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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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something wrong at a fundamental level with Azure.

You know who created it ?

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OpenSUSE 13.2: Have your gecko and eat your rolling distro too

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Re: testing...

You can resize XFS (live) - you cannot shrink it though.

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Desktop Linux users beware: the boss thinks you need to be managed

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I'll wait for a KVM based solution or just use a desktop - VDI = pissed of staff also.

We are in the middle of a migration from vmware -> KVM at my new place of work - there is nothing that would see me stop this - KVM is like linux, it may not have the most user friendly tools but it is more effective in terms of speed (IOOP's), more flexable

VMWare is like Windows - loved by managers, nice shiny buttons - however less effective - using things like libguestfs (virt-resize) you can do things you simply cannot do with vmware - i.e say you want to expand a disk image, + FIRST partition or one not the one at the end of the disk + LVM volume size + the ext4 filesystem you do this in one command.

As far as I can see there is no way of easily expanding a partition inside a VMware disk image unless the partition you want to expand is @ the end of the disk - even then its more hassle to do with VMware.

VDI's are a bad idea anyway in terms of staff morale, monitoring employees will be far easier using this solution - the dev team here would probably quit if I were to implement such a solution.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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Re: Linux ahead(as per usual)

> Linux might be used in lots of embedded devices, but so is Windows.

That wasn't my point - its the amount of software available now.

Many applications will not be re-written for ARM - almost ALL applications are available for ARM linux.

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Linux ahead(as per usual)

meanwhile there is multiple well supported ARM based distro's for linux - and I mean distros that have nearly the entire software stack available (i.e 1000's of packages - no flash - but that is a blessing.)

Its easy generally for open source software to be rebuilt for ARM - closed source - not so much.

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'ANYTHING BUT STABLE' Netflix suffers BIG Europe-wide outage

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Those Linux users

Obviously its because they now let Linux users natively access their service now.

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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Re: smug

Launch chrome using 'google-chrome-stable --ssl-version-min=tls1' and the vulnerability has gone (at least in Linux)

Firefox is non vulnerable (Kubuntu 14.04)

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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Spacewalk !

- if you are a redhat/centos/suse based business get spacewalk (its free) - I have updated 300 + servers for the bash / heartbleed issue in one move (takes about 1 min)

The only issue is that debian/ubuntu are really not supported.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Wayland

By the time this is out Linux desktops will be running Wayland (or Mir..) which will put it ahead again by about another decade from windows.

I liked compiz, messing about with the amount of friction the windows had at work was fun...

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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

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Anyone know the greens stance on this?

Does anyone know the Green party's stance on this?

I ask as they are perhaps the only party with any residue of morals left and are perhaps more left wing than Labour/Lib Deads.

I can imagine they (as least in practice) would be against this sort of thing?

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: Some suggestions

They have Civ 5, once you start playing that you'll have no time left for anything else anyway.

There are actually 600 games now in Linux Steam.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTc1NDI

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Re: still early days

Kubuntu user here also !

Of the major desktops KDE seems to be better for gaming than any Gnome3 based one.

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Re: still early days

> sort their crappy *nix drivers and we're laughing

The Nvidia binary (non opensource) driver on Linux equals/beats Windows now - its only AMD drivers and opensource ones that are behind.

i.e - here are Windows 8.1 vs Ubuntu 14.04 benchmarks

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=nvidia_ubuntu14_win81&num=1

(hint - Windows loses nearly all tests)

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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

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Taxpayers were funding deniers?

Glad Microsoft have left the group, I wonder how much taxpayers cash (that we are all forced to give Microsoft) was used funding the group.

Would be interested to know.

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Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test

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Re: Shopping Lens served a useful purpose...

Just using Kubuntu is a better idea.

It fact its a better idea than using Windows also.

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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Re: Useless

Almost like they've just given up pretending the reasons they want to reduce out freedoms now.

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Re: unsurprised, but ...really?

This is how much the people of the UK care about freedom.

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Re: Priceless

QHCQ already store the content of communications.

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

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Re: Just another brick in the wall

Mother : Should I trust the government ?

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Re: relative degrees of shamefulness ...

Spending tax payers money with a company that uses patents to prevent fair competition - unforgivable.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Don't wait - upgrade to Linux

Your life will improve generally and you can sleep soundly in bed knowing your not funding an organisation that has such a malignant influence on all our lives i.e

http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2012/01/microsoft-hustled-uk-retreat-o.html

As well as various anti competitive/monopolist tactics they still use (ask anyone who sell Android products..)

(obviously you will still be FORCED to fund them through tax)

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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Re: Hmmmmmmmm.

The Tories removed that human right in the UK in 1994

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal_Justice_and_Public_Order_Act_1994

The Tories seemingly hate human rights.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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I know an OS that will save us all !

http://tinfoilhat.shmoo.com/

- Networking is removed as 'that's how they get to you'...

