Calculate Linux Desktop is a complementary solution for the Server and together they provide important features like roaming profiles and centralized software deployment.
Calculate Directory Server can successfully replace a Windows NT ÂŽ domain controller (Windows clients supported) and provides additional services that can be deployed in a matter of minutes: LDAP, Mail, Jabber and many others.
Calculate Linux is based on Gentoo that is well known for its stability and great performance on a broad range of hardware: from Pentium Pro to modern CPUs.
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The Year Of 2038 Problem - The Unix Millennium Bug The Year 2038 problem is an issue for computing and data storage situations in which time values are stored or calculated as a signed 32-bit integer, and this number is interpreted as the number of seconds since 00:00:00 UTC on 1 January 1970 ("the epoch"). Such implementations cannot encode times after 03:14:07 UTC on 19 January 2038, a problem similar to but not entirely analogous to the "Y2K problem" (also known as the "Millennium Bug"), in which 2-digit values representing the number of years since 1900 could not encode the year 2000 or later. Most 32-bit Unix-like systems store and manipulate time in this "Unix time" format, so the year 2038 problem is sometimes referred to as the "Unix Millennium Bug" by association.
The year of 2000 which marked a significant date in the computer industry. Those days raised the heat of Y2K - Year 2000 or Millennium bug with all computing systems.
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Microsoft has been conning Windows users for two months Microsoft has been using a deceptive tactic to dupe Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users into upgrading to Windows 10 for at least the last two months, according to the company's website.
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An oft-revised support document that Computerworld cited in a May 16 story about Microsoft's aggressive upgrade practices spelled out the workings of a pop-up notification that Windows 7 and 8.1 users had been seeing. The notification told those customers -- primarily consumers, but also many small-to-mid-sized businesses -- that the free Windows 10 upgrade had been pre-scheduled by Microsoft.
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WINDOWS VS MAC VS LINUX: 10 FUNNY JOKES IN PICTURES The Windows Vs Mac Vs Linux debate continues. Their fans continue to be at the each others throat. The baseline of most debate is that Windows is clumsy and full of security issues, Linux is complicated and not user-friendly and Mac is all looks that burns your money for each and everything. There are forums, dedicated websites, Facebook pages and tons of articles dedicated to the Windows Vs Linux Vs Mac debate but donât worry this post is not to find out who is the best of them all.
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HOW TO EASILY INSTALL LIGHT TABLE ON UBUNTU LINUX Light Table is a feature rich and modern open source editor. Itâs not an exaggeration to call it one of the best code editors for Linux. You can download the source code and use it to install Light Table but it requires extra effort in making it searchable or creating a desktop shortcut.
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ORB: NEW GENERATION OF LINUX APPS ARE HERE Orbital Apps has brought us a new type of application package, ORB, with portable applications, interactive installer support and offline usage ability.
Portable applications are always handy. Mostly because they can run on-the-fly without needing any administrator privileges, and also it can be carried around on small USB sticks along with all their settings and data. And these interactive installers will be able to allow us to install applications with ease.
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EXPLAINED: WHICH UBUNTU SHOULD I USE? Brief: Confused between Ubuntu vs Xubuntu vs Lubuntu vs Kubuntu?? This beginnersâ guide helps you to decide which Ubuntu should you choose.
So, you have been reading about reasons to switch to Linux and the benefits of it and finally decided to give it a try. Good.
Now, after further reading on the internet, knowing peopleâs view about which Linux is good for beginners, you decided to install Ubuntu. A fine wise decision.
Perhaps at this point, you are wondering about which Ubuntu should you choose and how should you proceed with installing Ubuntu.
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Microsoft sheds light on Windows 10 update policy Microsoft senior program manager Chris Riggs revealed information about the company's Windows 10 update and upgrade in a presentation at the WinHEC technical conference in Taiwan.
While Riggs addressed business and Enterprise customers in the Windows As A Service presentation, some of it is also interesting to Home users.
Microsoft plans to release single cumulative updates each month, and so-called feature updates twice a year.
These cumulative updates are already used by the company. They supersede the previous month's update, and contain only security, reliability or bug fixes according to Microsoft.
Feature updates on the other hand, with the next major one called the Anniversary Update out in July 2016, ship with new features and capabilities but are released less frequently.
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Linus Torvalds Ships Linux Kernel 4.6 Release Linus Torvalds this week released the final code for version 4.6 of the Linux kernel. This release comes two months after the previous 4.5 version and has gone through seven release candidates.
âThe 4.6 kernel on the whole was a fairly big release - more commits than we've had in a while,â Torvalds wrote in his release notes on the LKML mailing list. âBut it all felt fairly calm despite that.â
Despite the relative calm of the last few release candidates, Linux kernel 4.6 âCharred Weaselâ does come with its fair share of interesting changes. Many end users will notice performance improvements in the temperature control of their laptops,
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Choosing a Linux Desktop: 7 Tips Newcomers to Linux desktop struggle with the concept of choosing a Linux desktop environment. Just the idea of having a choice is difficult if you are used to Windows or OS X, but how do you choose between a dozen major Linux desktop options, and several dozen minor ones?
