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How Ironic: Harman Kardon’s Microsoft Cortana Speaker Is Powered by Linux

And since Cortana is the key feature of this little device, it only makes sense for Harman Kardon to turn to Windows 10 to power the device. And yet, it looks like the so-called Harman Kardon is actually running Linux.

FLOSS Weekly 422: Arduino Update

This week's guest, Kathy Giori, manages Arduino's US business operations, establishes strategic partnerships, engages in Maker community and open source software events, looks for ways to boost Arduino education and training, and volunteers for workshops and hackathons.

Microsoft issues critical security patches, but leaves zero-day flaws at risk

Windows users will have to wait another three weeks to patch two serious vulnerabilities with exploit code when Microsoft's regular patching schedule resumes.

5 Signs That Show You’re a Linux Geek

While Linux is certainly very easy to use, there are some activities surrounding it that are seen as more complex than others. While they can be all be avoided easily enough, they do have a certain, geeky appeal. How many of them do you follow?

Best Linux File Sharing Tips

Today's article is going to provide you with some useful Linux file sharing tips using common file sharing software. This article assumes two things. First, you're running Ubuntu. Second, you're comfortable typing recommended commands into a terminal window.

Hands-on: New PCLinuxOS installation images

Good news: there are new PCLinuxOS installation images available! I'm going to see how they work, and what else might be new, different, and interesting about them.

99.6 percent of new smartphones run Android or iOS

Of the 432 million smartphones sold in the last quarter, 352 million ran Android (81.7 percent) and 77 million ran iOS (17.9 percent), but what happened to the other players? Well, in the same quarter, Windows Phone managed to round up 0.3 percent of the market, while BlackBerry was reduced to a rounding error. The once-great firm sold just over 200,000 units, amounting to 0.0 percent market share.

Microsoft's monthlong patch delay could pose risks

Microsoft has decided to bundle its February patches together with those scheduled for March, a move that at least some security experts disagree with.

When to Use Which Debian Linux Repository

Nothing distinguishes the Debian Linux distribution so much as its system of package repositories. Originally organized into Stable, Testing, and Unstable, additional repositories have been added over the years, until today it takes more than a knowledge of a repository's name to understand how to use it efficiently and safely.

13 weird and wonderful niche Linux distros of 2017

Fed up with the bog-standard Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and so on? Looking for a distro that reflects your individuality? In this roundup we've discovered no less than 13 of the best, oddest and most useful distributions that Linux has to offer.

Let’s Chat: Windows vs. Linux

Windows continues to be the top operating system on the desktop, with market share analysts putting it at more than 90 percent share, followed by macOS and Linux.

Linux flagship Munich's U-turn: Install Windows 10 everywhere by end of 2020

Munich's city authority is a step closer to moving thousands of council computers from Linux to Windows, in a reversal of one of open-source software's marquee successes.

Hasta la vista, Vista

Microsoft will stop all support for Windows Vista in two months, ending the problem-plagued operating system's usefulness when it issues final patches on April 11.

How to choose a Linux distro for your old PC

Ready to give your old computer a new lease on life? Even if it's several years old and slow as molasses, you don't have to consign it the junk heap. Instead, install a new operating system and put it back into the rotation.

How to improve VirtualBox guest performance in five steps

Many data centers rely on virtual machines (VMs). In some cases, those VMs are powered by the popular and free VirtualBox.

Improving Debian Linux Package Management: Seven Tools

If you run Debian or one of its derivatives like Linux Mint or Ubuntu, sooner or later you come across apt-get and dpkg, the main commands for package management. However, these are only the most common Debian package tools. Over the years, Debian has evolved literally dozens of scripts and tools to make installing and configuring packages easier.

Top Ubuntu Mistakes: How to Avoid Ubuntu Problems

Ubuntu and similar distros are widely considered to be as simple as it gets. With GUI installers, being FoSS friendly is easy. For the most part, 98% of the best user experience possible is found out of the box by default.

How to use Zarp for penetration testing

Every network administrator knows that security is of the utmost importance. To that end, most admins understand that penetration testing is a necessity for the discovery of network issues. One very powerful pen testing tool is Zarp.

How to encrypt VirtualBox VMs

If you want to add an extra layer of protection onto your virtual machines and you're using VirtualBox, encrypting those VMs is very simple. Here's how.

How to Install Ubuntu Software

Installing and running software is surprisingly easy with Ubuntu. Simply use the built in application search tools to locate an application title. Then install and enjoy it. Ubuntu like other distros has more than one way to locate, install and run popular Linux software. This article will share some of those approaches and provide insight on how each of those approaches work.

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