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Parallels CTO: Linux container security is not the problem

James Bottomley of Parallels, a key contributor to containerization on Linux, pushes back on security claims and other criticisms

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Windows 10 (finally) sets conventions for multiple-finger gestures

Microsoft demos several new trackpad gestures with interesting implications for Windows -- a long overdue effort that Apple achieved years ago

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Windows 7 isn't going away, but it'll cost more

If you heard that OEMs like Lenovo, Dell, and HP will stop selling Windows 7 machines at the end of the week, you heard wrong

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Suse Linux Enterprise 12 goes light on Docker, heavy on reliability

Update to Suse's Linux distribution for enterprises emphasizes reliability and support over bleeding-edge tech

Suse enterprise Linux can take your system back in time

Rollback feature will be handy when configuration changes don't go well

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What we talk about when we talk about Linux and systemd

The raging debate over systemd exposes the two factions tugging at modern-day Linux

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Azure, Office 365 drive Microsoft revenues, while mobile lags

Microsoft reported solid Q1 gains with Azure and Office 365, but the payoff from its mobile efforts may still be a long way off

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Ubuntu Unicorn horns in on CoreOS territory

Ubuntu 14.10's emphasis on containers and orchestration sets it on a collision course with the Docker-powered CoreOS

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Ubuntu turns 10: A look back at the desktop Linux standard bearer

A brief history of Ubuntu, as alliterative as all-get-out

Debian community splits over systemd, but fork still unlikely

Unix admins threaten to fork Debian if systemd makes it into the next version of the Linux distribution

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Windows 10 build 9860 gets two rapid-fire patches, KB 3008956 and KB 3010668

Microsoft is advising users to install the updates to fix problems with missing text and a power/sleep issue

Windows 10 to get two-factor authentication built-in

The new OS will feature enhancements in areas like identity protection, data security and malware resistance

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What you'll love and hate about Windows 10

Hated Windows 8? Good news: Many of the features in Windows 10 aren't nearly as annoying

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Microsoft misses Windows bug, hackers slip past patch

Last week's security update 'not robust enough,' say researchers who co-reported flaw

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Windows 10: What you need to know about the new build 9860

Build 9860, said to encompass 7,000 changes from the original Tech Preview, holds few surprises but offers tantalizing hints about new features

Microsoft discloses zero-day flaw in PowerPoint, publishes quick fix

Attacks are under way using a PowerPoint flaw that affects nearly all versions of Windows, the company says

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How to fix the four most annoying quirks of Yosemite

If parts of Mac OS X Yosemite are making you grumpy, here's how to set them (and the universe) right again

Complaints mount about Yosemite crippling Wi-Fi

There has been a steady stream of reports from users whose Wi-Fi connections were affected after installing the latest version of Mac OS X

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