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Microsoft hints at faster release cadence for Windows 10 previews

After admitting that it hasn't been seeding new builds of Windows 10 as often as many testers had hoped, Microsoft is gearing up to increase its release cadence. Redmond man Gabe Aul tweeted on Thursday that the software giant will have new builds of Windows 10 available soon, and even went as far as to suggest that risk-averse …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2015
Microsoft Bob

HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

Tuesday, 10 March 2015, is a day of infamy, for on that day in 1995 Microsoft gave the world Bob, the “social interface” for Windows 3.x and 95. In 1995 PCs were nowhere as ubiquitous as they are today, not least because they weren't very easy to use. Microsoft knew that Windows 3.x wasn't welcoming the rising numbers of first- …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2015
Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

Android 5.1 is upon us! Google has announced the updated operating system's release in the usual bloggy way. There's not an awful lot to get excited about in this release, which adds multiple SIM support, high-definition voice and less-labyrinthine menus for accessing functions like connecting to WiFi networks. The headline …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2015
A hammer and bent screw

Ouch! Google crocks capacitors and deviates DRAM to root Linux

Last summer Google gathered a bunch of leet security researchers as its Project Zero team and instructed them to find unusual zero-day flaws. They've had plenty of success on the software front – but on Monday announced a hardware hack that's a real doozy. The technique, dubbed "rowhammer", rapidly writes and rewrites memory to …
Iain Thomson, 10 Mar 2015

Microsoft: You'll get the next Windows 10 build when we're GOOD AND READY

Champing at the bit for the next build of Windows 10 Technical Preview? Microsoft says that although it has been silent for several weeks, a new release is coming ... soonish ... but you probably shouldn't hold your breath. "Today is 3/9 and we've not set a date for the next build," Redmond's Gabe Aul said on Monday in a lengthy …
Neil McAllister, 10 Mar 2015

Apple slips out security patches while world goes gaga over watches

While everyone was losing their mind over expensive watches, Apple sneaked out security fixes for iOS phones and tablets, and OS X computers. Both the OS X Security Update 2015-002 and iOS 8.2 address critical flaws. Leading the charge is a patch to squish the FREAK bug in the two operating systems' SSL/TLS code. Disclosed last …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Mar 2015

Google hires engineers to run Android OS on virtual reality gear – report

Google has padded out a team of engineers to beaver away at an Android operating system to power virtual reality devices, it has been reported. According to the Wall Street Journal, the ad giant plans to follow its well-worn OS smartphone path, by releasing a VR version of its platform that will be freely available online. …
Kelly Fiveash, 7 Mar 2015
An angry mob

Grab your pitchforks: Ubuntu to switch to systemd on Monday

The Ubuntu Project is set to move forward with a plan to make a controversial system management tool a key part of Ubuntu Linux. On Monday, March 9, the Ubuntu maintainers will reconfigure code base for the forthcoming version of the OS so that it uses the much-debated systemd suite of tools to handle core initialization tasks …
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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

Linux kernel developer Christoph Hellwig has sued VMware in Hamburg, Germany, over alleged violations of the GNU General Public License. Hellwig's suit, which is backed by New York-based advocacy group the Software Freedom Conservancy, alleges that VMware's proprietary ESXi hypervisor products use portions of the code that …
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CONFIRMED: Tiny Windows Server is on the way

Microsoft's plans to decompose Windows Server into a far lighter and leaner beast are real. On Monday we reported on the emergence of a Microsoft slide deck outlining a “Nano” version of Windows Server aimed at the cloud. Microsoft's now pointed to an earlier statement about just what it plans. The pointer came in a Tweet from …

Microsoft to Android OEMs: 'Show me the money'

Exclusive Microsoft has reserved the right to nail firms making Android devices running its Office suit for possible Windows patent infringements. The giant has decided against signing a licence with Open Invention Network (OIN), a group of 1,300 companies dedicated to defending Linux against patent suits. Signing an OIN licence could …
Gavin Clarke, 3 Mar 2015
First look at Windows 10 Universal App Platform

Microsoft opens kimono on Windows 10 Universal App Platform

MWC 2015 Microsoft's Windows 10 Universal App Platform has been explained in detail for the first time, at a developer event in Barcelona as part of Mobile World Congress. The project is "the culmination of our platform convergence journey with Windows", according to Microsoft's Kevin Gallo, who gave the keynote at the event. The term “ …
Tim Anderson, 3 Mar 2015
Android 5.0 "Lollipop"

Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

Updated Last year, Google said Android 5, codenamed Lollipop, will encrypt the contents of smartphones and tablets by default. Now it's had to do some backtracking. In short, despite Google's boasts that Lollipop will encrypt handhelds' data by default "out of the box," that simply isn't being enforced on all devices running Android 5. …
Iain Thomson, 2 Mar 2015
Sailfish OS

Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

MWC 2015 Jolla, the smouldering platform which was born out of Nokia’s decision to go Microsoft, has announced its new version of the Sailfish OS. The special ingredient in version 2.0 is security, achieved via a deal with Finland's SSH Communications Security, the company which provides internet-based secure end-to-end communications, …
Simon Rockman, 2 Mar 2015

First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

Ubuntu 15.04 is here – almost. The first beta of Vivid Vervet has been delivered, and with it have come images of the penguin flock that nestles on this OS. I looked at Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu MATE but there’s also Lubuntu and the China-centric Ubuntu Kylin, which I didn’t test. These are beta releases and …
Zombie rising from the grave

Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

It's the first Monday of the month, so time for us to have a look at desktop operating system market share again! Keen Reg readers may recall that last month it looked like peak Windows 7 was behind us. This month's data supports that hypothesis: Statcounter has Windows 7 dipping a little to 54.13 per cent and Netmarketshare …
One Windows: Windows 10 will be delivered on multiple device types

Microsoft working on 'Nano' version of Windows Server for web-scale ops

Microsoft appears to be working on a new version of Windows Server aimed at web-scale operations. News of the product comes via Neowin, which noticed a deck of slides titled “Nano Server: The Future of Windows Starts Now” posted to a Russian blog. The name on the title slide is “Refaat Issa” whose biography at Microsoft's …
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Google to tame Android's Wild Wild West to please suits

Google is recruiting Android app authors to help tame Mountain View’s Wild, Wild West mobile platform for businesses. Mountain View has opened Android for Work to build secure and sandboxed apps running on Android-powered smartphones and tablets. Android for Work apps will use dedicated work profiles on Android-powered devices …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Feb 2015
Vision Mobile Report

Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

A new survey of mobile app developers shows that Apple iOS is where the money is, despite Android's higher market share among mobile devices. VisionMobile surveyed more than 8,000 developers across 143 countries, and the ensuing report presents a detailed snapshot of the state of the mobile app economy. The consistent theme is …
Tim Anderson, 26 Feb 2015

And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

Apple's operating systems and Linux racked up more vulnerability reports than Windows during 2014, according to research from security outfit GFI. Cupertino's OS X and iOS platforms topped the 2014 bug charts with 147 and 127 holes disclosed in each, nudging out the Linux Kernel with 119 flagged flaws, the National Vulnerability …
Darren Pauli, 26 Feb 2015

Elementary, my dear penguin: It's the second beta of Freya

Review Elementary Linux has released the second beta of the imminent Freya release of its OS. Elementary follows a somewhat unusual release schedule of major updates every 18 or so months, with two betas at the six- and 12-month marks. That's not the only way Elementary differs in relation to other distros. Almost everything on the …
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Snowden's favourite Linux - Tails - rushes sec-fix version to market

Tails, the secure live-boot Linux made famous by Edward Snowden, has had a major revision release to Version 1.3. The new version, released after testing since February 12, combines various security fixes with new apps and simplified install, the developers say. The developers want to kill off the previous version, Tails 1.2.3 …
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Apple: 100,000 lucky people can test our flaky iOS 8.3 code – report

In a shock falling-in-line-with-industry-practice move, Apple is to conduct a public beta test for iOS 8.3. It’s the first time Apple has run a public beta for iOS, although there is precedent in that Apple ran a scheme for a million users with desktop operating system OS X Yosemite last year. Rumours from 9to5Mac have it that …
Simon Rockman, 23 Feb 2015

Debian on track to prove binaries' origins

Debian is on its way to becoming what could be the first operating system to prove the origin of its binaries, technologist Micah Lee says. The feat will allow anyone to independently confirm that Debian binaries were built from a reported source package. So far a project team devoted to confirming the reproducibility of builds …
Darren Pauli, 23 Feb 2015
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May the fourth be with you: Torvalds names next Linux v 4.0

Linus Torvalds has decided it's time for version 4.0 of the Linux kernel. The Linux lord has been wondering about Linux kernel release numbering for a while, notably in a Google+ post last week. He now seems to have taken the plunge, by declaring that the version of the kernel he's working in is “Linux 4.0-rc1” in this post to …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Feb 2015
Twilight Zone, 'Time Enough At Last'

Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

The year 2038 is still more than two decades away, but LWN.net editor and longtime Linux kernel chronicler Jon Corbet believes software developers should be thinking about that date now, particularly in the Linux world. Corbet raised the issue at his annual "Kernel Report" talk at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in …
Neil McAllister, 20 Feb 2015
Pushmi-Pullyu

BlackBerry's money-making QNX unit touts virty dual-OS devices

QNX Software Systems, the BlackBerry subsidiary that markets operating systems and tools for embedded systems, has released new virtualization software designed to allow device makers to deliver rich graphical UIs without sacrificing reliability or safety. QNX Hypervisor allows embedded devices to operate two OS instances at the …
Neil McAllister, 18 Feb 2015

Microsoft leaves the Rooms. How will Windows Phone OS users make to do lists?

