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Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:02:10 GMT

Devuan 'Jessie' is done and will get long term support beyond the life of Debian Jessie

POLL The self-described “Veteran Unix Admin collective” that in 2014 promised to give the world a cut of Debian without systemd has delivered: Devuan 1.0.0 LTS hit the web today.…




Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:01:09 GMT

Elementary OS, my dear penguin?

With the death of Unity, Canonical will focus more attention on Ubuntu servers, Ubuntu in the cloud and Ubuntu in the so-called Internet of Things.…




Google, Lyft, IBM mix microservices into management mesh

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:12:42 GMT

Kubernetes cluster cat herding, brought to you by Istio

Microservices architecture, in which monolithic apps get broken down into a set of distinct services, goes well with containers and orchestration.…




Google starts enterprise support for Chrome, including top SaaS apps

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:59:08 GMT

Lobs deployment tools at sysadmins, complete with Silverlight and ActiveX support

Google is trying to give businesses a reason to ditch Internet Explorer by giving sysadmins a new set of tools for mass deployment of its own Chrome browser.…




Redmond puts wall around Windows 10 for Chinese government edition

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:57:59 GMT

Middle Kingdom mandarins get their own OS

While much attention has been focused on the new Surface Pro laptop Microsoft has launched in Shanghai on Tuesday, the company also announced a special build of its operating system for China.…




IBM's ShinyHappy™ SAP Ariba deal papers over SaaS fail

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:02:05 GMT

Emptoris procurement product is being taken behind the shed just five years after acquisition

IBM and SAP Ariba last week shared a stage and delivered the ShinyHappy™ news that the two are throwing their respective Watson and Leonardo artificial intelligences at “cognitive procurement solutions that redefine the source-to-settle process.”…




Amazon Drive bans rclone storage client

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:38:33 GMT

Presence of encrypted keys in source code runs afoul of rules

Last week, Amazon Web Services banned rclone, an open source cloud storage client application, from accessing Amazon Drive, inconveniencing hundreds or possibly thousands of people using the software.…




Emissions cheating detection shines light on black box code

Mon, 22 May 2017 21:36:03 GMT

But boffins say better tools are needed to nab scofflaws

Researchers analyzing the emissions defeat devices found in automobiles made by the Volkswagen Group and Chrysler Fiat Automobiles have developed a way to test software for misbehavior, but they caution that lack of visibility into programming code could pose a challenge for regulators.…




The eternal battle for OpenStack's soul will conclude in three years. Again

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:08:18 GMT

Beyond cars, toasters and American Gods

Comment After six years as a formal project, OpenStack has survived numerous raids and famines and now finds itself in a not-too-weird space of being boring, on-premises infrastructure. That is, “boring” in the good way of focusing on what users want and fixing existing problems, only chasing shiny objects – cough, PaaS, cough, containers, cough, orchestration – as much as needed.…




Hi! I’m Foxy! It looks like you want to run Flash. Do you need help?

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:58:13 GMT

Firefox 55 to get all up in your face if a web page needs Adobe's hell-spawn

Developers of the Mozilla's Firefox Web Browser have indicated that version 55, due in August 2017, will be openly hostile to Adobe's Flash plugin.…




Dell kills botched BIOS update that murdered punters' PCs

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:17:06 GMT

'Call our tech support... have you tried turning it on and off again?'

Dell has finally 'fessed up about the BIOS update that borked some customers' PCs, and advised punters to do what many have tried so far without any success – contact its tech troubleshooters for resolution.…




Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:29:12 GMT

You scratch mine, I'll scratch yours

Something for the Weekend, Sir? When I was younger, I had a chronic problem with fluff gathering in awkward-to-reach places.…




Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:25:05 GMT

Trust, independence, credibility – we've heard of those

Open source insider There's been a good deal of ongoing discussion about Google AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages.…




Mi casa es su casa: Ubuntu bug makes 'guests' anything but

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:01:06 GMT

Overly accommodating Linux distro can't enforce access policy

Recent versions of the Ubuntu Linux distro fail to limit system access for guest accounts.…




What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

Fri, 19 May 2017 02:00:36 GMT

Game of Clones: ArcaOS 5.0 promises to pick up where OS/2 4.51 and eComStation left off

An outfit called Arca Noae has released a new version of IBM's venerable OS/2 operating system, named ArcaOS 5.0.…




Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:02:14 GMT

Redmond's OS needs to be cool for consumers, but its best chances are with business

Microsoft presented its latest Windows 10 strategy to developers at its Build event in Seattle last week.…




The real battle of Android's future – who controls the updates

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:12:05 GMT

Google shows its hand

Analysis Nothing in the new version of Android O, revealed for the first time at Google's annual developer conference yesterday, is as significant as the changes to the way Google releases code to phone makers.…




Sorry Google, it's boring old workloads that are pumping up AWS and Azure, not sexy AI

