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Microsoft is making a change to how it bundles the Linux kernel within its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10. Starting with the Windows 10 version 2004 update (20H1) that will soon be made available to the general public, the second version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL2) will see the Linux kernel removed from the Windows OS image and pushed out via Windows Update instead. This is essentially how third party drivers are installed in Windows 10 PCs, and according to Microsoft, the move to deliver the Linux kernel inside of WSL2 in the same fashion is based on hearing "lots of community feedback" on how the installation could be streamlined. Microsoft says this is the first... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that it will be expanding Microsoft Defender ATP to the Linux operating system very soon. Microsoft has been working to expand its security solutions outside of its own Windows universe. The announcement of the public preview for Linux is the latest move for Microsoft in its expansion. Microsoft offers no specific timeframe for the software debut other than saying the public preview will open "in the next few days." The software giant will offer preventative capabilities for Linux servers that will include a full command line experience to configure and manage the agent, initiate scans, and manage threats. The company plans to offer a Microsoft Defender Security Center... Read more...
Barring something unforeseen and catastrophic, Zen 3 is definitely making a debut this year. We know this because AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su has indicated as much on numerous occasions, including in a recent interview in which she also promised "Big Navi" (Navi 20) would make a 2020 debut as well. If anyone requires even more proof on the matter, just direct their attention to the underlying code being added to the Linux kernel. Interestingly enough, patches to the Linux kernel have historically been great at references new hardware before they are officially launched. And more recently, updates to the Linux kernel have served up references to things like Navi 22 and Navi 23, which are two unreleased... Read more...
Business cards are a staple in the business world and can help make a good impression. What kind of impression would you make if your business card not only shared your contact information, but also ran Linux? One embedded systems engineer did just that. George Hilliard created his own business card that can run Linux and shared the process on his website. According to Hilliard, his idea for the business card came to him when he thought, “These processors are nearly cheap enough to give away.” He noted that he had seen electronic business cards before, but their functions tended to be rather limited. He believes that his own Linux business card could be a great idea for larger business,... Read more...
Here is a bit of potentially good news for Linux gamers—recent Linux driver patches suggest AMD is working to implement to implement integer scaling support for Radeon GPUs, perhaps as early as next month. Nothing is for certain, but there are definitely clues to be encouraged. It's also worth noting that integer scaling is one of the most requested features. This can be seen by heading over to AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition feedback page. AMD lists 10 different options, and visitors can check as many of the boxes as they wish. The only caveat is that the results are only shown after voting, so that could throw off the results a little bit. Nevertheless, here's a look at the... Read more...
AMD's current generation GPUs powering its Radeon RX 5700 XT, Radeon RX 5700, and Radeon RX 5500 graphics cards are not the end of the road for Navi. We know there will be a later version that will support real-time ray tracing on the hardware level. As we wait for what comes next, a couple of unannounced, next-gen Navi GPUs have been spotted in a Linux driver. Credit goes to 3DCenter.org forum member Berniyh, who posted links to the driver details on GitHub. There are not many details to go on—basically just the names, which include Navi 23, Navi 22, and Navi 21. As points of reference, here's a rundown of AMD's current generation Navi GPUs, and which cards they each power... Navi 10:... Read more...
The Raspberry Pi 4 is one of the cheapest single-board computers around, and thanks to its substantial performance boost over its predecessors, it also represents a good bang for the buck if you're interested in learning Linux, or just want to kick back and play some of your favorite retro games in Lakka. The good news is, the latest version of the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Linux distribution, Raspbian Buster, comes with a new firmware revision for the tiny system which removes the previously imposed 2 GHz clock speed limit and loosens restrictions on voltage boosts, so of course we had to take it for a spin and run some tests.  Preparing The Raspberry Pi 4 For OC Action If you're interested... Read more...
