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Microsoft says 40 percent of all VMs in Azure now are running Linux

A year ago, Microsoft officials said nearly a third of all the VMs on Azure were running Linux. Now it's 40 percent.

So what can you actually do with Linux? A guide for beginners

Linux is perfect for everyday tasks like browsing, emailing, photo management, financial management, and much more. Here's an overview.

An $89 Raspberry Pi rival

A low-cost, pocket-sized computer will be released this year that will run Android Marshmallow...

How to protect Samba from the SambaCry exploit

You've already heard of WannaCry, a ransomware attack that can lock down data on Windows machines. This particular exploit comes by way of an SMB vulnerability. Naturally, if you use Linux you know about Samba; but did you also know that, according to CVE-2017-7494:

'It's easier than Linux, so what's the problem?'

Sysadmin pilot fish is working for a big defense contractor, and when it comes to Unix and Linux, he's got decades of experience.

NHS mulling Ubuntu switch after Windows XP fail?

The NHS could be considering switching its software infrastructure from Windows to Ubuntu, after Windows XP vulnerabilities were exploited in the recent cyber attack that crippled the National Health Service. Or is it just an elaborate gag?

WannaCrypt makes an easy case for Linux

Ransomware is on the rise. On a single day, WannaCrypt held hostage over 57,000 users worldwide, demanding anywhere between $300-$600 in Bitcoin. Don't pay up and you'll not be seeing your data again. Before I get into the thrust of this piece, if anything, let WannaCrypt be a siren call to everyone to backup your data. Period. End of story. With a solid data backup, should you fall prey to ransomware, you are just an OS reinstall and a data restore away from getting back to work.

Want a Raspberry Pi-powered PC? This $50 case turns the Pi into a desktop

Raspberry Pi manufacturer Premier Farnell has released the Pi Desktop, a case that offers most of what you need to build a Pi-based PC.

10 more quick tips to make Linux networking easier

If you either work on a Linux desktop, or administer a Linux server, there might be times when frustration sets in over networking issues. Although Linux has made significant advances over the years, there are still instances where the standard troubleshooting or optimizations won't work. To that end, you need to have some tricks and tips up your sleeve to make your life easier.

How to mount an encrypted Linux home directory to salvage data

Let's say you've been using a Linux machine for either a desktop or a server. During the installation you opted to have the home directory encrypted and, at some point (for whatever reason) the system will no longer boot. Is that encrypted data lost? With a little bit of work, no. I want to walk you through the process of recovering the data from your encrypted home directory. This process will require a working Linux machine with the drive containing the encrypted home directory attached and mounted. Your best bet is to handle this process on the likes of one of the more recent Ubuntu releases, as it will ensure your drive is automatically mounted when you attach it. You will also need the encryption password you created to protect your home directory.

What is Windows 10 S?

The most important part of the Windows 10 S configuration is a setting that prevents it from running any apps that aren't included with Windows 10 or available through the Windows Store.

Think open source is a meritocracy? It is, but only if no one knows you're a woman

Of course, it would be ridiculous to suggest that women coders should hide their gender to achieve greater acceptance.

How to prevent a Chromebook from running out of memory

If you're a heavy Chromebook user, and you find your device constantly giving you an "out of memory" error, or if you find data in older browser tabs simply disappearing, your device doesn't have enough memory to handle your workload. Fortunately there's a way to fix this.

EFF Says Google Chromebooks Are Still Spying on Students

Google still hasn't shed its "bad guy" clothes when it comes to the data it collects on underage students. In fact, the Electronic Frontier Foundation says the company continues to massively collect and store information on children without their consent or their parents'. Not even school administrators fully understand the extent of this operation, the EFF says.

Windows 10: How to upgrade to run Ubuntu 16.04 on Windows

Running Linux from inside Windows no longer requires a virtual machine or dedicated third-party software.

Linux desktop operating system: A beginner's guide

Linux. What is it? At one point in time it was a niche operating system run by those who wanted to show off their PC prowess and feel more alternative and l33t than the rest. But something happened on the way to the convention — Linux became accepted. Not only did this platform become accepted, it was adopted as a must-have technology by enterprise-level businesses, where reliability, flexibility, and security are key.

Is Mastodon the new social media star, or imploding black hole?

Mastodon is a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) decentralized microblogging platform. It is a piece of software that has been written by Eugen Rochko to enable users to use the social network as an "alternative to commercial platforms."

How to upgrade the Linux kernel with a handy GUI

There are certain Linux distributions that always seem to be behind the curve, when it comes to kernel updates. One such distribution is Ubuntu. There's a reason for that (of course); Ubuntu always wants to ensure the best possible user experience. To that end, the platform tends to lag behind a bit in the kernel sector.

Why users are keeping Linux from gaining market share

I've been using Linux now for 20 years. I was one of those, back in the old days, willing to jump ship on Windows, even though the alternative was, at times, an incredibly frustrating challenge. But then, I happen to also be one of those who loves a good challenge.

Linux Who? Windows Still King of the Desktop

Linux has become a more powerful alternative to Windows, there’s no doubt about that, but this still doesn’t necessarily mean Microsoft is anywhere close to losing the number one desktop on the desktop.

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