Microsoft, please stop doing things for our own good

For over 20 years, Microsoft stomped on its competitors and then defended itself against the resulting antitrust lawsuits. But with desktop Windows waning in importance and its desktop software rivals largely gone, Microsoft seemed to have turned a new leaf. Or had it?In the one software sphere left where it still has rivals — antivirus and security software — Microsoft is up to its old anti-competitive tricks. Late last year, Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the eponymous antivirus company, said, “When you upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft automatically and without any... Read more

Site Reliability Engineering for Cloud-Native Operations

Developers want to change things as soon as they can, while operations teams remain apprehensive that changes will break stuff. To reconcile these two drives, Google forged the path of site reliability engineering (SRE), an emerging practice for maintaining complex computing systems that need to run with high reliability. Read more

Digital Signatures in Package Management

Serious distributions try to protect their repositories cryptographically against tampering and transmission errors. Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, and Ubuntu all take different, complex, but conceptually similar approaches. Read more

GNOME Shell Is Finally Improving its Search Results Page

Search results in the GNOME Shell overview may soon look a little neater. Improvements to the look and layout of the GNOME Shell search list is being worked on as part of this year’s Google Summer of Code. The updated design, to be based off of a GNOME design team mockup from 2015, makes better […] This post, GNOME Shell Is Finally Improving its Search Results Page, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!. Read more

qOverview is a GNOME Activities Overview Clone for KDE Plasma

KDE users keen wanting to get a taste of GNOME Shell’s Activities Overview can now do so thanks to a new project. qOverview is a dashboard “inspired by” GNOME’s Activities. It’s written in QML and has a Python backend, which means it should be able to run on pretty much any modern desktop environment, including KDE Plasma. […] This post, qOverview is a GNOME Activities Overview Clone for KDE Plasma, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!. Read more

TRENDnet Update Firmware for TEW-824DRU, TEW-828DRU, and TEW-827DRU Routers

TRENDnet has rolled out new firmware packages developed for its TEW-824DRU v1.1R, TEW-827DRU v1.0R, and TEW-828DRU v1.1R router models, namely versions 1.03.b02, 1.02.b02, and 1.0.7.0, respectively. In terms of changes, the latter update corrects WiFi LED behavior and makes sure WiFi display (under Network Status page) notifies the status of the wireless radios properly, while the 1.03.b02 release adds wireless support for Canada and fixes certain Parental Control issues. When it comes to the TEW-827DRU firmware, this version adds online firmware check/upgrade and automatic bandwidth detection/test functions, implements the Portuguese... Read more

Critical Vulnerability in Microsoft’s Skype Made Public, Patch Already Available

A new security vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft’s software, this time in the Windows desktop version of instant messaging app Skype.Vulnerability Lab security researcher Benjamin Kunz Mejri explains that the stack buffer overflow bug, which is documented in CVE-2017-9948, exists in Skype versions 7.2, 7.35, and 7.36. The worst thing is that it does not require user interaction, and an attacker can crash the application or even execute malicious code on a target system running the vulnerable Skype version. According to the vulnerability report, it’s all because of a... Read more

Install Nginx with ngx_pagespeed on CentOS 7

Ngx-pagespeed is a free and open source Nginx module that can be used to speeds up your site and reduces page load time. It works by automatically applying web performance best practices to pages and associated assets without requiring you to modify your existing content or workflow. You can easily optimize various files such as CSS, HTML, png, and jpg using Ngx-pagespeed module. Read more

Mir Could Live on as a Wayland Compositor for the MATE Desktop

When Canonical jettisoned its over-egged ambitions of building a ‘convergent’ platform spanning mobile, desktop and IoT devices most of us assumed that it signalled the end of the road for Mir, its home-grown display server technology. Sure, Mark Shuttleworth himself that Canonical would continue to invest in Mir and, sure, he also claimed it’s being […] This post, Mir Could Live on as a Wayland Compositor for the MATE Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!. Read more

UK’s Largest Warship HMS Queen Elizabeth Runs Windows XP

Britain’s largest and most powerful warship ever, HMS Queen Elizabeth, has officially squeezed out of the dockyard for the very first time, but security experts are worried that it could soon become the preferred target of state-sponsored hackers because of the software it runs. Even though it cost no less than 3.5 billion pounds (that’s about $4.46 billion), HMS Queen Elizabeth runs Windows XP, an operating system that Microsoft launched in 2001 and which no longer receives support since April 2014. This isn’t the first time UK’s war machines are... Read more