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Most of the world might be running Windows for the operating system on PCs, but there is a healthy contingent of folks who prefer Ubuntu Linux made by Canonical. Dell unveiled new workstations in May that run Ubuntu Linux specifically for that community. Canonical didn't make gamers happy when it announced that it would end support for 32-bit applications starting with the next release. Valve also announced that it was dropping support for Ubuntu in Steam. The gaming community rallied against Canonical's decision to end support for 32-bit applications with enough vigor that Canonical has reversed its decision. It has decided to support select 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu version 19.10 and... Read more...
If you're an Azure customer running Linux Exim email servers, then Microsoft has a warning for you. Over the weekend, it was disclosed that Linux servers numbering in the millions were vulnerability to a critical security vulnerability in the Exim mail transport agent, also known as MTA. At last count roughly 3.5 million servers were susceptible to a remote execution Linux worm attack according to Cybereason, with the primary attack vector being a coin miner payload (which can present itself in multiple stages). The vulnerability was first disclosed in CVE-2019-10149 on June 5th.  Microsoft is warning Azure customers that while Exim 4.92 is not affected, Azure customers running... Read more...
Hell has not frozen over and last I checked, there are no pigs flying overhead. However, the latest test build of Windows 10 (18917) does include a full Linux kernel, which brings about a key change to the way way Windows accesses and handles Linux files. Not to worry though, the change is for the better, resulting in improved performance. The new Windows 10 build is available to participants of the Windows Insider program, who have opted for the Fast ring—this is the branch that receives test builds earlier in the development cycle than those that get pushed out to the Slow ring. As a result, they can be more buggy and "might be more painful for some." In this new build, Microsoft includes... Read more...
Goodbye Windows, hello Linux! The South Korean government recently announced that they will be switching the operating systems of all of their computers from Windows to Linux. The South Korean government has relied on Windows 7 for several years and does not plan to transition to Windows 10. Unfortunately for many users, Microsoft announced they will be ending support for Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. Many companies and government institutions have held onto Windows 7 because of its stability, performance, and compatibility with older apps. Some businesses and organizations will be granted a slight extension, but many are moving on to other operating systems. Why is the South Korean government... Read more...
Microsoft has announced something interesting for Windows 10 users that could mean buyers no longer need to decide between a Windows machine and a dedicated Linux machine like Dell's new Ubuntu workstations unveiled a few days ago. Microsoft has announced that starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview builds this summer it will include an in-house custom-built Linux kernel in the OS. That kernel will be used to underpin the newest version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux or WSL. This is the first time that a Linux kernel will be included as a component in Windows. Microsoft's Jack Hammons, program manager for Linux systems group, wrote that the term "Linux" is often used to refer to both the... Read more...
Microsoft shocked pretty much the entire tech community when it officially announced that it would be abandoning its EdgeHTML-based Microsoft Edge browser in favor of an all-new version built on Google's Chromium engine. Microsoft has already issued Canary and Dev builds of the new Chromium-infused Edge, but it has until now held off on making builds available for macOS. In fact, if you head on over to the Microsoft Edge Insider website while running macOS, you'll be greeted with a message that says "Coming soon to macOS, Notify me when it's available." However, notorious Microsoft leaker WalkingCat has uncovered direct download links for the macOS version of Edge. Microsoft Edge Canary... Read more...
Give Dell credit, the bulk system builder has not shied away from Linux, and for several years has offered certain PCs with Ubuntu installed instead of Windows. That includes its Precision 7000 tower and rack workstations, and of course the XPS 13 Developer Edition.. Now you can order a more affordable Precision 3540 or 3541 mobile workstation with Ubuntu installed, if that is your desire. Dell is not making a huge deal about this, though it is a notable option. As far as Dell is concerned, the new Precision 3540 workstations are notable because they put in the hands of creators a "budget-friendly" solution capable of 2D and 3D CAD design, heavy Excel workbook crunching, and so forth. "Ideal... Read more...
A software development company out of the UK called Collabora has unveiled something that Linux users will be excited about. The software is called SPURV, and it is described as an "experimental containerized Android environment" that is designed to allow Linux users to run Android apps in windows alongside native applications on desktop Linux. In a nutshell, SPURV creates a virtual Android device on the Linux host machine. SPURV has components that allow the Android environment to play audio, connect to networks, and use hardware-accelerated graphics through the underlying Linux system. One key difference between SPURV and other ways of running Android on Linux systems is the support for running... Read more...
