Want to buy a Dell machine loaded with Linux? Shame, as it appears that Dell Europe would really rather you bought a Windows-powered one, despite having a website devoted entirely to selling Dell Ubuntu laptops. And, oh boy, does it use some strange arguments to dissuade you from becoming a Linux convert. [attach]15934[/attach]Three years ago Dell went Ubuntu bashing, making it really pretty hard to buy a Linux-loaded machine from the vendor. The Linux machines back then cost more than the Windows ones, there were warnings about it not being compatible with lots of software and to top it all …

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It's hard for me to admit it but there are things, ten things to be exact, that I really hate about Linux. Sometimes I think it's just me but I do see other people stating a few of these in the forums so I'm at least not alone with some of these issues. These are in no particular order and they aren't just rants; they're legitimate problems and issues that I find annoying, destroying or cloying. Feel free to add your own to the list in the Comments section. [B]1. Too Many Good Distros[/B] - I hate the fact that …

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Which 12 year old operating system which is still running on 11 million servers is about to die? Yep, that's the one: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 reaches 'end of life' status on July 14th. One of the longest running discussions on DaniWeb asks the question [Why does Windows XP refuse to die?](https://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/microsoft-windows/windows-nt-2000-xp/news/294897/why-does-windows-xp-refuse-to-die) and I have my suspicions that we may be asking the same of Windows Server 2003 in the years to come. Which is fine as far as it goes, unfortunately that's not very far in terms of security as there will be no more security patches, updates or …

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Windows is, according to just about any security expert you ask, the operating system most vulnerable to attack. Unless the security expert happens to be from Microsoft, that is. So it was quite refreshing to see Microsoft admitting to a spike in attacks on Windows this week. [attach]15849[/attach]According to [URL="http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2010/07/13/update-on-the-windows-help-and-support-center-vulnerability-cve-2010-1885.aspx"]a posting by Holly Stewart on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center Threat Research & Response Blog[/URL] Windows XP and Windows 2003 are officially under attack. Russia has seen ten times as many attack attempts than the global average, and the UK has witnessed a "surge" in the words of Microsoft. Referring …

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I used to refer to [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Windows[/URL] as "The Infinitely Rebooting OS" and it has improved some over earlier versions but today was a different story and reminded me of those thrilling days of yesteryear. My question is why, Windows, why? Why must I reboot when I install a desktop application? Why must I reboot again when that application receives an update? I have to reboot for patches, applications, updates and installing Internet Explorer's latest version. Come on, give me a break. There has to be an easier way. I hear what you're saying, "There is an easier way, Ken, you …

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I'm a fairly prominent member of the Linux Community as a writer, contributor, and longtime evangelist for the cause and there are a few things I'd like the Community-at-Large to consider on my behalf. These are five things that I wish Linux had. Consider this as my wish list for the 2009 development calendar. 1. Built-in Paravirtualization - I want a distribution that is paravirtualized--that is to say, a distribution that comes out of the box ready to give you the virtualization you need as a hypervisor OS. I know there's projects like [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/serveredition/jeos"]JeOS[/URL] and [URL="http://www.proxmox.org/"]ProxMox[/URL] but I want a …

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So, Microsoft and iSIGHT uncovered another 0-day vulnerability; this time impacting all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and Windows Server 2008 and 2012. iSIGHT [has detailed](http://www.isightpartners.com/2014/10/cve-2014-4114/) in the wild exploits of the vulnerability, and points the finger of suspicion at state-sponsored Russian interests. The Dallas-based cybersecurity outfit explained that the exploit (dubbed Sandworm) showed visibility targeting Ukranian government organisations, Polish energy businesses and US academic organisations as well as NATO itself, and warned that there is an obvious potential for much broader targeting from the same and new threat actors. The researchers have been tracking at least five distinct Russia-based …

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Microsoft will stop releasing security updates, hotfixes and other updates for Windows XP SP2 on July 13th 2010. No biggie, you might think, after all Windows XP SP3 was released way back in April 2008 and since then we've had both Vista (perhaps best forgotten) and the much more palatable Windows 7. Yet despite the death of XP SP2 being absolutely no surprise to IT admins the world over, it would seem that a large number of machines within enterprise networks are still running that very version of the Windows OS. Qualsys reckons we are still more than a year …