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Microsoft tweaks IE11-Edge interoperability in Windows 10 Microsoft yesterday said it will introduce changes in this summer's Windows 10 Anniversary Update to simplify switching from Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) to Edge, and back.
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TeslaCrypt victims can now decrypt their files for free Victims of the widespread TeslaCrypt ransomware are in luck: Security researchers have created a tool that can decrypt files affected by recent versions of the malicious program.
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Microsoft wants to make Windows 7 and 8.1 updating easier Microsoft announced three upcoming changes to update procedures of previous versions of the company's Windows operating system today.
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Apple to send out update this week to help prevent iTunes bug from deleting more music from users' libraries If you are noticing that music is disappearing from your iTunes library, you're not alone. Others are complaining about missing music
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The Petya ransomware just got a whole lot worse The Petya ransomware now bundles a second file-encrypting program for cases where it cannot replace a computer's master boot record to encrypt its file table.
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Last Audit PC audit software Last Audit is a handy security audit software for PCs that points you at potential security, privacy or information leak issues on the system.
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Flash Player update fixes zero-day flaw and 24 other critical vulnerabilities Adobe Systems has released a security update for Flash Player in order to fix a publicly known vulnerability, as well as 24 privately reported security flaws.
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Windows Repair Toolbox Windows Repair Toolbox is a handy collection of third-party programs and links to Windows tools that assist you in troubleshooting issues that are experienced on a PC running the operating system.
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The shame of Windows Update Even with the slowness bugs fixed, Windows Update on Windows 7 still has its flaws.
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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 upgrade ends July 29 Microsoft announced today that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 29th, 2016.
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How to stop auto playing videos The following guide provides you with information on how to stop the auto playing of videos in desktop and mobile web browsers. Please note that some browsers don't offer functionality to block videos from playing automatically.
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Windows Live Mail 2012 end of Outlook support Windows Live Mail 2012 users who use it to connect to Microsoft's Outlook email service receive emails from Microsoft currently that state that they won't be able to use the solution anymore come June 30th, 2016.
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Google Chrome Finally Surpasses Internet Explorer For the first time, Google Chrome has officially taken the crown for the largest share (41.6%) of all desktop browser traffic picked up by NetMarket Share, a Web tracker. Internet Explorerâs share, on the other hand, dropped from 41.3 to 43.4%.
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Linux or Bust: Why Businesses Canât Ignore This Growing Trend Linux is growing out of its pigeonhole to become a powerful force in todayâs digital climate. Here are five reasons that Linux is on the rise and Linux skills are in high demand.
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Test Drive Linux With Nothing But A Flash Drive Maybe you've heard about Linux and are intrigued by it. So intrigued that you want to give it a try. But you might not know where to begin.
You've probably done a bit of research online and have run across terms like dual booting and virtualization. Those terms might mean nothing to you, and you're definitely not ready to sacrifice the operating system that you're currently using to give Linux a try. So what can you do ?
If you have a USB flash drive lying around, you can test drive Linux by creating a live USB. It's a USB flash drive that contains an operating system that can start from the flash drive. It doesn't take much technical ability to create one. Let's take a look at how to do that and how to run Linux using a live USB.
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10 easy ways to speed up your Wi-Fi If you're experiencing constant slowdowns or drop-offs with your home Internet, you may be able to fix it yourself with a few simple tweaks.
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Ubuntu 16.04: A desktop for Linux diehards Every two years a release of Ubuntu is designated Long-Term Support (LTS). Ubuntu 16.04, code-named Xenial Xerus, is the latest in that line. LTS releases are supported for five years instead of the usual nine months, but they also have less obvious implications. LTS releases are usually geared toward the enterprise, which means they generally include fewer new features and more testing. Both qualities are attractive to risk-averse companies running production software on Ubuntu servers, but provide comparatively little to the desktop user.
However, Xenial Xerus bucks this trend with a handful of new features and some welcome improvements. With the new app store, the stand-alone calendar, and the movable Launcher, Xenial might be one of the more feature-rich releases in a few years. In this review, Iâll start by walking through these new pieces and improvements,
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Patching Windows 7 can be painfully slow Two tech writers suggest four patches to Windows Update.
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Google Patches 9 Security Flaws in New Chrome Browser Build Google updated its browser Thursday patching nine security bugs, labeling four as âhighâ and two as a âmediumâ risk to computer users. The update was tied to a new Chrome browser build (50.0.2661.94) that fixes the flaws.
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LXLE Gives Aging Hardware a New Lease on Life LXLE is an ideal distro for out-of-the-box functionality to handle your everyday computing needs.
It's a well-oiled lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu's long-term support releases for Debian and Lubuntu Linux from a community originating in the U.S. The latest version is 14.04.4, released last month.
