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No Kernel 5.0! Linus Torvalds Prefers Releasing it as Kernel 4.17   

Linus Torvalds has announced the release of Linux Kernel 4.17. Take a look at main new features in the latest kernel release.

A new Linux Kernel has been released today and unlike the expectations, it is not called Kernel 5.0.

On Linux's Kernel Mailing list webpage, Linus Torvalds describes why he didn't prefer to term this release as the Linux Kernel 5.0:

"No, I didn't call it 5.0, even though all the git object count numerology was in place for that. It will happen in the not _too_distant future, and I'm told all the release scripts on are ready for it, but I didn't feel there was any real reason for it. I suspect that around 4.20 which is I run out of fingers and toes to keep track of minor releases, and thus start getting mightily confused I'll switch over. That was what happened for 4.0, after all."

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Published on June 4, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Lightweight Distribution Linux Lite 4.0 Released With Brand New Look   

Ubuntu based lightweight Linux distribution Linux Lite 4.0 has been released. Check out the fresh look and new features in the latest release.

Linux Lite, one of the top lightweight Linux distributions, has released its latest major version 4.0. Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Linux Lite 4.0 has a fresh new look and a couple of new applications.

If you didn't know already, Linux Lite is an Ubuntu-based distribution and it uses Xfce desktop along with a bunch of lightweight applications to target older devices with low hardware specification.

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Published on June 1, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Microsoft Office diagnostic info- tell them a little or a lot but always tell Microsoft   

The latest early release of Office for Windows/Mac gives you 'choices' for sharing diagnostic information about Office.  You can choose to send Microsoft a lot of information or just a little data but you can't refuse completely.

There are legitimate questions about what information is being sent to Microsoft and how it's being used. That includes being combined with other data to discover more about individual companies or individuals.

The corporate culture at Microsoft has always been arrogant and assured of its own righteousness.  These 'choices' are just the latest example of it.

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Published on May 30, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Android warning - these phones come loaded with malware out the box, are you affected?   

users have been put on alert after malware was found pre-installed on hundreds of phones straight out of the box.

The adware, dubbed Cosiloon, was discovered by researchers from cybersecurity firm Avast.

Security experts said the malware was found on hundreds of Android phones with owners in the UK, US, Germany, Italy and Russia among those affected.

The adware creates an overlay to display an annoying advert over a webpage within the users' browser.

Thousands of smartphone owners are affected - in the past month alone Avast discovered the Cosiloon adware on around 18,000 devices.

Avast reported the findings of their research to Google who have "taken steps to mitigate the malicious capabilities of many app variants on several device models, using internally developed techniques."

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Published on May 27, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
How to protect your Twitter account following major security gaffe   

Twitter has admitted a bug in its system caused all 330m of its users' passwords to appear in plain text, free from the protection provided by encryption.

The social media site alerted its users to the error on Thursday evening, saying the bug had been fixed and an investigation had returned no evidence of a breach or that the data had been misused.

However, Parag Agrawal, Twitter's chief technology officer, urged everyone to change their passwords out of an "abundance of caution."

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Published on May 4, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Top 10 Things to do After Installing Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop   

So you've successfully installed Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and hoping what do to next? Yes, you can always browse on the new features introduced in the 18.04 LTS, the Bionic Beaver. But let's not hurry up, let us list out the top 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 18.04,

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Published on April 29, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is Finally Released. Download Now!   

Brief: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver has been finally released. Here is a quick recap of new features and the download links for Ubuntu 18.04.

The wait is over. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is finally available to download. 

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Published on April 26, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
Sinclair Spectrum designer Rick Dickinson dies in US   

Rick Dickinson, the designer of Sinclair computers, has died in the US while receiving treatment for cancer.

The British designer, thought to be in his 60s, worked in-house for Sinclair Research and oversaw the creation of its home computers in the 1980s.

He was responsible for the boxy look of the ZX80 and ZX81 and the Bauhaus-inspired appearance of the Spectrum.

Mr Dickinson also helped to develop the technologies for the UK company's touch-sensitive and rubber keyboards.

He was recently linked to a crowd-funded project by Retro Computers to turn the Spectrum into a handheld computer. Some of the early reference designs for the machine were drawn up by him.

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Published on April 26, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
New Gmail: How to use the new features, including self-destructing messages   

Google has revealed details of its long-awaited Gmail overhaul, complete with a raft of new features designed to increase productivity.

The new Gmail will begin rolling out to its 1.4bn users across the world from today, though it may take several weeks to appear in your inbox.

Read on for some of the most interesting new features and how to use them.

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Published on April 25, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
MintBox Mini 2   

The MintBox Mini just got better again!

Based on the Compulab Fitlet2, the new Mini is just as small as the original MintBox Mini and the MintBox Mini Pro but with much better specifications, better performance and a few more features.

The top heatsink is slightly taller than before for the all-metal black housing to provide better passive cooling for the upgraded specs. The small size of the unit is still very impressive. 

Just as before, the unit is completely silent and it has no fans or moveable parts. It's also dust and humidity resistant and designed to operate at the full industrial temperature range of -40°C to 85°C. The warranty from Compulab is the same as before: an unconditional 5 years.

The dual-band antennas and the kensington lock moved to the right side. The front of the unit provides two USB 3.0 ports, audio and micro jacks and a microSD slot.

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Published on April 22, 2018 by Paul Illingworth
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