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More often than not I'll be writing about the security problems facing Windows XP users, such as when I recently reported how a large number of enterprises are still running XP SP2 machines which will shortly [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story287954.html"]stop being supported by Microsoft[/URL] in terms of security updates, hotfixes and the like. So imagine my surprise, at the same time that [URL="http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2010/06/09/reminder-windows-xp-end-of-sales-and-end-of-support-deadlines.aspx"]Microsoft reminds us[/URL] that it's the end of the line for Windows XP netbooks, to finally get hold of a story about Windows XP being good for security. OK, so the report from the [URL="http://blog.webroot.com/2010/06/14/spammed-trojan-wont-run-under-windows-xp/"]Webroot Threat Blog[/URL] is a pretty damn …

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So here I am working on a Sunday morning, as usual, and I when I fire up my laptop (which serves as my desktop) a message appears informing that an update is being applied and it won't take long. Imagine my surprise when it turns out that this update appeared to be the long awaited and much talked about Windows 8.1 Update. ![4e3645163f0d7bcbf9f553fba86c8419](/attachments/large/0/4e3645163f0d7bcbf9f553fba86c8419.jpg "4e3645163f0d7bcbf9f553fba86c8419") The big news for me, and I suspected most Windows 8.1 users who actually have a keyboard and mouse attached to their device, is that despite denials and plenty of comments to the contrary over the …

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Microsoft knows it has to do something in order to claw back some kind of market position, not now but five years into the future. The culture of computing is changing amongst the young and hip consumer, and it's moving away from the Microsoft Windows-centric vision of the past. While Microsoft remains buoyant within the enterprise, powering business globally with plenty of success, the Seattle tech giant would do well to realise that even this core part of the corporate plan is not immune to the generation now effect. What consumers want today can, indeed almost certainly does, influence how …

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The EE Times [URL="http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=CK0UKKNE0NKJCQSNDLSCKHA?articleID=213402554"]reported[/URL] earlier this week that the Dell E4200 and E4300 laptops are running both Linux and Windows on the same machine. Why both you ask? The Linux OS provides a quick boot for checking email and other "light" computing duties while the Windows side allows "heavier duty" computing like running Microsoft Office applications. It runs with two chips, one from ARM and one from Intel. The ARM chip, provides instant on booting and is much more power efficient, while the Intel chip provides the juice to run apps that require more computing power. [B]It's Two, Two, Two …

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If you thought, or indeed hoped, that the Google Chrome OS would be a thoroughly modern marvel running web apps only then you are about to be disappointed. It would appear that even the brave new future of the OS cannot escape from the legacy of Windows. According to a Google software engineer, one Gary Kacmarcík, Chrome will support legacy Windows applications. In a Google Groups [URL="http://groups.google.com/a/chromium.org/group/chromium-discuss/search?group=chromium-discuss&q=Gary+Ka%C4%8Dmar%C4%8D%C3%ADk&qt_g=Search+this+group"]posting[/URL] Kacmarcík writes that the "Chrome OS will not only be great platform for running modern web apps, but will also enable you to access legacy PC applications right within the browser" through the …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]22213[/ATTACH]You may not be a big fan of Microsoft, but you wouldn't expect your computer to be held to ransom by the company would you? In recent months it has become quite commonplace, at least across Europe, for scammers posing as Microsoft technical support staff to 'cold call' people on their landlines and warn them that their computers have become infected with some nasty malware and offer to walk them through the solution to rid them of this imaginary infection, for a fee of course. They get you to visit a link that gives them control over your computer, and …

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Reports are coming in thick and fast about 'state-sponsored' zero-day exploits hitting business websites in the UK. The latest, disclosed yesterday by [SophosLabs](http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/06/20/aeronautical-state-sponsored-exploit/), involves an as yet unnamed European aeronautical parts supplier and follows on from another the day before involving a European medical company site. In both cases the same unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0 that can allow remote code execution, as detailed in [Microsoft Security Advisory 2719615](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2719615) appears to have been successfully exploited. ![dweb-fixit01](/attachments/small/0/dweb-fixit01.jpg "align-right") The vulnerability impacts users of all currently supported versions of Windows including Windows 7, as well …