Microsoft is axing a much-loved feature of its Windows Phone OS, Rooms, at short notice. An email sent to users yesterday announced that support is ending next month – long before functionally equivalent replacements are in place. Rooms was introduced with Windows Phone 8 in 2012, and allowed users to chat, share calendars, …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Feb 2015
Windows 10 for phone

Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

Microsoft has released an early preview of Windows Phone 10, and we put it through its paces on a Lumia 630, one of just a few supported devices. In the official announcement, Director of Program Management Gabe Aul does not refer to Windows Phone 10, but rather “Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones”. It's all part of …
Tim Anderson, 18 Feb 2015
Linux kernel development

Linux kernel dev has gone well and truly corporate – report

The Linux kernel is growing and changing faster than ever, but its development is increasingly being supported by a select group of companies, rather than by volunteer developers. That's according to the latest survey of Linux kernel of development by the Linux Foundation, which it published to coincide with the kickoff of this …
Neil McAllister, 18 Feb 2015
Wireless Armour Shorts

Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

Linus Torvalds is “running out of fingers and toes” and therefore wonders if it might be a good time to tip the Linux Kernel over into version 4.0. Torvalds has previously suggested version 4.0 could be set aside for a release dedicated entirely to bug fixes, but that idea didn't catch on. The Linux Lord has also previously …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Feb 2015
Human cannonball

Microsoft launches wobbly Windows 10 phone preview for Lumia daredevils only

Some four months after it unveiled the first build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has now kicked off the early access program for its smartphone OS, known as ... Windows 10 Technical Preview. The naming is in keeping with Redmond's insistence that Windows 10 will be a single operating system for all screens great …
Neil McAllister, 12 Feb 2015
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Datameer rolls out Hadoop-as-a-service for impatient IT bods

Big-data analytics startup Datameer is rolling out analytics-as-a-service running on Hadoop. Called Datameer Professional, the service targets potential Hadoop users unable to build their own large-scale Hadoop clusters or unwilling to wait for an enterprise-wide rollout. Datameer claims a number of big-name customers for its …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2015

Death knell for Windows with Bing, licences carved up

Microsoft is effectively killing off the Windows with Bing notebook market less than a year after it was created. The low-cost portables released last summer were Redmond’s competitive response to Google’s Chromebook, giving PC OEMs the Windows OS licence at a heavily discounted rate, and consumers responded positively. However …
Paul Kunert, 11 Feb 2015
The many moods of Cortana

Cortana to form CIRCLE OF LIFE in Windows 10

Microsoft has revealed more details of just how its personal assistant Cortana will work in Windows 10. The assistant's been given a visual representation based on circles, with the variations at the top of the story representing Cortana in different moods and when performing different tasks. The circles will appear as …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2015

Linux kernel set to get live patching in release 3.20

A collaboration between SUSE and Red Hat is going to bring relief to Linux users the world over: they'll be able to patch their systems without reboots. The live patching infrastructure looks set to become available in version 3.20 of the Linux kernel. The two organisations introduced their distribution-specific live patching …

Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

Upgraded your Windows Server 2003 yet? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Gartner reckons there are eight million Windows Server 2003 OS instances in operation, and SI Avanade reckons that of those instances, a full 20 per cent – 1.6 million – will blow past the 14 July end-of-support date. What happens six months from now, on 14 …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2015

Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

Windows chief Terry Myerson proclaimed the advent of Windows-as-a-service at an event last month. But what does that mean? A more recent post from Enterprise and Security Directory Jim Alkove offers some clues. First, here is what Myerson said: Once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current …
Tim Anderson, 9 Feb 2015

Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

Version 3.19 of the Linux kernel has been signed off by Linus Torvalds. News of the release emerged in a typically economical Sunday evening post to the Linux Kernel Mailing List, in which Torvalds noted there are still a couple of bugs in this release but they were pretty obscure so “... while I was tempted a couple of times to …

Brit Linux distro CrunchBang calls it quits

The British developer behind the CrunchBang Linux distribution has called it quits. Philip Newborough, aka @corenominal, posted his decision to stop work on the distro last Friday. “I’m leaving it behind because I honestly believe that it no longer holds any value, and whilst I could hold on to it for sentimental reasons, I don …
Ubuntu smartphones

Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

The first Ubuntu Linux smartphones go on sale next week, after more than a year of chatter about the upcoming release. Spanish e-reader and 'slab maker BQ’s Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be sold online only during a series of flash sales prior to broader availability. Ubuntu is using flash sales, announced via Twitter, as a …
Gavin Clarke, 6 Feb 2015
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RIP Windows RT: Microsoft murders ARM Surface, Nokia tablets

Microsoft has quietly pulled the plug on the last device to ship running Windows RT, casting doubt on the future of Redmond's ARM fondleslab OS. The software giant confirmed on Wednesday to The Register that it has stopped manufacturing the Nokia Lumia 2520, a 10.1-inch Windows RT tablet with a quad-core ARM processor, an HD …