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Linux: Install LibreOffice 5.3 in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Also in today’s open source roundup: Why do some people hate the freedesktop.org project? And 10 command-line tools for data analysis in Linux.

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Who needs Gmail? 5 built-in Windows 10 apps that do the job

These 5 built-in Windows apps -- Mail, Calendar, Maps, People and OneNote -- were once denounced as inadequate, but have grown into highly useful tools.

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Container-friendly Alpine Linux may get Java port

Project Portola would port the JDK to the security-focused, lightweight Linux distribution

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Windows 10's next big update, Redstone 3, hits the radar

A new Windows 10 version, likely called 1710 or 1711, build 15141, has been posted on BuildFeed

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Android: Disable auto-play sound in Facebook videos

Also in today’s open source roundup: SteamVR for Linux is now in beta, and an introduction to the Linux boot and startup processes.

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New MacOS ransomware spotted in the wild

A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through bittorrent websites and users who fall victim to it won't be able to recover their files, even if they pay.

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Make Linux look like MacOS

Also in today’s open source roundup: Ubuntu 17.04 will ship with GNOME 3.24, and the top lightweight Linux distros for 2017.

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Microsoft still plans to ship two Windows 10 upgrades in 2017

Redmond spells out release and support lifecycles yet again as manager acknowledges 'confusion'

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Microsoft rolls out KB 4010250 Flash Player update for Windows 8.1 and 10

In a bit of nostalgia, today's patch is attached to a Security Bulletin and not included in cumulative updates

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5 signs that you are a Linux geek

Also in today’s open source roundup: Linus Torvalds releases Linux 4.10, and the top 5 best rising Linux distros for 2017.

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Surprise! Microsoft issues Flash patches for Internet Explorer, Edge

After announcing last week that February's patches would be delayed until March, Microsoft alerts large customers that security patches are due today—but details remain sketchy

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Windows 10: Maps and Mail

Windows 10's Maps and Mail apps were once deemed inadequate by many, but have recently grown into highly useful tools.

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Windows 10 install problems — and how to solve them

Having trouble installing and setting up Win10? You aren’t alone. Here are many of the most common problems, along with a few solutions

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Security fixes delayed as Microsoft postpones Patch Tuesday

Known security vulnerabilities in SMB and Flash are left unpatched, indicating an unprecedented problem, but Microsoft isn't talking

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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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