Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Right Now or Wait Until Tomorrow and Pay $119.99

Microsoft is about to close the very last loophole allowing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. This means that those who haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 10 using either the original promo that allowed the switch at no cost in the first 12 months after the launch of OS or the accessibility loophole will have to pay $119.99 for a Home SKU license. Microsoft allowed Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 at no extra cost if the switch was... Read more

How to Identify a Bad VPN

You may use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) because it offers enhanced security features or because it can give you access to sites that would usually be blocked. Whatever your reason, use a VPN because it offers you a variety of useful options. Sure, you may suspect that it could have its drawbacks, but you might not think that it’s something to worry about. Actually, if you’re not careful and choose the wrong VPN, you could be sharing more information than you’d like. Discover how you can spot a bad... Read more

Toughened up SODIMM-style COM taps i.MX8M

CompuLab’s rugged, 68 x 42mm “CL-SOM-iMX8” computer-on-module runs Yocto or Android on NXP’s dual- or quad-core Cortex-A53 i.MX8M, with up to 4GB LPDDR4, up to 64GB eMMC, onboard wireless, and PCIe and HDMI 2.0 support. CompuLab’s CL-SOM-iMX8 COM, which ships with an optional SBC-iMX8 Evaluation Kit, shares many features with Variscite’s recently announced DART-MX8M module, […] Read more

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Wallpaper Contest Welcomes Talented Photographers and Artists

The Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase tradition continues this year for the upcoming Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, opening its doors to talented photographers and artists around the world.Announced today by Ubuntu member Nathan Haines, Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is now officially open for submissions, and since Ubuntu 18.04 it’s an LTS (Long-Term Support) version, which Canonical will support for the next five years with software and security updates, it’s more than a wallpaper contest. Well, of course, it’s not a contest, because you won’t... Read more

SpiderOak ONE 2TB Cloud Storage: One-Year Subscription

Having a secure backup for important documents, photos and files is a top priority for many individuals and businesses. SpiderOak ONE makes it really easy to protect your files from data loss and ransomware by providing a secure and reliable backup solution with end-to-end encryption. You can get a one-year subscription right now for just a fraction of the price. Here’s what is included in this deal: Get 2TB of cloud storage from SpiderOak ONE Recovery feature can restore your data to its proper state before ransomware hits Seamlessly sync... Read more

How to Install MATE Alongside Cinnamon in Linux Mint

There are several reasons one may like having multiple desktop environments side by side on one Linux distro. User interface, resource usage, extra features, and stability are some reasons some keep multiple desktop environments. Linux Mint comes in different versions, with different desktop environments and default applications. Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce, and KDE are just some of the different versions of Linux Mint. Initially, you have to install one of these. Then, you can later install another desktop environment on top of it and run them side by side. The Difference... Read more

KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS Enters Beta, Brings Unified Look and Phone Integration

The KDE Project announced a few moments ago the release of the beta version of the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.12 LTS desktop environment for GNU/Linux operating systems. Designed as the next long-term support (LTS) version of the popular desktop environment, replacing the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS on users’ computers when it will be out early next month, KDE Plasma 5.12 is an important milestone that introduces numerous stability and reliability improvements, along with a bunch of new and long-anticipated features. One of the most important changes in KDE Plasma 5.12... Read more

Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 4.6 Linux OS Released with Meltdown and Spectre Fixes

Porteus Linux developer Tomasz Jokiel announced today the release and immediate availability for download of the Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0 Gentoo Linux-based operating system. Including all the upstream security and software updates from the Gentoo Linux repositories as of January 14, 2018, Porteus Kiosk 4.6.0 is powered by the Linux 4.14.13 kernel and includes the Mozilla Firefox 52.5.3 ESR and Google Chrome 63.0.3239.132 web browsers, protecting users against the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities that have been publicly disclosed earlier this month. “This release fixes Meltdown attack and partially mitigates Spectre... Read more

ZAP Provides Automated Security Tests in Continuous Integration Pipelines

Commonly, a mixture of open source and expensive proprietary tools are shoehorned into a pipeline to perform tests on nightly as well as ad hoc builds. However, anyone who has used such tests soon realizes that the maturity of a smaller number of time-honored tests is sometimes much more valuable than the extra detail you get by shoehorning too many tests into the pipe then waiting three hours for a nightly build to complete. The maturity of your battle-hardened tests is key. Read more