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Microsoft Security Advisory notices do not, as a rule, make the media sit up and take much notice. Not least as they have become relatively commonplace over the years, but every now and then one comes along which may grab some press attention. Take [MSA 2718704](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2718704) for example. ![dweb-microsoftflamed](/attachments/large/0/dweb-microsoftflamed.jpg "dweb-microsoftflamed") At first the advisory with the expanded title of "Unauthorized Digital Certificates Could Allow Spoofing" issued on June 3rd doesn't hold out much hope in the immediately interesting stakes. However, when you realise that components of the Flame worm ([as reported here on DaniWeb](http://www.daniweb.com/software-development/news/424377/flame-on-complex-lua-and-c-cyber-weapon-fired-at-israel-iran-and-syria)) were signed with a certificate that …

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Microsoft failed to make tablets work with Windows for PEN Computing twenty years ago, so why are some people saying that it is set to dethrone the iPad later this year? Can Windows 8 really prove to be a commercial threat to iOS? [ATTACH=RIGHT]24152[/ATTACH]I still have my Compaq Concerto from 1992, which is generally accepted as the first ever mainstream Tablet PC. It ran Windows for PEN Computing Version 1, which was actually just Windows 3.1 with some rather rudimentary pen input add-ons included. Although I have sentimental reasons for hanging on to the world's first real commercial tablet, I …

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It's not often that Microsoft recommends that Windows users should disable a much hyped part of the OS, but that's exactly what has happened regarding the Windows Sidebar and Windows Gadgets found in Windows Vista and Windows 7. [Microsoft Security Advisory 2719662](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2719662) clearly states "Disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets can help protect customers from vulnerabilities that involve the execution of arbitrary code by the Windows Sidebar when running insecure Gadgets" and Microsoft even provides a handy [Fix-It tool](http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2719662) to do the job for you. So what's all the fuss about, all of a sudden? ![dweb-gadgets](/attachments/large/0/dweb-gadgets.jpg "dweb-gadgets") Well the simple …

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If you are a user of Adobe Flash, be sure to apply the latest security update if you want to avoid becoming part of an in-the-wild attack exploiting a vulnerability which currently seems to be exploiting users of Internet Explorer on the Windows platform only. Adobe has, however, issued an [emergency security patch](https://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-09.html) for Android, Linux and Mac users as well as those with Windows which kind of suggests it could be indicative of a wider problem with the software. ![dweb-flash](/attachments/small/0/dweb-flash.jpg "align-right") Adobe is recommending that any users of Flash Player v11.2.202.233 and earlier for Windows, Mac and Linux should …

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How will Microsoft differentiate Windows 8 in an already crowded Windows OS user space? How about, for one, with the use of a photographic gesture security system for logging in? The idea of using a photo to identify and authenticate the user is not without some pretty obvious problems (ambient lighting, bad hair day, forgetting to shave could all screw up your chances of using the computer that day) which is why Microsoft developers have thought outside of the box on this one. [ATTACH=RIGHT]23386[/ATTACH]The important part of the 'photographic gesture security system' can be found in the gesture bit. Instead …

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[URL="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2332430,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03079TX1K0000584"]John Dvorak at PC Magazine,[/URL] a grand old curmudgeon who never pulls any punches created a wish list for Windows 7. It got me thinking about my own wish list, so here goes: [B]1. Don't Make Me Wait Forever at Boot Time[/B] Nothing aggravates me more than waiting for Windows to boot up. It takes forever and seems to take longer with each passing version. I remember some time ago Bill Gates ordering his programmers to speed up boot time. They seemed to have missed the memo because it never happened, and if anything it got worse. [B]2. Gives us …

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[ATTACH=left]12481[/ATTACH]The New York Times [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2009/11/06/technology/tech-us-france-apple-louvre.html"]reported today[/URL] that Apple has opened its first Apple Store in Paris, underneath the Louvre no less, and just two weeks after Microsoft opened up a [URL="http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/22/microsofts-windows-cafe-opens-its-doors-in-paris/"]Windows 7 cafe[/URL] in Paris in another location. The idea of these two companies competing in a retail environment, and especially a Windows-themed cafe, got me thinking about what would happen if three cafes opened each run in the same style of the operating system it was named for. I figure it might look something like this: [B]Windows Cafe[/B] The Windows Cafe is in a bland store front. The furniture …