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:11:27 GMT

Spend big or go home

Comment Google Cloud Platforms's chief thinks the service will surpass AWS by 2022. Speaking at Forbes CIO Summit in Half Moon Bay, California, last month, Diane Greene claimed Google has "a huge advantage in our data centers, in our infrastructure, availability, security and how we automate things. We just haven't packaged it up perfectly yet."…




You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:07:45 GMT

Appropriately named Panic has its repository raided after founder gets infected

The head of a Mac-centric software studio is coming clean today after a malware infection on his OS X machine last week resulted in the loss of source code for several products.…




Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs

Wed, 17 May 2017 23:17:59 GMT

Compatible with 'droid libraries, statically typed language is leaner and safer

Google on Wednesday said it has made Kotlin a first-class language for Android development, alongside Java and C++.…




SAP puts its heads in multiple clouds

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:34:11 GMT

Google, Azure and AWS all on board, the latter in a VMware-like managed service

SAP's decided the time is right for its cloud to play nicely with other clouds.…




Behold, auto-completing Android bug reports – because you're not very thorough

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:04:07 GMT

People can't be bothered to recount crashes, so machines are here to help

Auto-completion systems that attempt to finish your sentences when typing text messages or search queries can be a mixed blessing. Often, they save time. But they can also get in the way when they make incorrect guesses about intended input.…




Linus Torvalds stops personally signing Linux kernel RC tarballs

Sun, 14 May 2017 22:12:00 GMT

But Linux 4.12 rc1 made it out before Mother's Day anyway, thanks to new kernel.org plan

Linus Torvalds might just be a big softie after all. The Linux Lord, infamous for his occasional foul-mouthed criticism of those who don't meet his standards, has just popped out release candidate one for Linux 4.12 a day early so he could give his undivided attention to Mother's Day.…




For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge

Sat, 13 May 2017 09:57:10 GMT

The software hippies' minds are going to be blown over this one

A question mark over whether the GNU GPL – the widely used free-software license – is enforceable as a contract may have been resolved by a US federal judge.…




'Judge Java' to sueball-slinging smut studio: Test your pirate-hunting tools or walk the plank

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:00:54 GMT

Alsup wants torrent-chasing biz to work that IP detector hard

A grumble-flick studio will be blocked from lobbing copyright infringement claims at pirates until it proves its tools for identifying illegal downloaders work.…




Oracle crushed in defeat as Java world votes 'No' to modular overhaul

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:29:13 GMT

Dire warnings ignored, plea for unity heard

Oracle has suffered an embarrassing setback in its plans for a modular architecture in Java 9.…




TensorFlow: I want to like you, but you're tricksy

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:02:09 GMT

Wrestling with Google's machine learning framework

Hands-on Occasionally a technology comes along that changes the way that people work. Docker has had a profound effect on how applications are deployed in the cloud, Hadoop changed how analysis of big data was done and the R language has disrupted the statistics market.…




A bleary-eyed Microsoft wakes up after its cloud, IoT party, clears throat: 'Oh yeah, so Windows...'

Thu, 11 May 2017 21:22:59 GMT

A roundup of things you might actually use

Build At its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle, US, on Wednesday, Microsoft turned its attention to Windows and cozied up to competitors.…




Microsoft touts next Windows 10 Creators Update: It's set for a Fall

Thu, 11 May 2017 16:03:12 GMT

Cross-device clipboard, OneDrive placeholder files, mixed reality headsets...

Build Microsoft has announced the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, a second wave of updates to its "Windows as a service" operating system. The first Creators Update was released in April 2017.…




Microsoft backtracks: 'We are going to support .NET Framework with ASP.NET Core 2.0'

Thu, 11 May 2017 14:31:35 GMT

'You do not abandon your users' .NET Foundation chief tells El Reg

Build Microsoft will not, after all, restrict its open-source cross-platform web framework ASP.NET Core 2.0 from running on the Windows-only .NET Framework.…




Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

Thu, 11 May 2017 07:30:14 GMT

Beleaguered email client team gets its 'Dear John' letter

A little over a year ago, Mozilla started pondering the future of Thunderbird. And this week, it's decided the troubled open-source email client must sleep in the spare room.…




OpenWRT and LEDE agree on Linux-for-routers peace plan

Wed, 10 May 2017 03:56:07 GMT

There can be only one and it looks like the vote is bad news for the LEDE brand

Competing Linux-for-routers distributions OpenWRT and LEDE will soon vote on a proposal to heal the schism between the two.…




Microsoft's .NET-mare for developers: ASP.NET Core 2.0 won't work on Windows-only .NET

Tue, 09 May 2017 18:01:50 GMT

Programmers left with not-quite-as-good .NET Core

Build Microsoft has made a change to its forthcoming ASP.NET Core 2.0 web framework so that it is now incompatible with the Windows-only .NET Framework, causing confusion and annoyance for some .NET developers.…