It runs an optimized LXDE, or Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, that has a comfortable look and feel with plenty of system settings to tailor its performance to your way of working. LXDE shares a close kinship with the appearance and performance of another lightweight desktop environment, Xfce.
However, LXLE -- short for Lubuntu Extra Life Extension -- taps fewer system resources than Xfce, making it just as fast and a bit more compatible with aging hardware.
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Microsoft locks down Cortana: Blocks integration with other browsers, search engines Microsoft is tightening control over Cortana. Only its Microsoft Edge browser and Bing search engine will work with searches initiated through Windows 10âs digital assistant, the company said Thursday.
Microsoft isnât prohibiting third-party browsers like Opera and Chrome from working with Windows 10, and you can still configure the operating system to launch those browsers by default, when, say, a coworker emails you a link to a Web page. But, if you launch a search via Cortana, only Edge and Bing will be used to complete it, Microsoft said in a blog post.
âUnfortunately, as Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent the design of Windows 10 and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana,â Ryan Gavin, the general manager of search and Cortana, wrote. âThe result is a compromised experience that is less
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CCleaner v5.17, for best-ever browser cleaning! In this latest release CCleaner is brought right up to date with the latest version of Firefox to make sure it cleans every last bit of your browser history and cookies.
If you're a Chrome user you'll benefit from improved extension management so you're in complete control of what starts with your browser.
New in v5.17:
- Improved Firefox 45 cleaning and Chrome Extension management
- Improved Windows Store apps Uninstall tool (Windows 8.1 and 10)
- Optimized Startup Items and Browser Plugins detection
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Five of the Best Productivity Tools for Linux Operating systems exist so that you can communicate with computer hardware to get things done. On top of the operating system are live applications that make the process of getting things done efficient. Thatâs where productivity tools come in. What are productivity tools? Naturally, the definition will depend on the angle from which you approach the question. Management productivity is very different from standard office productivity, and itâs the latter I wish to address.
General office productivity tools are those that enable you to work with documents and files and keep an efficient day-to-day work flow. Some might think these tools would be missing from the Linux ecosystem. I am happy to report, the naysayers are wrong.
Letâs take a look at some major productivity tools available for the Linux platform.
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Some Important Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu Linux On Your System Ubuntu Linux is one of the popular and most used Linux operating system backed by Canonical.
Requirements vary from person to person, depending upon whether the person is experienced Ubuntu user, a novice user, an artist or a programmer, but most of the things listed here are essential after a clean install of Ubuntu. Without wasting time anymore, let's have a look at must to do things after installing Ubuntu on your system.
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Meet the new Ubuntu: A Linux release tailor-made for enterprises Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS is now out, and its extended support makes it particularly suitable for businesses. Here's an overview of what you can expect to find.
Ubuntu 16.04, also known as "Xenial Xerus," made its debut on Thursday, bringing businesses a brand-new option in the operating-system world. It's Canonical's sixth Long-Term Support (LTS) version, meaning enterprises can count on support for a full five years. The ".04" signifies its release in April, not that it's a point upgrade.
Ubuntu 16.04 has a new Snap application package format designed to make the OS easier to use across desktop, server, mobile and the Internet of Things. Intended to live alongside Ubuntu's traditional "Deb" format, Snap aims to make it easier to install software from outside Ubuntu's repositories without compromising security or reliability.
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Windows 10 Upgrade â The Office Watch View Windows 10 is really popular?
Of course, Windows 10 has been taken up by a lot of people. Itâs FREE for heavenâs sake!
Microsoft proudly tells us that Windows 10 has the âfastest Windows adoption -everâ and even has a graph to âproveâ it. This âgraphâ has no values on the X or Y axis let alone independent auditing of whatever numbers are behind it.
The âofficialâ deadline for completing the free upgrade to Windows 10 is 29 July 2016.
Itâs generally thought that Microsoft will start charging for Windows 10 after that date. Wiser heads arenât so sure. Itâs in Microsoftâs interests to get people onto Windows 10 and demanding money for something that was once free is a good way to annoy customers.
The deadline serves more to give a sense of urgency to upgrading.
With any Windows upgrade thereâs the question of hardware. Is your current computer sufficient to run Windows 10 smoothly ?
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Opera is an attractive option for left-behind Chrome users Google announced back in 2015 that the company's Google Chrome web browser would support Microsoft's Windows XP operating throughout 2015 but would drop support shortly thereafter.
It revealed in November 2015 that it made the decision to add Windows Vista, Mac OS X 10.8 and earlier, all 32-bit versions of Linux, Ubuntu 12.04 and Debian 7 to the list of unsupported operating systems.
That time has come, and as of April 2016, all mentioned operating systems are no longer supported by Google Chrome.
What it means
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Dropbox announces end of Windows XP support Dropbox announced today on the official Help Center website that it plans to end support for Microsoft's Windows XP operating system in the coming months.
