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Why Microsoft Again Became the World's Most Valuable Company
November 8, 2021
Microsoft on Oct. 29 once again surpassed Apple to take the top spot as the most valuable publicly traded company in the world. This week let's talk about why Microsoft is so well balanced and deserving of the top honors. Then we'll close with the product of the week, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics card.
Canonical Launches Ubuntu 21.10 With Few Surprises
October 14, 2021
Canonical has released Ubuntu 21.10, Impish Indri. The new version of its flagship OS has a heavy focus on cloud-native, AI/ML, and Ubuntu developers on Windows. This is not a major distro upgrade. Nonetheless, Ubuntu 21.10 does play catch up with the latest Wayland improvements and GNOME 40 -- finally.
From Windows 95 to Windows 11: A Matter of Perspective
October 11, 2021
Microsoft has learned a great deal and changed its personality and focus since Windows 95 debuted, and Windows 11 showcases those changes. Let's talk about Windows 11 this week. Then we'll close with the product of the week, the Surface Laptop Studio, which is arguably the most Apple-focused product that Microsoft has ever released.
Zorin OS 16: Better GNOME With Much More Simplicity
October 8, 2021
Zorin OS is one of the more endearing Linux operating systems available for both Linux veterans and computer users transitioning from Windows. But despite some stellar improvements, Zorin OS 16 falls short of offering wider user appeal to those looking beyond Windows-like computing. However, this latest upgrade brings several improvements and a few new features to give a satisfying Linux experience that tries to be something else.
Canonical Breathes Longer Life Into Two Ubuntu Aging Releases
September 29, 2021
The prolonged lifecycle of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS turns a new page in Canonical's commitment to enabling enterprise environments, said Nikos Mavrogiannopoulos, product manager at Canonical. By prolonging the operating system lifecycle to 10 years, Canonical is helping organizations to better assess their IT budget in order to implement or plan their infrastructure upgrades.
Latest POP_OS! Release Brings COSMIC Overtones
September 7, 2021
The latest release of POP!_OS Linux clearly shows that the in-house tweaking of the GNOME desktop to the COSMIC GNOME-based desktop is even more inviting. Developer System76 has made some bold moves to push this distro to the forefront and spark its popularity among newcomers to Linux -- as well as with seasoned users. Given this distro's rising popularity, it will continue to hold that distinction.
Windows 365 No Deal for Non-Biz Linux Users
August 31, 2021
Microsoft's new Cloud PC with Windows 10/11 service potentially offers a way for some Linux users to sidestep what could be the last barrier for businesses to adopt the Linux desktop without leaving behind must-have Windows applications. But if you lack a company's backing, you can expect Microsoft's new platform to consider you unsuitable.
30 Years Later, the Trajectory of Linux Is Star Bound
August 25, 2021
Today the Linux community is estimated to be 86 million users strong. It has become the backbone of large enterprises and is installed in government systems and embedded in devices worldwide. As people around the world celebrate and discuss 30 years of Linux, the focus, rightly so, is on supercomputers, Martian helicopters and many other developer-centric initiatives, noted GigaOm analyst Chris Grundemann.
Happy 30th Anniversary Linux! How We Got To Know Ya
August 23, 2021
August 25 marks the 30th anniversary of the release of a free computer operating system that revolutionized nearly every industry and helped spread the open-source movement globally. Today, Linux is everywhere in industry as it dominates servers and networking; is the driving force behind cloud computing; and is the foundation of Google's Android and Chrome operating systems.
30 Years of Linux History Told via Distros
August 17, 2021
Linux entered the world of technology with little more than a kernel to call its own. That was the intent of a young computer science student from Helsinki named Linus Torvalds in doing this personal fun project. In 1991, he created code that would become the basis for a completely new approach to operating systems for computers. The rest, as they say, is history.
MakuluLinux Shifts Designs for a Better Linux Experience
August 13, 2021
MakuluLinux Shift is a well-designed Linux distro that blends several mainstream design concepts with performance features not found elsewhere. One of Shift's most unique features, which is greatly expanded in this latest version, is the ability to modify major design elements effortlessly. Hence, its name.
Outlaw Installer for Windows 11 Infected With Malware
July 27, 2021
Early adopters seeking a premature peek of Windows 11 via unauthorized channels may be in for a nasty surprise -- a dose of malware. Kaspersky Lab reports that an unofficial installer is in the wild that promises to install the next version of Microsoft's ubiquitous operating system on a user's computer -- but actually contains a malicious payload.
Corporate Participation in the Open Source Community
July 26, 2021
Many businesses find themselves launching open-source products at a rapidly accelerating pace without truly understanding either the benefits that come with it or the potential pitfalls that must be avoided. Let's talk about what open source means to your business, and how you can leverage it to serve both your customers and your business needs.
Tech Solutions To Beat the Heat
July 19, 2021
It's been a sweltering summer for those of us on the West Coast of the United States, and keeping power bills down when running air conditioning 24/7 is a challenge. This week, let's highlight technologies you can use to personally respond to the heat problem and deal with a world that is becoming too hot to handle. We'll close with the product of the week: Windows 365.
Clear Linux* Delivers a Lucid if Limited Vision of Desktop Linux
July 13, 2021
Intel's Clear Linux* has been on my radar for its ambition to sprint to the head of the pack. While it's certainly not the first distro developed by a tech heavyweight, it's a rare case in which a private company releases a distro with no direct commercial application. It's an experiment to prove what Linux might aspire to. So I took it for a spin.