- Even reading the screen over the user's shoulder is very hard when Tinfoil Hat is switched to paranoid mode, which sets the screen to a very low contrast. !

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Torvalds on patents: 'Sane people know it's bullsh*t but making real change is difficult'

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move to higher operating systems...

I already have. Migrated to Linux in 2001.

Debian/Ubuntu/Centos/opensuse patch all versions of the software they currently support with equal vigour unlike some Mickey mouse company.

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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Only 1 OS is safe !

http://tinfoilhat.shmoo.com/ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinfoil_Hat_Linux)

- no networking (as thats how 'they' get to you)

- Even reading the screen over the user's shoulder is very hard when Tinfoil Hat is switched to paranoid mode, which sets the screen to a very low contrast.

- Power usage and other side channel attacks — Under the Paranoid options, a copy of GPG runs in the background generating keys and encrypting random documents. This makes it harder to determine when real encryption is taking place.

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

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Re: Here's hoping....

SteamOS is dualbootable now (in fact I have 6 os's on my PC - one of them SteamOS - the rest are all versions of Linux...)

Also SteamOS is based on Debian Wheezy not Ubuntu

Running phoronix benchmarking tests SteamOS has 50% less fps in various games compared to kubuntu or Arch/Gnome3.12 - I think its because they use the version of Gnome3.x in Debian wheezy (which is 3.4) and compositing isn't correctly disabled in that version.

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Drink me: Adobe pours Flash Player bug squash

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Google is though

To get the latest Flash version you have to use Google Chrome's pepper version.

i.e

https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/108086?hl=en-GB

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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

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No they run KDE generally

I have never met a 'power' user that runs Windows.

IF you want a desktop you can can really get to the 'guts' of then KDE/Linux is a good combo.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Kubuntu is an actual desktop however

I tried the new Ubuntu - its the best version of Unity yet (minus the Amazon spyware)

However it still stinks to do any work with - I tried fotr a few hours - then installed Kubuntu 14.04 which is by far the best release yet.

It is an actual real desktop, one that isn't designed for touchscreen and you can actually do some work in.

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Heartbleed mega-bug clean up shrinks Tor network by an eighth

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Re: Can Tor be trusted anyway?

Snowden trusted it enough to leak his info (he used the TAILS Linux distro)

http://www.wired.com/2014/04/tails/

And he knew what he was doing.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

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Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

Or Cinnamon...

KDE 4.x is the best desktop I have used for any OS.

Windows 7/Vista is essentially a KDE 4.X clone.

The menu bar/widgets, etc all came out on KDE first.

Windows 8.X is essentially a Gnome3/Unity clone (which is why its unusable crap)

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

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Re: nmap -O

The thing is that will not show info about backported fixes...

There is a test nmap script however here

https://svn.nmap.org/nmap/scripts/ssl-heartbleed.nse

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Xenon: Bitmap Brothers' (mega)blast from the past

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Re: Bitmap Bros...

That's because those machines were from a time before Microsoft's monopoly damaged computing and set it back 5 - 10 yrs.

An Amiga 1200 (from 1991) compared to a windows PC from 1996

The Amiga ran at 14Mhz and had a 2MB RAM, the Windows PC I had ran at 166 Mhz and had 32MB RAM

- The Amiga booted up faster (seconds for a HDD boot into workbench)

- The Amiga was more responsive desktop

- The Amiga was more a more stable desktop (only games ever cause crashes...)

- The Amiga has sound that didn't stutter ALL THE GOD DAMN TIME

- The Amiga's graphics although lacked the 3D capabilities seems far faster - and didn't stutter ALL THE GOD DAMN TIME - at 1996 I saw nothing as impressive as 'state of the art' on a PC.

- Everything cost far more in Windows than the Amiga, there were loads of software on the Amiga that just didn't exist for Windows (i.e music production.) and equivalents that did cost often 2 - 10 X the amount (for less reliable software)

Going from the Amiga 1200 -> Win 95 was like a step into the Dark ages.

Thank god for Linux.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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> Just a shame it's being used to automatically infect us :(

Yes Linux desktop users are pretty much safe from most malware/spyware still.

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777

Yes - most people who don't understand even basic security on Linux will try to get (as an example) 'wordpress' to run by doing the following

- chmod -R 777 /var/www/crappysite.com

- disable SELINUX/APPARMOR (as it's 'interfering' with Wordpress)

- Maybe disabled the firewall (after all they couldn't get their 'Navicat' to connect...)

i.e in order to get a (in my mind) badly designed CMS system they have disabled pretty much all security.

Oh and there is also the fact that a lot of people running their own webservers didn't realise that (a) you had to install updates (b) that was meant to be done by them...

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Q. Can your Linux PC run Crysis? OK, it can. But will it run natively? A. Soon, very soon

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Native Civlisation ?