HPE dumps Grandpa Software in Micro Focus care home, hightails it

Tue, 09 May 2017 13:04:58 GMT

Shares slip 5.2 per cent

The hospice bed that Micro Focus readied to admit Hewlett Packard Enterprise's sickly Software business is closer to being filled now regulatory approvals for the deal are in.…




Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

Tue, 09 May 2017 10:26:06 GMT

Early days yet but check out that silky-smooth UI

An enthusiast has compiled Google's infant Fuchsia OS and put the toddler through its paces.…




London app dev wants to 'reinvent the bus'

Tue, 09 May 2017 08:16:08 GMT

Why? Because, errr, data. And, ummm, apps

Move over, Blakey! Silicon Roundabout wants to "disrupt the bus". A shuttle operated by London-based app flinger Citymapper will trundle around the centre of the capital, demonstrating how incumbent bus operators are stuck in the Stone Age. From tomorrow, it's going to be smart.…




European Investment Bank tosses €25m to MariaDB

Tue, 09 May 2017 06:37:41 GMT

Finland, Finland, Finland, the place to build open DBs!

The European Investment Bank has decided MariaDB Corporation is worthy of €25 million funding under the European Commission’s Investment Plan for Europe.…




Oracle fires Java warning at IBM and Red Hat

Mon, 08 May 2017 11:25:54 GMT

Consensus not in the DNA, giant claims

Oracle has hit out at IBM and Red Hat Middleware for their continued opposition to its proposed plan to make Java modular.…




Debianistas get Jessie mass package update

Mon, 08 May 2017 01:04:07 GMT

Not a new version, but a bunch of bug-fixes

Debian hasn't released a new version of Jessie, but its Version 8.8 that landed over the weekend repairs more than 100 package bugs.…




Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

Fri, 05 May 2017 09:34:04 GMT

Fear not – there's life beyond the community lifeline

Canonical is killing its Unity convergence play and Mir display, but fans of Ubuntu need not panic.…




systemd-free Devuan Linux hits RC2

Fri, 05 May 2017 05:43:06 GMT

GNOME, KDE, and Cinnamon are now off the menu

Devuan Linux has released its second release candidate.…




Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Fri, 05 May 2017 05:02:08 GMT

Redmond's hot new browser counts '1,2,3,4' as '1,1,4,4'

Microsoft's Edge browser is the subject of an amusing new bug report, alleging it somehow manages to screw up printing strings of numbers.…




Fortran greybeards: Get your walking frames and shuffle over to NASA

Thu, 04 May 2017 06:28:13 GMT

Space agency has US$55k in prizes to those who can accelerate old code

NASA wants scientific computer experts to take a look at one of its oldest software suites in the hope they can speed it up.…




Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

Thu, 04 May 2017 06:03:09 GMT

We're gonna make 'em an offer they can't refuse

After Tuesday's big launch of Windows 10 S, it emerged the software will force people to use Edge and Bing. How can that be?…




US Navy developers test aircraft carrier drone control software

Wed, 03 May 2017 14:04:09 GMT

Turning a flying robot petrol station into a sort of maritime NSA

The US Navy has tested a software package that will allow aircraft carriers running it to use its planned drone air-to-air tankers for communications relay and surveillance duties.…




Massive Oracle sales re-org to accelerate cloud cash drive

Wed, 03 May 2017 10:45:13 GMT

On-prem product sales canned for Cloud Architects

Oracle is restructuring sales to make more money from cloud, with industry chat claiming layoffs are expected after the end of this month.…




Microsoft, Oracle sued: Tech duo accused of trampling DB patents

Wed, 03 May 2017 07:01:12 GMT

The University of Tennessee's royalty collection arm wants its pound of flesh

The University of Tennessee Research Foundation (UTRF) and Saint Matthew Research (SMR) on Tuesday filed lawsuits against Microsoft and Oracle alleging the infringement of database patents.…




Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

Tue, 02 May 2017 13:37:47 GMT

Windows 10 S will try to oust Chromebooks

Liveblog It's a warm day in New York City and Microsoft is holding a large press event that is expected to be the debut for its plans to take over some of Chromebooks' market share.…




Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax, Linux has been here before

Tue, 02 May 2017 09:01:11 GMT

Shaping up for a Red Hat or SUSE future

If the recent news that Canonical is killing its Unity 8 desktop/phone interface and Mir display server caught you off guard, it’s only because you haven't been paying attention to the ups and down of the Linux world.…




Rejoice, for Linux 4.11 has been delivered!

Mon, 01 May 2017 03:50:41 GMT

It's a big release for storage, shared memory, CPU speed boosts and touchy-feely types

Linus Torvalds has given the world version 4.11 of the Linux kernel.…