IT Heads Wary Big Tech Will Taint Trust in Open Source: Report
July 2, 2021
A global study of IT business leaders praised the growing merits of open-source software amid concerns that big tech supporters could undermine its open qualities and collaboration. Perhaps one of the main takeaways is the optimism most IT execs feel about the future of open source. But that praise comes with a dire warning.
Windows 11: The Beginning of a New PC Age
June 28, 2021
Windows 11 shows a massive change in focus from earlier significant releases, which pretty much assures that the Microsoft's mistakes of the past won't be repeated, at least not under the current leadership. It also suggests a path to the next version of Windows -- which for now we'll call Windows 12 -- that could be even more groundbreaking.
Microsoft Lifts the Blinds on Windows 11
June 24, 2021
Microsoft has unveiled Windows 11 as a redesigned computing platform that feels familiar but has numerous changed components. It offers new ways for users to create, learn, play, and connect with others globally. Feeling familiar may take some adjusting, however. Windows 11 is built around a simplified user interface for productivity, creativity, and ease of use.
MakuluLinux Core Now Built on Forked Gnome
June 15, 2021
MakuluLinux is an ever-changing family of Linux desktops built on its own base around several heavily modified desktop environments. Core, the latest release, is an evolutionary redesign well worth trying. Most distribution maintainers focus on annual or semi-annual OS updates. MakuluLinux creator Jacque Montague Raymer continuously works to reinvent the Linux wheel.
Microsoft Sets 2025 End Date for Windows 10 Support
June 15, 2021
Microsoft quietly edited a document on its website over the weekend to reveal it's planning to end support for Windows 10 Home and Pro on October 14, 2025. The revelation comes just before Microsoft's "What's Next Windows" event scheduled for June 24 and amidst hints from CEO Satya Nadella that a major new version of Windows is in the wings.
Apple Raises Curtain on New OS Features at WWDC21
June 8, 2021
Apple on Monday revealed dozens of new features in the latest versions of its mobile and desktop operating systems at the kickoff of its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. "The emphasis of the whole presentation seemed to be making Apple products more useful for consumers," observed Gartner Senior Principal Analyst Tuong Nguyen.
Microsoft's Open-Source Pivot Is Creating a Great Place to Work
May 31, 2021
Microsoft isn't just building for the future. The company is focusing on tools that will allow an ever-broader group of people to program for themselves. At the heart of this plan is Microsoft's pivot to open source; and while there were several benefits of that action highlighted at Microsoft Build last week, an important one was left out -- which is that Microsoft has become a far better place to work.
ARM vs. x86 Battle Royal: Why and How ARM Is Pulling Ahead
May 24, 2021
ARM and x86 have been doing battle for the last decade. ARM tried to move into the server market and failed; Intel, which carries most of the x86 burden, tried to move on cellphones and failed. The battle for tablets is ongoing with ARM in the lead, and the battle for notebooks continues with Intel mainly in the lead. Let's talk about how this is likely to play out, because the winner may end up with all of the chips.
Garuda Desktops Put a New Spin on Linux Looks
May 20, 2021
The Linux operating system is many things to many users. It is not a one-size-must-fit-all computing platform like Microsoft and Apple provide. A prime example of Linux's wide range of functionalities is easily found in Garuda Linux. Not typically available in mainstream distributions, its large assortment of desktop offerings will challenge your computing passions.
The Great OS Replacement: How to Find the Best Linux Distribution
May 6, 2021
Picking the ideal Linux distribution takes research and planning. Not because Linux is a challenge. Rather, the Linux OS offers a seemingly unending selection of distributions to meet general computing as well as special needs for enterprise, SMBs, and personal use. Deciding which distribution of Linux is right for you involves a number of variables and factors.
Outdated Windows Users Flout Computing Safety
May 4, 2021
A recent study by Kaspersky revealed that nearly one quarter of PCs still run Microsoft Windows 7, which stopped receiving mainstream support in January 2020. Using an end-of-life operating system that no longer receives security updates is akin to driving a car with a brake light on, suggested Oliver Tavakoli, CTO at Vectra AI.
Red Hat's Virtual Summit Airs Latest Linux Technology
April 29, 2021
Red Hat concluded its April two-day Summit 2021 Virtual Experience with a hefty list of announcements and presentations by the company's innovative customers driving the latest open-source technologies and trends. One of the event's most significant announcements was Red Hat's plan to deliver the first functionally safe, continuously certified Linux platform for vehicles.
New Netrunner 21.01 'XOXO' Worthy of Hugs and Kisses
April 21, 2021
When I last visited the ever-changing Netrunner distribution, I said that Netrunner Linux still went its own way. That was its twentieth rebirthday upgrade over its then 10-year history in late February 2020. The same is true for Netrunner 21.01 XOXO -- now with more modern trappings. This new release is something much more reminiscent of the 1990's Linux Netrunner's look and feel. That is not necessarily a bad thing.
A Linux Safari to Classify the Genus of This Penguin
April 12, 2021
Recently, I took an interest in poking at Gentoo a bit. In the eyes of many desktop Linux users, it's considered a rite of passage to install this historically significant distribution. This curiosity sent me on a much more interesting Linux safari to explore what truly differentiates distributions. What follows is the classification field guide I wish I had when I began my Linux journey.
Latest LinDoz: An Ideal Windows-to-Linux Crossover
March 29, 2021
MakuluLinux is an unusually creative operating system that developer Jacque Montague Raymer is constantly changing with each major upgrade. Some of these changes are radical and innovative. Trust me on this point. I have had my hands on so many Linux varieties that the really good ones are in a league of their own. MakuluLinux is at the top of that list.
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