Review: Google’s Pixel C tablet is perfect…expect for one thing (and it’s not the software)

By Bryan Lunduke

The Google Pixel C is absolutely fan-freaking-tastic.

Except for one earth-shattering problem – and the software, despite what every other review on the Internet is saying, is not it. But we’ll talk about that later. First, let’s talk about all the amazing things about this tablet.

Well. It’s not really a tablet. I mean, it sort of is. It’s also a big netbook.

The screen is gloriously sexy. 2560×1800 resolution jammed into a 10.2-inch screen – continuing the Google Pixel tradition of amazing-looking, super high-resolution screens. No light bleed around the edges, crisp and clear. Just fantastic.

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As 2015 ends, Ubuntu Linux misses its 200 million user goal

By Jared Newman

With the end of 2015 imminent, Ubuntu appears to have fallen far short of the 200 million user goal it set back in 2011.

“[Our] goal is 200 million users of Ubuntu in four years,” Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth said at a developer summit in May 2011. “We’re not playing a game for developers’ hearts and minds—we’re playing a game for the world’s hearts and minds, and to achieve that we’re going to have to play by a new set of rules.”

As Linux site Phoronix points out, reports on Ubuntu server and desktop installations have yet to even pass 100 million. Ubuntu’s own website says the desktop operating system has more than 40 million users. Linux as a whole accounted for 1.61 percent of desktops accessing the Internet last month, according to NetApplications. By comparison, Windows 10 hit 9 percent of that market in November, the same month that Microsoft announced 110 million users of its latest OS.

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8 Linux predictions for 2016

By Bryan Lunduke

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Lunduke looks ahead for Linux

As 2015 comes to a close, the time has arrived to make predictions for what will happen in the Linux (and broader Free and Open Source Software) world in the year ahead. Will all of my predictions actually come true in 2016? Who knows? But I’m making them anyway!

We still won’t be using Wayland.
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That’s right. I’m going on the record and saying that, when 2016 ends, we still won’t be using Wayland. Oh, sure. Maybe the odd Linux distribution here or there might be shipping with Wayland enabled. But the big distros? Xorg, baby!

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Vulnerability in popular bootloader puts locked-down Linux computers at risk

By Lucian Constantin

Pressing the backspace key 28 times can bypass the Grub2 bootloader’s password protection and allow a hacker to install malware on a locked-down Linux system.

GRUB, which stands for the Grand Unified Bootloader, is used by most Linux distributions to initialize the operating system when the computer starts. It has a password feature that can restrict access to boot entries, for example on computers with multiple operating systems installed.

This protection is particularly important within organizations, where it is also common to disable CD-ROM, USB and network boot options and to set a password for the BIOS/UEFI firmware in order to secure computers from attackers who might gain physical access to the machines.

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Linux smartphones took a serious step back in 2015

By Bryan Lunduke

2015 was such a hopeful year for Linux on smartphones. At the beginning of the year, there was so much hope for what could be.

The promise of Ubuntu Touch being available on shipping devices was alluring. FirefoxOS phones were already shipping… and the future was looking bright. And Jolla was gearing up for a new iteration of their Linux-powered OS, along with a shiny new tablet to go with it.

Then – at the #mozlando conference on Tuesday, December 8th – Mozilla announced that they would no longer be working with carriers to ship Firefox OS phones. Mozilla issued the following statement, via TechCrunch:

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Microsoft to offer a Linux-based cert for Azure admins

By Jon Gold

Microsoft’s newfound embrace of open-source software continues with the news today that the company will now offer a Linux on Azure certificate through its Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate program.

Those who pass both Microsoft’s 70-533 exam and the Linux Foundation’s Certified System Administrator exam will receive the Linux on Azure cert from the MCSA program. The cert is available as of today, according to a joint announcement.

+ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD: 11 top IaaS cloud computing certifications + Are people abandoning Windows 10?

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Linux holiday gift guide 2015

By Bryan Lunduke

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Give the gift of Linux

Regardless of which of the various winter holidays you happen to celebrate, one thing remains certain: you’re going to be buying someone a present (possibly even yourself). And you’d really like it to be running Linux. Because you’re awesome. And that’s what awesome people would like. What follows are, what I consider to be, the most fun and/or interesting Linux-powered gadgets that would make awesome gifts this year. In order, from cheapest to… significantly less cheap. Let us begin.

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Can you keep Linux-based ransomware from attacking your servers?

By David Geer

According to SophosLabs, Linux/Ransm-C ransomware is one example of the new Linux-based ransomware attacks, which in this case is built into a small command line program and designed to help crooks extort money through Linux servers.

“These Linux ransomware attacks are moving away from targeting end users and gravitating toward targeting Linux servers, web servers specifically, with a piece of software that encrypts data and is similar to what we’ve seen in previous years such as CryptoWall, CryptoLocker, and their variants,” explains Bill Swearingen, director of Cyber Defense, CenturyLink.

As long as attackers can leverage the ease of coding strong encryption and the high availability of anonymous currencies and anonymous hosting, ransomware is here to stay, says Swearingen. With security organizations like SophosLabs seeing and tracking new variants of Linux ransomware, enterprises should make themselves aware of its risks and cures, since as server owners, users, or operators they are prime targets.

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The future of tiny, powerful computers is here

By Bryan Lunduke

When I first started my adventures with Linux – back in the late 1990s with SuSE (the “u” was lowercase back then) version 6.SomethingOrOther – my computer was a large, heavy, loud, metal rectangle.

It was beige. And it was expensive. I probably spent more on that beast of a computer than I probably should have.

Flash forward to today – some 15-odd years later – and my life is filled with reasonably priced, astoundingly portable computers capable of running Linux far better than that old monolith on my desk could ever dream of. Literally. Sub-$10 computers are not only performing better than that old 1990’s relic of mine, they’re also performing better than my laptops from barely more than five years ago.

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