Extended support for the Windows XP ended more than two years ago on April 8, 2014 which means that feature, fix or security updates are no longer released for devices running the system (There is a way to still get updates for XP, but it requires Registry changes).
Some companies -- Google or Dropbox for instance -- made the decision back then to continue supporting the XP operating system thanks to its large user base.
While XP is still listed with a sizable share of the market, around 10% currently as of April 2016, companies that supported XP previously have started to drop support. Google Chrome dropped support for XP recently for instance.
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Spam Filter Mechanics Spam filters have different modes of operation. Understanding how they work can help you choose which one to use.
These days, the choice of spam filters comes down to Bogofilter and SpamAssassin. Other choices, like DSPAM, are no longer in development. Although a few other choices (e.g., SpamBayes) are available, when an email reader offers a plugin, it is almost always for either Bogofilter or SpamAssassin. However, what is less often discussed is which filter is the best to use in which circumstances.
Instead, most users simply nod solemnly when they read that both involve âBayesian filtering.â Most of us â including many who use the phrase â have no idea what Bayesian filtering is, but it sounds scientific and reassures us that either choice is acceptable.
In fact, learning that Bogofilter and SpamAssassin are âBayesianâ is useless for choosing between them.
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Apple refreshes MacBook with Skylake processor Apple today refreshed the MacBook, switching to Intel's sixth-generation "Skylake" processor architecture for slightly longer battery life.
Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri patent lawsuit
Apple has agreed to pay US $24.9 million to a patent holding company to resolve a 5-year-old lawsuit
The new MacBook (vendor price) is priced starting at $1,299, the same as the initial model introduced more than a year ago.
With a new graphics chipset -- Intel's HD Graphics 515 -- the MacBook boasts a 25% improvement in graphics performance, Apple claimed. The 1.1-GHz Skylake processor's lower-power demands should add an hour to the time between charge: Up to 10 hours of browsing, up to 11 hours of video playback. Apple also increased the speed of the flash memory that composed the 256GB SSD (solid-state drive) storage, from 1600MHz to 1886MHz.
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Ransomware Removal Kit Ransomware Removal Kit is a collection of anti-ransomware programs designed to be used by security professionals and system administrators.
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Linus Torvalds: The mind behind Linux Linus Torvalds transformed technology twice â first with the Linux kernel, which helps power the Internet, and again with Git, the source code management system used by developers worldwide. In a rare interview with TED Curator Chris Anderson, Torvalds discusses with remarkable openness the personality traits that prompted his unique philosophy of work, engineering and life. "I am not a visionary, I'm an engineer," Torvalds says. "I'm perfectly happy with all the people who are walking around and just staring at the clouds ... but I'm looking at the ground, and I want to fix the pothole that's right in front of me before I fall in."
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Apple Will Shut Down iTunes Allowances For Kids: Here's A Quick Guide How To Set Up Family Sharing Apple has revealed that it will be ending iTunes Allowances on May 25, which is a feature that allows parents to set aside a certain amount in their credit cards per month that can be used by their children to purchase items on iTunes or the App Store.
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Apple may rebrand OS X as 'MacOS' this summer Apple may be getting ready to rebrand its OS X operating system as MacOS, according to a since-altered page on the Cupertino, Calif. company's website.
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Time to uninstall QuickTime for Windows Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative published two security advisories, ZDI-16-241 and ZDI-16-242, affecting Apple QuickTime for Windows yesterday.
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Here's how Windows 10's Ubuntu-based Bash shell will actually work Aimed at developers, Bash brings a complete Linux command line to Windows, but only the command line.
Linuxâs Bash shell is coming to Windows, courtesy of a collaboration between Microsoft and Ubuntu-creator Canonical. Type bash into Windows 10âs Start menu, and youâll be able to instantly get a full Linux command-line environment.
Many developers prefer Linuxâand even Mac OS X, which also includes the Bash shellâbecause of its access to a whole universe of utilities that often donât work on Windows. Adding the Bash shell to Windows is just another way Microsoft is trying to make Windows more attractive to Linux developers. Remember, Microsoftâs Azure cloud hosting service can run Linux servers, too.
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Windows 10's Bash shell can run graphical Linux applications with this trick It's not officially supported, but it's already very easy to use.
Microsoft said it wouldnât support graphical applications in Bash on Windows. But enterprising geeks like w2qw on Reddit have already figured out how to run graphical applications with Bash on Windows 10. The underlying code is much more capable than Microsoft initially let on.
This is possible because the Bash shell for Windows is more than just a shell. Microsoft built an entire âWindows Subsystem for Linuxâ that allows Windows 10 to natively run Linux applications, even graphical ones.
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Microsoft fixes critical security flaw affecting all Windows users The software giant also fixed six serious vulnerabilities, including a nasty Flash bug that affects most newer users of Windows.
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How to make your laptop boot faster Whether you have a MacBook or Windows 10 laptop, you can speed up its startup time.