It looks as though Intel is readying a new round of processors with up to 10 cores and 20 threads, based on a breakdown of a recent graphics drivers patches for Linux. The driver code references unreleased Comet Lake desktop CPUs, including dual-core, quad-core, hexa-core, octa-core, and deca-core models. This is not the first we have heard of Comet Lake, or even an accompanying 10-core/20-thread chip from Intel that is rumored to be part of the series. Word of Comet Lake leaked to the web late last year, supposedly originating from a partner meeting. At the time, though, there were not many details to be gleaned. That is actually still true, though at least with driver code in the wild, a launch... Read more...
Following up on Microsoft's previous announcement that it was adding the ability to access Linux files inside of File Explorer in Windows 10, the Redmond software giant is now testing the feature in the latest Preview build (18342), which is available to Windows Insiders who are subscribed in the Fast ring. If all goes to plan, this will be added to the next major version of Windows (19H1). Microsoft has committed to rolling out major updates to Windows 10 twice a year. The most recent of those was the October 2018 Update, which suffered numerous issues and did not actually roll out en masse until November. Hopefully the 19H1 roll out goes much smoother—that is the whole purpose of the... Read more...
Windows 10's infamous October 2018 Update is soon to become a distant memory, as Microsoft is hard at work putting the polish on the next major Windows build, expected in April. In a new blog post, Microsoft's Craig Loewen reports that big changes are coming to the Windows Subsystem for Linux, including the ability to read and write to Linux distros from within Windows itself. From the get-go, we have to be clear about one thing: this is not access to Linux partitions from within Windows 10, something that's undoubtedly one of the biggest requests Microsoft has fielded over the years. Unfortunately, it remains unsafe to manage and change Linux partitions (eg: ext4) from within Windows, and should... Read more...
Raspberry Pi developer boards have proven to be very popular with folks looking to build a project that needs a power-efficient and modest performing single-board PC. Raspberry Pi unveiled its Raspberry Pi Model 3 A+ last month for $25. The success of Raspberry Pi has spawned similarly designed products from a number of competitors looking to cash in. However, a company called SinoVoIP is targeting a higher-end of the market with boards called Banana Pi that have been around for a few years. SynQuacer E-Series 24-Core Arm PC Motherboard Banana Pi boards are typically based on ARM core technology processors and are relatively inexpensive. The company behind the boards also has a somewhat... Read more...
There's a lot to like about Tesla's Model 3, but as with most things with prepackaged entertainment (or infotainment) systems, even this beautiful electric car leave people yearning for a bit more. In the case of one reddit user, Tesla's infotainment system didn't satiate his/her entertainment hunger, so they decided to do what's perhaps one of the most interesting dual-OS installs ever, installing Ubuntu alongside Tesla's OS in their own car. Explicit details about how this mod was pulled off are not clear, but it's not going to be one for the faint of heart you can be sure. Digging deep into a car's OS means that a breaking something could lead to an essential bricking, although something tells... Read more...
With the value of Bitcoin once again experiencing a big drop this past week, you may begin to think that malware developers would begin shifting focus elsewhere. Unfortunately, that's far from being the case. Even if crypto seems to have modest value, that value becomes substantial when you multiply it by every infected machine; it really is easy money for attackers. In case we needed a reminder that Linux is in fact susceptible to viruses, this latest malware targets that platform specifically. Ultimately, two vulnerabilities need to be exploited (CVE-2016-5195 and CVE-2013-2094) to gain root access, and in effect, full control over the system. Once access is gained to the system, a large 1,000-line... Read more...
It looks as though Linus Torvalds needs a cooling off period. After a number of public outbursts online and raging against tech titans, Torvalds announced this weekend that he is temporarily stepping away from his current responsibilities of maintaining the Linux kernel to work on his personal behavior.  In a post, Torvalds explained that his conduct with regards to how he treats the people that he works with and others in the industry hasn't exactly been productive. Things came to a head when he had a scheduling conflict for the Linux kernel maintainership summit. Although it was eventually rescheduled, Torvalds' rather dismissive reaction to the initial conflict in private and... Read more...
