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The death of Windows 7 was seen by many as a major opportunity for the Linux world to gain new users, especially as many of the devices where Microsoft’s 2009 operating system was installed were running on old hardware.
If you don't want to upgrade from Windows 7 or are sick of Windows 10, here's how to finally make the switch to Linux and install apps.
Windows 10 is already the number one desktop operating system, having reached 900 million active devices only recently, but on the other hand, Windows 7 remains a major pain in the neck for Microsoft.
Support for Windows 7 will end in January 2020. Microsoft probably hopes the moribund operating system's users will switch to Windows 10, but the South Korean government plans to switch its machines over to a Linux distribution instead, according to a May 17 report from The Korea Herald.
By mid-2019, most people are fully entrenched with their favorite operating system choice. But, if you're upgrading from an old machine, you might want to re-evaluate your options. If you're choosing an operating system for your desktop or laptop computer, there are three main choices: Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
If we pay for it, we should be able to use it. Perhaps because many free software coders have been outsiders
and rebels, less attention is paid to the use of open source in
government departments than in other contexts. It's
unfortunate that the most famous attempt to convert a government
IT system from proprietary code to open source—the city of
Munich—proved such a difficult experience. Although last year saw a
decision to move back to Windows, that seems to be more
a failure of IT management, than of the code itself.
Ready to make the move from iOS to Android? Here's everything you need to successfully switch from an iPhone to a Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel or any other Android device.
Despite failing on some devices, like mobile, Microsoft’s Windows continues to be the number one choice on the desktop, with third-party data indicating a market share that’s close to 90 percent.
Testing microservices is hard. I learned just how hard it could be when I first dived into a tech stack with seven separate microservices, each with its own code base, dependency management, feature branches, and database schema—which also happened to have a unique set of migrations.
Talk about hectic.
The approach I took was to run everything locally. That meant that whenever I wanted to run end-to-end tests, I needed to go through the following five steps for each of the seven microservices:
The Spanish city of Barcelona just announced a few days ago that it will migrate desktops from MS Windows / MS Office to free alternatives. The question is why countries like Bangladesh are not making similar moves.
Sysadmins who lived through Katrina, Sandy, and other disasters share real-world advice for anyone responsible for IT during an emergency.
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?
At this year's Percona Live?open source database conference, I'll be discussing automatic MySQL schema management with Skeema. Skeema solves many problems that software engineers and DBAs encounter when managing migrations. How can they keep schemas in sync across development, staging, and production systems?
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."
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.
Three Windows users whose computers were upgraded to Windows 10 decided to file a lawsuit against Microsoft after the operating system caused loss of data and hardware damage, which in the end led to substantial costs for each of them.
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.
Sales slowdown catches up with the Mac, which cedes share to Windows and Linux
There is little worse than deciding "you've had it up to here" with a particular vendor, only to discover that due to vendor lock-in, migrating away from the vendor's proprietary platform would cost enough to put your company in the bankruptcy courts.
There is so much about QtCon and all its diversity and enthusiasm right from the Traffic Cone hats to the Ratatouille to the parallel KDE, FSFE, Qt tracks that all of it can't be summed up even across numerous dot stories. So this article in particular aims at giving a detailed summary of some of the talks not covered in the previous dot story and a more detailed version of the lightning talks for those who prefer a quick read over watching videos.
Here are my notes about how to change the system hard disk on a GNU/Linux computer. This comes handy when upgrading from a ?spinning rust? boot drive to a much quicker solid-state drive (SSD).
How many times have you been in a situation where the drive housing your VirtualBox virtual machines ran out of space? Or maybe you were simply migrating from one server or drive to another? When that happened, you may have discovered that VirtualBox doesn't have a built-in tool to help you move those VMs. It is, however, possible...albeit a bit convoluted.
We may be nearing time for a fond farewell to desktop Linux.
Following on last year's bold announcement that they will attempt to migrate from proprietary Microsoft Office products to an open-source alternative like LibreOffice, Italy's Ministry of Defense now expects to save up to 29 million Euro with this move.
Free/Open-source software means that Bangladeshi companies don’t have to be dependent on expensive, foreign technology vendors
Open source software thrives in government and is in some ways a technical expression of democracy: engineers building common ground and forging a more open and free future for all.
It recently occurred to me that I've been running Linux on my computers for about thirteen years. I'll be the first to admit, it doesn't seem all that long ago. But as I reflected upon my switch over to Linux, I began to realize that there wasn't a single event that pushed me over to the Linux desktop. In reality, it was a series of events and discoveries. This article will explain how my switch to Linux came to pass.