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Microsoft Security Bulletins April 2016 The Microsoft Security Bulletins overview for April 2016 provides you with detailed information about all security and non-security patches Microsoft released in the past 30 days for client and server versions of Windows, as well as other Microsoft products such as Office.
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Welcome To The New Linux.com Linux.com redesigned. Itâs been a long journey since we first surveyed our loyal readers about possible new features. You enthusiastically and generously responded with all of the ways you love - and donât love - the site. Weâve since taken that feedback and redesigned the site with numerous improvements.
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Researchers: Attackers could use holes in Firefox add-ons to target your PC Researchers from Northwestern University discover how an attacker could write a malicious Firefox add-on that takes advantage of security holes in other Firefox add-ons to do its bidding.
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This computer will soon stop receiving Google Chrome updates Google announced back in November 2015 that it would end support for XP and Vista, and several other operating systems in April 2016.
The announcement may have come as a surprise for users running Windows Vista, as the operating system is still supported by Microsoft until April 2017.
The following systems are no longer supported by Google Chrome as of April 1, 2016.
Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Windows Server 2003 and 2008.
Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.
Any 32-bit version of Linux.
What does it mean?
Google Chrome continues to run on those systems, but the browser won't receive updates anymore including security patches. Basically, Chrome 49 will be the last version of the browser provided for these systems.
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Updated Debian 8: 8.4 released The Debian project is pleased to announce the fourth update of its stable distribution Debian 8 (codename jessie). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.
Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian 8 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old jessie CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.
Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.
New installation media and CD and DVD images containing updated packages
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end of support for SQL Server 2005 is April 12, 2016 Data is the new electricity
Data is becoming increasingly important to business success in todayâs world. With modern technology, it is easier than ever to transform data into intelligence, insights, and action. As Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, puts it: âData is the new electricity.â See the Data Driven event webcast here (English only).
Customers will increasingly turn to those partners who can help them maximize the value they get from their data, and youâll be glad to know that SQL Server 2016 is a game-changer. It was built cloud-first for the new world of massive data, machine learning, and advanced analytics.
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Microsoft embraces Linux -- way too late In case you missed it, Microsoft made a bunch of Linux-related announcements recently. First, we found out Microsoft was offering SQL Server running on Linux. Then at Build last week, Microsoft introduced ânative Ubuntu Linux binaries running on Windowsâ and treated us to a demo of Bash on Windows 10.
The fact that Microsoft now supports SQL Server on Linux isnât really a technical development -- itâs a business move. Fortunately for Microsoft, the Ballmer blinders are gone, and the company can see that Linux is the OS of choice for our cloud future, not Windows. Microsoft lost that battle a long time ago. Not surprisingly, the Azure cloud folks have taken the lead in pushing Microsoft
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Windows comes up third in OS clash behind Apple's OS X and iOS The continued decline of Windows makes Microsoft's job of pivoting to explorations of cross-platform opportunities all the more pressing. And it goes a long way to explain Redmond's drumbeat of new strategies, including this week's announcement that it will pursue a "conversations as a platform" initiative that aims to put automated assistants, or "bots," front and center on not just Windows, but also Android and iOS.
According to Gartner, which provided Computerworld with its forecast broken out by operating systems, Windows will power about 283 million devices shipped in 2015, a 3.4% year-over-year decline. The 283 million represents 11.7% of the total of 2.4 billion devices shipped, over 80% of that number smartphones, and the majority of those smartphones running Google's Android. Six months ago,
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New Ransomware Infects by Using MS Word Macros Researchers at Carbon Black have discovered a new form of ransomware that uses Microsoft Word macros to infect the target system. The PowerWare attack starts when a macro-enabled Word doc arrives, either through email or some other delivery method. When the victim opens the file, the macros open a PowerShell session, which downloads and executes the malicious code.
According to the blog post at the Carbon Black website, âTraditional ransomware variants typically install new malicious files on the system, which, in some instances, can be easier to detect. PowerWare asks PowerShell, a core utility of current Windows systems, to do the dirty work. By leveraging PowerShell, this ransomware attempts to avoid writing new files to disk and tries to blend in with more legitimate computer activity.â
The attack locks up the user's files and asks for a $500 ransom.
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French Government Denounces DNS Transition Plan Paris officials fear the privatization of Internet naming authority
The French government has criticized the plan to move control of the Internet's domain name system from the US government to the non-profit ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). French officials told the leading French newspaper Le Monde that the move will lead to the âprivatization of ICANN, not its internationalization.â
The US government has been in the process of passing Internet control to ICANN for some time. Interestingly, American observers tend to think a non-profit would be a fairer and more neutral guardian for the Internet's naming system than a sovereign government would be, but the French authorities appear to believe they (and other international governments) would be on a better footing to negotiate directly with the Washington than with a California-based autonomous
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Major Toshiba laptop battery recall issued after faulty units overheat and literally melt If you bought a Toshiba laptop between 2011 and 2016 you might have a faulty battery pack eligible for a free replacement
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Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware released Bitdefender Anti-Ransomware is a new product by security company Bitdefender to protect Windows PCs against several ransomware families.