Those who enjoy streaming movies and television shows on their devices should always be cautious when downloading content. It has been revealed that several third-party Kodi add-ons for Windows and Linux contained cryptocurrency malware. The cryptocurrency miner is difficult to uncover and is believed to have infected nearly 4,700 users.  ESET, a Slovak IT security company, discovered that Windows and Linux Kodi users who downloaded the third-party add-ons Bubbles, Gaia, and XvBMC, were the targets of the malware campaign. The add-ons contain malicious code that mines the cryptocurrency Monero (XMR). It is believed that the criminals have been able to mine 62 Monero coins or over $7,000... Read more...
It looks as though AMD will be introducing a new GPU-to-GPU interconnected when its Vega 20 GPUs arrive on the scene, presumably by the end of the year. The new interconnected, called XGMI, is based on the company's Infinity Fabric and is AMD's answer to NVIDIA's NVLink, the latter of which is part of the GeForce RTX series. For those who have not been following the GPU scene, Vega 20 is AMD's 7-nanometer refresh. AMD has gone all-in with 7nm fabrication, including both future CPUs and GPUs, and is one of the reasons why it recently shifted manufacturing from GlobalFoundries to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). "We have already taped out multiple 7nm products at TSMC, including... Read more...
Valve is working to bring more games to Linux users by rolling out a new beta version of Steam Play, which includes a modified version of Wine, called Proton, to provide compatibility with Windows game titles, the company announced. This essentially allows Linux users to run native Windows games without a Linux port or major hoops to jump through. "This goes hand-in-hand with an ongoing testing effort of the entire Steam catalog, in order to identify games that currently work great in this compatibility environment, and find and address issues for the ones that don't," Valve said. For anyone who is not familiar, Wine is an ope-source compatibility project for running Windows applications in Linux.... Read more...
The gang from Failoverflow guaranteed that the Nintendo Switch would be hacked to run all sorts of content not originally targeted for Nintendo's latest console, once the elite hacker group figured out how to get Linux to run on the device. That hack takes advantage of an unpatchable exploit as it turns out. And now, fans of retro GameCube games can now run some titles on their Switch using an emulator and Linux. The hack was shown off by a YouTube user called Mizumi using a Dolphin GameCube emulator program running on Lakka. Lakka is a Linux distribution specifically made for game consoles that happens to look a lot like the PS4 interface. The front-end for the emulator is called... Read more...
A new device called the Renegade Elite (ROC-RK3399-PC) has surfaced as a competitor to the Raspberry Pi 3 that is packing much higher specifications and can stream 4K video, albeit significantly more expensive. The Renegade Elite is made by Libre Computer and will soon surface for pre-order on Indiegogo. One thing not in the favor of the Renegade Elite is the price. While the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ sells for $35, the Renegade Elite will set you back $100. That much loot will get you a hexa-core processor, 4GB of RAM, and dual USB 3.0 Type-C ports, one of which can be used for power input. Other features include three standard USB 3.0 ports, HDMI 2.0 output, and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.... Read more...
AMD is cooking up a new batch of Radeon Vega graphics cards for consumers, though most of the details remain a mystery. That said, there have been numerous roadmap leaks—as far back as a year and a half ago, there was a leaked roadmap that pointed to Vega 20 releasing some in 2018. Fast forward to today and there are some references to Vega 20 in recently released Linux drivers. There is not a whole lot to go on here, just some call outs to Vega 20 in a Linux patch file. One thing that is interesting, however, is that there are half a dozen Vega 20 IDs. Here's a look at the text: /* Vega 20 */ + {0x1002, 0x66A0, PCI_ANY_ID, PCI_ANY_ID, 0, 0, CHIP_VEGA20}, + {0x1002, 0x66A1, PCI_ANY_ID,... Read more...
Microsoft has done something that might surprise a bunch of people out there, it has open sourced the WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) to make it easier for Windows users to run Linux distributions. The WSL sample that is now open source allows distro maintainers to build WSL packages for the Microsoft Store and to create custom Linux distro packages for sideloading. The distro launcher repo is on GitHub right now. Microsoft says that the open source WSL will enable: Linux distribution maintainers to package and submit a Linux distribution as an appx that runs on WSL Developers to create custom Linux distributions that can be sideloaded onto their dev machine Microsoft notes that since many... Read more...
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