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Microsoft quietly prolongs life of original Windows 10

Adds 40+ days to support lifespan of version 1507, the mid-2015 debut edition

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Linux desktops: You've come a long way baby!

Also in today’s open source roundup: 13 weird and wonderful Linux distros for 2017, and download YouTube videos in Ubuntu with the Ktube Media Downloader

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New Windows 10 SDK prods devs to embrace Windows' future

The new Windows 10 SDK is all about moving beyond the Windows legacy, into the Universal Windows Platform, then the eventual multi-OS workflows

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What you need to know about Windows 10 versions and lifespan

Microsoft uses a lot of confusing verbiage to describe Windows 10 versions, branches, updates and builds; here's what it all means

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Should you run Linux without a desktop environment?

Also in today’s open source roundup: Second build of ChromX released for desktops and laptops, and is 8 GB too much RAM for a smartphone?

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22% off Intel NUC Kit Mini PC - Deal Alert

Intel's NUC Kit is equipped with Intel’s newest architecture, the 6th generation Intel Core i5-6260U processor. Intel Iris graphics 540 with 4K display for brilliant resolution. Room for a 2.5” drive and an M.2 SSD for lightning fast...

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Linux: The best distros for gaming?

Also in today’s open source roundup: 5 of the most popular Linux gaming distros, and the 8 best Linux gaming distros

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Which Windows 10 should your business install? This one

Microsoft's mixed-up metaphors of Windows 10 rings and branches can be confusing. We cut to the chase to offer clear recommendations

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How to use Microsoft’s Paint 3D app

Paint 3D is coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update. But we can show you how to create cool 3D scenes right now.

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Microsoft unveils a bonanza of security capabilities

New features for Windows and Office 365 aim to help businesses with cybersecurity

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Slimmer, nimbler Visual Studio 2017 will ship March 7

A multitude of improvements are planned for coding, startup and testing

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How SUSE is becoming a key player in the IoT market

I talked to the SUSE CTO to understand more about their IoT strategy

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Microsoft re-releases snooping patches KB 2952664, KB 2976978

Earlier versions of the Win7 and 8.1 patches kicked off enhanced snooping routines, and there's no indication what's changed in these versions

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AMD: Sorry, there will be no official Ryzen drivers for Windows 7

Some PC users will again be forced to choose: the latest hardware or Windows 7?

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3 Ways to Speed Up Windows 10

Windows 10's settings offer a few surprising ways to make the OS run faster.

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Linux: How to install Kodi 17

Also in today’s open source roundup: Arrests made in “fully loaded” Kodi box raids, and who’s behind the Kodi crackdown?

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Open source users: It’s time for extreme vetting

Cybersecurity strategist at Red Hat focuses on vetting and open source as part of the supply chain

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Review: Microsoft's Nano Server offers mega advantages

Microsoft’s stripped-down Windows Server 2016 deployment option reduces the ops burden, but supports only a limited number of server roles

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