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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 build fixes bugs but has some of its own Microsoft pushed out some fresh software to people who are beta-testing the latest versions of Windows 10 on Friday, starting the weekend off with a slate of bug fixes aimed at improving the usability of devices on the new operating system.
People who have devices on the Fast ring of the Windows Insider Program for computers and smartphones will get the new bits Friday, including updates to fix several known issues with the previous beta build. The biggest fix for PC users is that this update repairs a problem that caused Kaspersky security products to not work as expected.
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This nasty ransomware overwrites your PC's master boot record The ransomware is distributed by emails masquerading as job applications.
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New ransomware abuses Windows PowerShell, Word document macros A new ransomware program written in Windows PowerShell is being used in attacks against enterprises, including health care organizations, researchers warn.
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Never 10: prevent upgrades to Windows 10 Never 10 is a new program by Gibson Research for machines running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to prevent the upgrade to Windows 10 on these systems.
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CCleaner 5.16 FINAL tweaks browser cleaning tools Piriform Software has released CCleaner 5.16 and CCleaner 5.16 Portable for Windows PCs. Once again, the latest release focuses on fine-tuning the programâs browser-cleaning tools, with tweaks for Opera, Chrome and Edge the major highlights.
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Dell's XPS 13 Now Comes With Ubuntu Dell is expanding its Linux-based computer lineup.
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Emergency Java update fixes two-year-old flaw after researchers bypass old patch Oracle has released an emergency Java security update to fix a critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to compromise computers when they visit specially crafted websites.
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Five steps to picking the right Linux desktop for you There are hundreds of Linux desktop distributions. What's a would-be Linux desktop user to do? Luckily for you, you don't have to try them all out to find a good fit.
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Google warns of Android flaw used to gain root access to devices An application that allows users to gain full control -- root access -- over their Android devices is taking advantage of a security flaw in the Linux kernel that has remained unpatched in Android since its discovery two years ago.
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Apple patches 56 vulnerabilities in OS X El Capitan, improves Live Photo sharing Apple yesterday updated OS X El Capitan, patching a slew of security vulnerabilities, fixing other non-security bugs, and adding capabilities to some first-party apps.
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Linux systems have to be patched for latest Ghost vulnerability Do you have Linux on your systems? If so, your security team should pay attention to a security warning from Google last month about another critical vulnerability in the glibc library similar to the Ghost bug found a year ago and affects all versions of glibc since 2.9.
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Here's a look Inside Dell's strategy for Linux PCs In a world of PCs dominated by Windows and Macs, Dell's line of "Project Sputnik" laptops with Ubuntu Linux have secured a cult following.
The latest Project Sputnik laptop is the XPS 13 Developer Edition, which shipped last week. With its sleek design, the XPS 13 brings a new, sexy look to otherwise dull Linux laptop designs.
The XPS 13 DE is also significant because it brings new technologies from the Mac OS and Windows to Linux laptops. The XPS 13 DE models have 4K screens, Intel Skylake chips and the Thunderbolt 3 interconnect, which are new to Linux laptops.
The Linux laptop is a cousin of the XPS 13 with Windows 10, which was announced earlier this year. The Linux version has Ubuntu 14.04
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Europe is going to kill free software! We got confirmation today from one of the largest router manufacturer that they have begun locking router firmware down due to recent FCC rule changes. This is exactly what the Save Wifi campaign participants had been arguing would happen for the past several months. Despite the FCC unequivocally denying that this was there intention it was irrelevant to the outcome and response of manufacturers to the new rules. The competitiveness of the market and costs of compliance means the only real solution for manufactures to comply is the lock down of there router's firmware. The TP-Link rep went on to say that all future routers would be locked down as a direct result of the rule changes.
These rules are bad and already hindering user freedom. The FCC has pulled a fast one and we need to fight back. This is a major security and privacy threat which will lead to even buggier and more insecure
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Windows 10's pushy upgrade tactics pay off with share growth Two data sources show significant gains by Windows 10 during the stretch when users reported upgrades completing without their approval
Last week, users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems began reporting that the automatically-downloaded Windows 10 upgrade had been installed, with an accompanying glut of complaints that they had not had the opportunity to decline the offer, or if they did see a way to reject 10, were stuck in a loop where the demand endlessly reappeared.
In some cases, users were unable to regain control of their machines until they acquiesced and let Windows 10 install.
Although the automatic download of Windows 10 and its upgrading a PC from older OSes has been expected for months -- and was switched on six weeks ago -- the process was supposed to require user approval at some point. Yesterday, Microsoft again confirmed that,
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Users seethe as Windows 10 arrives while their backs are turned People report that they weren't given a chance to decline, that their PCs were crippled, that they can't use their systems until they submit to Windows 10
Some Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users have begun to howl over Microsoft's practice of automatically upgrading their PCs to Windows 10, saying that they were never given a chance to decline the upgrade before it installed itself.
