the device unable to boot. To help prevent stop errors that are caused by incompatible antivirus applications, Microsoft is only offering the Windows security updates that were released on January 3, 2018, to devices that are running antivirus software that is from partners who have confirmed that their software is compatible with the January 2018 Windows operating system security update.

If you have not been offered the security update, you may be running incompatible antivirus software,

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Published on January 9, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Protect your Windows devices against Spectre and Meltdown   

Microsoft is aware of new vulnerabilities in hardware processors named "Spectre" and "Meltdown". These are a newly discovered class of vulnerabilities based on a common chip architecture that, when originally designed, was created to speed up computers. The technical name is "speculative execution side-channel vulnerabilities". You can learn more about these vulnerabilities at Google Project Zero.

Who is affected?

Affected chips include those manufactured by Intel, AMD, and ARM, which means all devices running Windows operating systems are potentially vulnerable (e.g., desktops, laptops, cloud servers, and smartphones). Devices running other operating systems such as Android, Chrome, iOS, and MacOS are also affected. We advise customers running these operating systems to seek guidance from those vendors.

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Published on January 9, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
The Best Linux Distributions for 2018   

It's a new year and the landscape of possibility is limitless for Linux. Whereas 2017 brought about some big changes to a number of Linux distributions, I believe 2018 will bring serious stability and market share growth for both the server and the desktop.

For those who might be looking to migrate to the open source platform (or those looking to switch it up), what are the best choices for the coming year? If you hop over to Distrowatch, you'll find a dizzying array of possibilities, some of which are on the rise, and some that are seeing quite the opposite effect.

So, which Linux distributions will 2018 favor? 

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Published on January 8, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Meltdown and Spectre chip exploits: What’s the difference?   

Multiple millions of computing devices worldwide are affected by two security vulnerabilities in processors, known as Meltdown and Spectre.

The fundamental flaws are present in chips manufactured by Intel, ARM and AMD, which are used in Apple, Dell, HP, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Linux and Lenovo smartphones, computers and operating systems, among others.

Both flaws exploit a specific processor performance feature called speculative execution, but do so in slightly different ways. They also have the potential to affect data centres and devices that connect to the cloud.

There is currently no evidence anyone has abused either of the exploits.

Read more at: http://bit.ly/2m2WOVp

Published on January 6, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
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