If you own a system with an Intel 6th generation Core processor—more memorably known as Skylake—and run Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you'll have to think about upgrading to Windows 10 within the next 18 months. Microsoft announced today that after July 17, 2017, only the "most critical" security fixes will be released for those platforms and those fixes will only be made available if they don't "risk the reliability or compatibility" of Windows 7 and 8.1 on other (non-Skylake) systems.
Can it run Linux? Yes, we're just as tired of the Web joke as anyone else, but it is a fair question for some devices—especially gaming consoles, which are basically just computers in a different form factor than what you're used to seeing under (or on top of) your office desk.
For years, I've wondered why anyone still bothers with proprietary software. Around the turn of the millennium, they might not have found an open source alternative, but today, that situation is rare enough that it comes as a surprise.
Free software's use in public sector in top three of votes for "Digital Republic"
Since Valve started publicly talking about its own Linux-powered "Steam Boxes" about three years ago now, we've wondered what kind of effect a new gaming-focused OS would have on overall PC gaming performance. On the one hand, Valve said back in 2012 that it was able to get substantial performance increases on an OpenGL-powered Linux port of Left 4 Dead 2. On the other hand, developers I talked to about SteamOS development earlier this year told me that the state of Linux's drivers, OpenGL tools, and game engines often made it hard to get Windows-level performance on SteamOS, especially if a game was built with DirectX in mind in the first place.
How do you choose a Linux desktop for beginners? The answer is more complicated than usually admitted. Besides ease of use, you should also think about first impressions, the quality of help, stability, and room to grow. These characteristics immediately eliminate distros like Gentoo or Slackware, but still leaves dozens of alternatives, none of which rate high in all these characteristics.
While Microsoft might be revved up about getting people onto Windows 10 as fast as possible, if you call your PC maker's tech support line, you might be advised to roll back to older versions.
Having just passed its thirtieth birthday, the Free Software Foundation has plenty to celebrate. Having begun as a fringe movement, free and open source software has become the backbone of the Internet, transforming business as a side-effect. Yet for all is accomplishments, the one thing it has not done is capture the popular imagination. As a result, I find myself wondering how free and open source software might present itself in the next thirty years to overcome this problem.
It's easy to forget how intimidating it can be when trying something completely new for the first time. This is especially true when a power-user comfortable with Windows tries Linux. Since I'm a power user of various Linux distros, Windows and OS X, I have some insights that I think people looking to migrate to Linux need to read. Let's get started, shall we?
With piracy-related lawsuits becoming a looming possibility, open-source software seems to be the answer
The short answer is no; the long answer is still no.
no, not really. Still this graph is a better starting point to discuss these issues than certain slogans. And also proves something important about Open Data
These days, I rarely give unsolicited technical advice. However, if people ask me how to explore and install Linux, I urge them to be systematic. To the average computer user, installing a Linux operating system is an unfamiliar procedure -- to say nothing of an exercise in unprecedented diversity.
Councillors from Munich's conservative CSU party have called the custom version of Ubuntu used by the city "cumbersome to use" and "of very limited use".
In my last two articles, I looked at the Django Web application framework, written in Python. Django's documentation describes it as an MTV framework, in which the acronym stands for model, template and views.
2 Weeks ago Clonezilla Live 2.4.2-4 was released. This release was still experimental, now a stable version of Clonezilla live is released; version 2.4.2-10.
I have converted many users, including my wife, to Linux in the past 10 years and and I am still going strong. If you do it right, Linux will do a better job for your users than Mac OS X or Windows … if you do it right.
Every since Linux first became popular, articles have been condemning its shortcomings. Hardly a month goes by without someone explaining what Linux lacks, or how it needs a particular feature, application, or service to be usable-- and, as often as not, the complaints are misguided.
Stross is welcome in these pages for that inclusion alone, but in the past we've also featured his declaration that Microsoft Word is ”a tyrant of the imagination” . And that was just for starters. He went on to call it “a petty, unimaginative, inconsistent dictator that is ill-suited to any creative writer's use.”
Stross yesterday returned to that theme in a series of Tweets that started with this one featuring his cat.
A few days ago I thought I’d never run something different than Mac OS X on my MacBook, but then I remembered how great Ubuntu ran some years ago on my old laptop. Apart from that my development environment was easily adoptable to Ubuntu and I really love customising stuff, so I made the switch to Ubuntu. That’s how it starts…
I want to make a rather bold statement here (though that isn't unusual). This morning, I was reading some of my usual tech news sites, which included reports of malware, Windows woes, and the usual litany of issues plaguing various platforms.
Microsoft will offer free upgrades to Windows 10 -- the next version of its operating system -- first for Windows 8.1 users and then for Windows 7 users, the company announced Wednesday.
Two years on, switching from a MacBook Pro to a Chromebook was the right answer for this geek.
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