That was contrary to how Microsoft has described its aggressive strategy of pushing Windows 10 to devices running older versions of its operating system.
It stuck to that today.
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How to beat ransomware: Prevent, don't react Picture this: You've spent the last few weeks working on a tribute video for a friend's 30th wedding anniversary. You collected photos and video clips and edited them together, laying over a soundtrack of their favorite songs. It was a real labor of love.
When you finally finish the project, you go to copy the file onto a DVD andâwhat the?âa strange message pops up.
"Unfortunately, the files on this computer have been encrypted. You have 96 hours to submit payment to receive the encryption key, otherwise your files will be permanently destroyed."
You've been hit with ransomware.
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Elementary OS: A Distro that Dreams of Disrupting the Linux Desktop Despite this radical approach, the project seems to be doing well. Unlike other distributions that get money through a foundation or commercial vendor, elementary gets financial support from users. They have adopted a âpay-what-you-likeâ model where users can pay a desired amount when they download the operating system. It has been working so well that they have two full-time developers and one part-time web developer.
ForĂŠ has considered other revenue generation models -- something similar to a subscription-based model where there are additional features or exclusive updates for paid users -- but has rejected this idea, stating that he would want all features to be available to all users. He is also exploring the possibility of the âpay-what-you-wantâ model for apps on elementary OS.
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Ubuntu 16.04: Something to Get Excited About Itâs been quite some time since the Ubuntu faithful could be seriously excited about a release. With good reason. Over the past few years, Canonical has been hard at work trying to bring Unity 8/Mir/Convergence to fruition. Because of this, Ubuntu has suffered a long stretch of fairly boring releases.
That ends with 16.04. Xenial Xerus might well herald the final release for that will see Ubuntu paired with Unity 7/X.org. Thankfully, 16.04 has a few nice bits and pieces to offer in this next iterationâenough to get you excited.
Letâs take a look at some of those pieces that will come together and make the latest Long Term Support (LTS) iteration of Ubuntu a superb release.
If you want to give 16.04 a try, download the daily build. Or, you can wait for the official release on April 21, 2016.
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How Linux Mint is preventing future hacks and increasing security Linux Mint received valuable help from Avast, which reached out to the OS maker following the attack and offered to analyze the hacked Linux Mint ISO file. A day later, Avast provided a full malware analysis of the file. The Linux Mint team issued an update to warn users who may have been using infected Linux Mint systems unknowingly. Avast and AVG were able to block access to the servers used by the hackers, preventing that malware from phoning home.
Hardening the website
Improvements have also been made to the Linux Mint website to guard against attacks that push users toward malicious software. This sort of risk was driven home when the popular open-source Transmission BitTorrent client was recently found distributing the first ransomware for Mac after hackers breached its website.
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If you donât want Windows 10, do this! The following steps are recommended to anyone who does not want to upgrade computer systems running Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10.
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Cisco patches serious flaws in cable modems and home gateways Cisco Systems has patched high-impact vulnerabilities in several of its cable modem and residential gateway devices that are distributed by some ISPs to their customers.
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Microsoft slips Windows 10 upgrade ads into Internet Explorer security patch Windows 10 upgrade prompts are coming to Internet Explorer.
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Adobe Issues Fix for Critical Flash Bug Adobe has released emergency security updates for Flash Player to address critical vulnerabilities that may open the door to a system breach.
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Googleâs latest Chrome update patches some major security vulnerabilities This week, Google released the latest stable update for its Chrome browser addressing three high priority security vulnerabilities. Version 49.0.2623.87 of Chrome is available now for Windows, Mac and Linux computers.
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Microsoft Security Bulletins For March 2016 The Security Bulletins overview for March 2016 provides you with information about security and non-security patches that Microsoft released for supported versions of the Windows operating system and other company products such as Office on the March 2016 Patch Day and after February 2016's Patch Day.
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Security Update MS16-023 installs new Get Windows 10 functionality Mixing security updates with non-security content is never a good idea, but it is particularly worrisome when Microsoft pushes new "get Windows 10" functionality on Windows 7 and 8.1 systems that one cannot get rid of without removing the security update itself as well.
The big, big problem
The main issue with pushing Windows 10 offers this way is that users cannot remove them from their system as KB3146449 does not appear in the list of installed updates for the system as it is integrated into KB3139929.
This means that one would have to remove the security updates as well to get rid of the advertisement for Windows 10 on the computer.