That's all I care about - Civ5 (and Civ6..) natively on Linux.

Civ5 btw is faster (in terms of 3d speed and time taken for the CPU to move) on Linux -> via wine than it is real Windows.

For the 3D speed you need Nvidia at present.

The only limitation now is lack to DX11 support.

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Re: I don't get it

That is not the case now - at least with 'good' distros.

I run Arch and Opensuse - Arch has enlightenment, cinnamon, Gnome3 and KDE - no update of one desktop has ever negatively effected another (in over 2 years).

I have heard of people running Ubuntu unity and being screwed by updating other desktop components - not that I care about people who run Unity.

Gnome3/Cinnamon are pretty and good for home use. For work I can only use KDE personally.

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Re: Minty

Well you have Bodhi Linux

http://www.bodhilinux.com/downloads_desktop.php

E17/19 is insanely fast and uses low resources - would seem far faster than XP did... They will always support a non PAE version. (including 14.04)

There is also Lubuntu fake-pae (not really sure about that)

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu-fake-PAE

Of course there is absolutely nothing (aside from knowledge/skill) preventing you compiling your own kernel with any distro and removing PAE - that's one of the beauties of Linux and opensource in general - flexibility.

i.e something you can never do with Microsoft/Apple OS's.

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Wrong KDE version mentioned - its 4.13

The developers plan to use KDE 4.13 for kubuntu 14.04 - makes some sense as its 5 yr support.

The KDE 4.13 release schedule is roughly the same time as 14.04 release - this means there may be more bugs initially but better 'long term'.

That is unless done major breakage occurs

i.e

https://www.kubuntuforums.net/showthread.php?64692-Kubuntu-14-04-LTS-Schedule-Plans

http://ubuntu.5.x6.nabble.com/KDE-SC-4-13-td5053114.html

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

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Microsoft

And now Microsoft sell operating systems to the Commonwealth and they tell them that's secure...

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: A common API is definitely a must.

Like Ubuntu is doing.

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THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

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You know the best things about Linux vulnerabilities?

They normally get fixed quickly - unlike say with Windows.

Sometimes you can ever fix stuff yourself - with Windows often your at the mercy of one company to fix it for you.

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Re: Run Kryten Smug-Mode

Redhat support OS's for 10 years.

Why the fuck would you want to run a desktop using 13 year old software anyway?

If you run debian or variant of it you can generally safely upgrade to the next version anyway (which stick with a shitty old OS?)

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Whatever costs would be needed for a full scale migration of the NHS to Linux the savings over decades would outweigh those costs. Not to mention reliability and security - even the UK gov has said Ubuntu is more secure than Windows8/Mac

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-12-04-Is-More-Secure-Than-Windows-8-and-Mac-OS-X-Says-UK-Goverment-416016.shtml

It would mean the tax payer no longer forced to fund an anti competitive patent troll also, another bonus would be the tax payer would be funding technological improvements for the entire world, not Microsoft's patent lawyers.

I went to an NHS hospital the other day and on a large computer screen (used in reception) it had a post it note that read ' When you lose networking reboot computer' ..... It was running Windows - I can't imagine a Linux desktop ever having that note on - I wonder how much productivity is lost just in that one reception thanks to the NHS using windows - can only imagine how much productivity is lost for the whole organisation.

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Microsoft's licence riddles give Linux and pals a free ride to virtual domination

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Re: IOPS - KVM speed

Also regarding IOPS -

ftp://public.dhe.ibm.com/linux/pdfs/KVM_Virtualized_IO_Performance_Paper_v2.pdf

" It also details test results that demonstrate that a single KVM

guest can handle more than 1.2 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) at 8KB I/O request

size and more than 1.5 million IOPS at 4KB and smaller request sizes – the

highest storage I/O performance ever reported in a virtualized environment."

So your statement regarding VMWARE /HyperV IOPS speed being greater than KVM was just plain wrong....

I can only assume your benchmarking was also.

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Re: "the familiarity of Windows"

Some people were blessed knowing computing before Windows Monopoly damaged computing in the mid 90's and will never be happy using it - thank fuck.

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Re: KVM = fastest Windows Virtualisation performance

Did you house your Windows VM in an LVM partition, instead of a QCOW image?

Only when I do that coupled with the cache settings NONE/NATIVE does Windows IO speed outperform other types of virtualisation - i.e you NEED to install inside an LVM partition (and use Virtio drivers to get 'proper' speed)

Also your wrong about IOPS. KVM currently holds the IOP's world record...

http://forsetti.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/kvm-technology-review-and-roadmap-update/

'KVM has achieved World Record IOPS: 1,402,720 IOPS on a IBM x3850 X5 for 8KB request using 7 SCSI pass-through devices.. For 1 KB requests, can achieve 1.65M IOPS.'

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