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Time to enter the Wayback ([URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WABAC_machine"]WABAC[/URL]) Machine to an experience I had with a new Linux user and compare it to today's more tech savvy audience. The year was 1997 and I had settled in for the evening with my [URL="http://www.guinness.com/"]favorite beverage[/URL] and a bit of channel flipping, when I received a telephone call from a guy who'd installed Linux on his computer. He didn't know what else to do from there, except call someone who did know what to do, me. The conversation began with him saying, "I've installed Linux, now what?" I was in business for myself, at …

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Apple and Microsoft have not had a lot of good press lately, but in spite of the issues both companies have faced, their quarterly reports released this week showed two companies that are still extremely profitable. [B]Microsoft Comes Through [/B] In spite of [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story295211.html"]giving up on the Kin[/URL] and a mobile strategy that seemed in shambles, Microsoft rode the wave of its old chestnuts, Windows and Office, to a very profitable quarter. They reported a "record fourth-quarter revenue of $16.04 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 22% increase from the same period of the prior year." Not …

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I saw a report that read, "Video game sales plunge in April." Software sales dropped by 22 percent and hardware sales dropped by 37 percent. What's the story, folks? Do you have all the gaming miscellanea that you can afford? Are you satisfied with your current array of video games? Are you using free games like the ones found in Linux? Wait, I know what it is, you're playing games off of [URL="http://mamedev.org/"]MAME[/URL] to regain your misspent youth and to try and regain the thrills you used to get when putting all those quarters into a console for three minutes …

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Microsoft [URL="http://www.zdnet.co.uk/blogs/davey-winder-10015443/microsoft-staying-silent-over-security-patching-10015776/"]recently admitted[/URL], via the Director of it's Security Response Centre, that it doesn't report every Windows security vulnerability discovered and subsequently fixed via patches and updates. No big deal you might think, as long as the holes get fixed that's all that matter. I happen to agree, however that most vocal section of Microsoft-haters the Mac and Linux fanboy brigade certainly did not. Indeed, there was much waving of arms and displaying of indignation that Microsoft was 'cheating the figures' by not declaring security updates so as to be able to claim it was more secure than it actually …

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I just read an article called: [URL="http://www.infoworld.com/d/windows/life-after-windows-what-happens-tech-if-microsoft-dies-551?source=footer"]Life after Windows: What happens to tech if Microsoft dies?[/URL]" The article made me think of what it really would be like without Microsoft. I didn't like it. We need Microsoft over there competing with us. No matter what happens to the economy, to the PC hardware format or to the demographic of the common computer user; [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] and Linux will never be "best buddies." And I know that "Linux" includes the major commercial Linux players: [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL], [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL] and [URL="http://www.canonical.com"]Canonical[/URL]. I know that Novell and Red Hat have both crossed enemy lines with …

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Hey Windows fans, would you like to take Linux for a spin to see what everyone's buzzing about? It's easy to do in just five easy steps. You can test Linux for yourself without having to setup multibooting, worry about partitioning or installing over your current Windows system. That's right, you can. Try out that Linux power and coolness for yourself using these five easy steps. Don't worry, you'll never have to leave the comfort of Windows to do any of them--not even to a command line. Let's get started! [B]1. Download Virtual PC 2007[/B] - [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=28C97D22-6EB8-4A09-A7F7-F6C7A1F000B5&displaylang=en"]Virtual PC 2007[/URL] allows …

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Have you ever thought about measuring the Internet in terms if malware per minute? Me neither, but someone has and it makes for uncomfortable reading if you are a Microsoft Windows user. [attach]17145[/attach]How fast is the Internet? It depends on the metric being used, of course, but one new report published this week has an interesting new take on this old question. How does four malware apps per minute grab you? According to [URL="http://www.gdatasoftware.com/"]German security vendor G Data[/URL], the number of new malware applications has already hit a record for the first half of the year with more than a …

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I saw this article yesterday titled, "[URL="http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20090220/tc_pcworld/studyfederalgovtcansavebillionsinitspending"]Study: Federal Gov't. Can Save Billions in IT Spending[/URL]," and feel compelled to comment. The gist of the article is that by switching to open source software, like Linux and OpenOffice.org, the federal government would save billions of dollars in IT costs. This is one for the "DUH!" category. It is such a "duh" moment for me that I feel like playing "Really" like Seth and Amy do on Saturday Night Live--so I think I will. I read an article that the federal government could save billions in IT spending by using Linux and …

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The End.