Obviously, not using Internet Explorer would resolve the issue as well, but this may not always be possible and only a temporary solution as Microsoft may be inclined to push Windows 10 offers to other programs or tools of the operating system
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Microsoft is bringing its SQL Server to Linux Hell isn't freezing over: Microsoft is continuing its love affair with open source
When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella extolled his company's love for Linux -- an open source operating system it previously opposed -- it would be natural to assume that commitment came with a few caveats. On Monday, the company doubled down on its love for open source in one of the most surprising ways possible.
SQL Server, one of the most popular pieces of database server software, and a crown jewel of Microsoft's enterprise software empire, is coming to Linux.
It's a shocking move from Microsoft, after Nadella first professed love for Linux in late 2014.
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First Mac ransomware had sights on encrypting backups, too Hackers never finished the feature, but evidence suggests they wanted to guarantee Mac owners paid the $400 ransom.
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Skype for Linux Breaks. People Blame Microsoft. Are We Surprised? Microsoft declared its love for Linux more than a year ago. But some open source fans have not been feeling much love from Redmond in the wake of reports that the newest version of Skype for Linux doesn't really work, and Microsoft is doing little to fix the problem.
A version of Skype has been available for Linux for many years. It hasn't always had as many features as the versions for Windows and OS X, and it has never been open source, but it has worked well enough if you want to use it to make video or voice calls on Linux.
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First known Mac ransomware reaches the wild While ransomware has sadly been a reality on smartphones and Windows PCs for a while, you haven't really had to worry about it on a Mac... until now, that is.
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Inventor of Modern Email, Ray Tomlinson, Dies Ray Tomlinson, the inventor of modern email, has died. Raytheon Co., his employer, on Sunday confirmed his death; the details were not immediately available.
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How to really erase any drive, even SSDs, in 2016 You may already know that "deleting" a file does nothing of the sort. Securely erasing drives before you sell a computer keeps your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. Good news: it's easier than ever to fully erase data.
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Is paying for antivirus a waste of money? It's been a long time since anti-malware suites have found anything on my computers. Maybe the Windows Defender that comes with Windows 10 is good enough?
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Kiddle: Google-powered safe search engine for children .Kiddle is a new search engine that has been designed as a safe search engine for children.
It is usually not a good idea to leave children, especially young ones, alone with a device that is connected to the Internet as there is a lot of weird and outright disturbing stuff on the Internet that can shock even adults that are Internet veterans.
Even harmless search terms like eat, big or Inspector Gadget may return results that are not suitable for minors, and it does not really matter if you are next to your child when that happens or not, as you'd probably not expect explicit results to be returned for these types of searches
Search engines try to filter out results by enabling Safe Search filters by default which filter explicit content before results are returned to the user.
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LOCKY â THE LATEST OFFICE RANSOMWARE The latest ransomware going the rounds is 'Locky' and arrives via email as a Word document.
Currently the email arrives with a subject like: ATTN: Invoice K-56463223
The message: Please see the attached invoice (Microsoft Word Document) and remit payment according to the terms listed at the bottom of the invoice
Attached is a Word document â notably with a .DOC extension. If you open that document and then follow the request to enable macros, your computer gets ransomed.
Most of the documents on your computer AND attached network shares are encrypted. For many businesses, that means everything. Even Volume Shadow copy files are deleted. File History backups (Windows 8 and 10) will also be encrypted.
To get your files back, you have to pay 0.5 Bitcoins (about US$220)
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Microsoft: No New Versions After Windows 10 According to a Microsoft executive, Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows to get an official name.
The 'Last Version of Windows'
That news comes via Microsoft's Jerry Nixon, speaking at the company's massive Ignite conference in Chicago last week. Network World quoted him as saying "Right now we're releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we're all still working on Windows 10."
Once Windows 10 is released, it will be updated on a regular basis, like a typical software program -- although, given how huge it is and how many computers it impacts, it almost certainly won't be updated on, say, a monthly or quarterly basis. That would be too disruptive to users.
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Tech Support Scammers Lure Users With Fake Norton Warnings, Turn Out To Be Symantec Reseller Fraudulent tech support companies are well-known for taking advantage of unsavvy computer users by reeling them in with scare tactics and charging large amounts of money for bogus services
In many cases, these crooks sell free security products (or straight up pirate them) for hundreds of dollars more than their actual retail price. Security vendors may not be aware of these practices let alone what kind of sales pitch scammers use to force those sales.
In one of the worst cases of abuse we have seen so far, a company that happens to be an active member of the Symantec Partner Program is scamming people with fake warnings designed to look like Symantecâs flagship product, Norton Antivirus.
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Introducing the Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta Ransomware is easy to understand but hard to beat. It infects the machine, encrypts all files and then demands payment to get the files back. Ransomware works so well that most variants will even remove themselves when the damage is done, knowing you have the choice of either paying the ransomware author to get your files back, or risk losing them forever.
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6 Excellent Lightweight Linuxes for x86 and ARM Presenting a nice assortment of lightweight yet fully functional Linux distros for all occasions. All of these are full distros that do not depend on cloud services; four for x86 and two, count 'em, two for ARM hardware.
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