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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

Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

Mac OS X has always respected user privacy by default, and Yosemite should too, says an engineer who's studied the new OS

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Microsoft warns users to kill botched KB 2949927 patch

Microsoft yanked SHA-2 patch KB 2949927, and now goes further and cautions users to uninstall the update

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Deathmatch review: Windows 8.1 vs. OS X Yosemite

Windows 8.1 has languished as Microsoft seeks to move past its failure, while Apple has extended its Mac OS into an intriguing new direction

Microsoft yanks botched patch KB 2949927, re-issues KB 2952664

Windows 7 upgrade compatibility patch gets a tweaked installer, while the SHA-2 hashing patch is summarily removed without explanation

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The best new features in OS X Yosemite

Look for these cool capabilities in the Mac's newest OS

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Apple releases OS X Yosemite

The free upgrade runs on all Macs sold since 2009, as well as some even older models

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Four more botched Microsoft patches: KB 3000061, KB 2984972, KB 2949927, KB 2995388

Windows users are reporting significant problems with four more October Black Tuesday patches

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Windows 7 patch KB 2952664 fails with error 80242016

Microsoft sends KB 2952664 through the automatic update chute for the seventh time -- and still can't get it right

Cheap Windows 8.1 tablets flood the market

Seven-inch Windows 8.1 tablets are available in Hong Kong for $65, with steep discounts on other cheap Win 8.1 tablets

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