Microsoft continues to tweak and polish an upcoming major update to Windows 10 that is scheduled to roll out in the first half of next year. As such, the latest Windows Insider 20H1 preview build (18975) contains some new things to play with, including the ability to move the Cortana window around to anywhere on the screen. This is tied to a new Cortana experience coming to Windows 10. Around a month and a half ago, Microsoft began rolling out a new chat-based Cortana UI as a beta update to Windows Insiders. It supports most of the same features, such as Bing answers and Assistant conversations, and over time, Microsoft will add more the mix. Now with the latest preview build, that chat UI can... Read more...
Microsoft is pushing out a new Windows 10 build to Fast ring subscribers in the Windows Insider program (on purpose this time!). The new build (18945) is a preview version of the 201H update that is headed to PCs in the first half of next year, rather than the one that will roll out later in 2019 (currently codenamed 19H2). It brings with it a handful of improvements, including ones centered around Linux. Windows 10 users who are also fans of Linux can look forward to a proper Linux kernel in Microsoft's operating system, with the release of the 20H1 update next year. In the meantime, Microsoft continues to tweak and test things through its Windows Insider program. For this round of testing,... Read more...
Pine64 has made a name for itself by producing single-board PCs that are competitive with the incredibly Raspberry Pi family. Single-board PCs are well-known not only for their relatively affordable prices, but also their versatility when it comes to empowering new form-factors. Pine64's latest venture is with what it is calling the Pinebook Pro, which is a Linux-based laptop. The Pinebook Pro is said to offer performance comparable to that of the newly released Raspberry Pi 4, and features a hexa-core Rockchip RX3399 ARM64 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a total of 64GB eMMC storage. Given that this is a laptop, we should point out that it has a 14.1-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080.... Read more...
Users running Linux on Microsoft Azure have now outpaced the number of users running Windows Server on Azure. The revelation comes from a Microsoft Linux kernel developer named Sasha Levin. Levin made the comment in a request that Microsoft be allowed to join a Linux security list. The use of Linux on Azure has grown exponentially over the last few years. Three and a half years ago Azure CTO Mark Russinovich said that one in four Azure instances was Linux. In 2017 Microsoft said that 40% of Azure VMs were Linux-based. Last year, ZDNet was told by Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive VP of the cloud and enterprise group, that about half Azure VMs were Linux. The increasing usage is no surprise;... Read more...
Most of the world might be running Windows for the operating system on PCs, but there is a healthy contingent of folks who prefer Ubuntu Linux made by Canonical. Dell unveiled new workstations in May that run Ubuntu Linux specifically for that community. Canonical didn't make gamers happy when it announced that it would end support for 32-bit applications starting with the next release. Valve also announced that it was dropping support for Ubuntu in Steam. The gaming community rallied against Canonical's decision to end support for 32-bit applications with enough vigor that Canonical has reversed its decision. It has decided to support select 32-bit i386 packages for Ubuntu version 19.10 and... Read more...
If you're an Azure customer running Linux Exim email servers, then Microsoft has a warning for you. Over the weekend, it was disclosed that Linux servers numbering in the millions were vulnerability to a critical security vulnerability in the Exim mail transport agent, also known as MTA. At last count roughly 3.5 million servers were susceptible to a remote execution Linux worm attack according to Cybereason, with the primary attack vector being a coin miner payload (which can present itself in multiple stages). The vulnerability was first disclosed in CVE-2019-10149 on June 5th.  Microsoft is warning Azure customers that while Exim 4.92 is not affected, Azure customers running... Read more...
Hell has not frozen over and last I checked, there are no pigs flying overhead. However, the latest test build of Windows 10 (18917) does include a full Linux kernel, which brings about a key change to the way way Windows accesses and handles Linux files. Not to worry though, the change is for the better, resulting in improved performance. The new Windows 10 build is available to participants of the Windows Insider program, who have opted for the Fast ring—this is the branch that receives test builds earlier in the development cycle than those that get pushed out to the Slow ring. As a result, they can be more buggy and "might be more painful for some." In this new build, Microsoft includes... Read more...
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