All of the World’s Top 500 Supercomputers Now Powered by Linux

16 11 2017

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Believe it or not, Linux is dominating all of world’s top 500 supercomputers as of November 2017, according to the Top500.org website, which maintains an up-to-date list of these supercomputers.

This year marks the 24th anniversary of Top500 (www.top500.org), the website that compiles and releases a list with up-to-date information on world’s top 500 supercomputers.

Linux dominates the world’s top 10 supercomputers since 1998

According to some statistics put together by the Linux Foundation a while ago, it would appear that Linux dominates the world’s top 10 supercomputers since 1998, the year when Linux first appeared as a supported operating system in the Top500 list. Since then, more and more supercomputers adopted Linux as the main OS.

“Twice a year, the Linux community takes great pride in tallying the number of Linux machines on the Top500 list,” said Linux Foundation. “After first appearing on the list in 1998, Linux has consistently dominated the top 10 over the past decade and has comprised more than 90 percent of the list since June 2010.”

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US Explodes After Russian Company Closes “CIA Backdoor” Embedded In All Microsoft Software

12 09 2017

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By: Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers

A troubling report circulating in the Kremlin today issued by the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MINPROMTORG) states that the United States has “exploded” with “anger and retribution” against Russian and United Kingdom based Kaspersky Lab after its experts discovered a “backdoor” (that bypasses a computers customary security mechanisms) embedded by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) into all Microsoft software products—and who after doing so, these same Kaspersky Lab experts then issued a “protective patch” (that fixes computer security vulnerabilities) to “close” this CIA “backdoor” from ever being opened again. [Note: Some words and/or phrases appearing in quotes in this report are English language approximations of Russian words/phrases having no exact counterpart.]

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Microsoft’s Deceptive Tactics Push Customers to Mac, Linux

2 06 2016

Over the past few months, Microsoft has maintained a course that continues to anger and alienate users. Having converted the Windows operating system into a suite of spyware tools designed to harvest users’ data through recommended updates that it has forced on users, the Redmond giant has given many of those users reason to abandon Windows for another operating system. As Windows continues to lose users, Microsoft — rather than adjust course —has instead ramped up the very tactics that angered users in the first place.

Last summer, Microsoft announced that anyone currently running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 would be able to upgrade to the new and “improved” Windows 10 for free. Many wondered why the company would give away licenses to use the new operating system, especially considering that in the past users have paid good money to purchase new iterations of Windows. Within days of the release of Windows 10, the reason was clear: greater data-mining opportunities. The entire operating system is designed to harvest users’ data for Microsoft’s financial gain.

Despite optimistic predictions from Microsoft of one billion Windows 10 devices within three years, adoption slowed after the spyware nature of the operating system became known. In fact, there are currently still almost as many people using Windows XP as are using Windows 10. This is particularly astounding considering that Windows XP reached end-of-life

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UK Government Kicks Out Microsoft Office and Adopts LibreOffice

20 10 2015

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The UK Government is looking to shed its dependency on proprietary software and entered into a new commercial deal with an open source software company Collabora Productivity that adapts LibreOffice for the use in enterprise environments.

Collabora Productivity is not the kind of company to usually get in the news, and it’s used to doing things without asking for any special recognition. With such a huge move from the UK Government, through its Crown Commercial Service (CCS) body, it will be difficult for Collabora to keep a low profile. It’s worth noting that Collabora is one of the biggest contributors to LibreOffice, and it has the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers.

GovOffice is the name of the LibreOffice suite for the public sector, and it’s actually more than just a simple adoption. The deal signed by the UK Government is called the “Cloud Transition Agreement,” and that means that it also includes a product named CloudSuite, which provides its users with cloud-based and mobile access, viewing and editing locally on devices, and online in web browsers. It hasn’t been released yet, but it’s going to bring crucial functionality.

It’s likely that we’ll get to see much more of this going on with other governments in 2016, and LibreOffice’s reach will expand a great deal.

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Windows 10 spies on emails, images, credit cards, more

7 08 2015

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“From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers’ basic information – name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics,” explains a new report from the online Newsweek.

“But it also digs a bit deeper,” the report says.

“Other information Microsoft saves includes Bing search queries and conversations with the new digital personal assistant Cortana; contents of private communications such as email; websites and apps visited (including features accessed and length of time used); and contents of private folders,” the warning explains.

“Furthermore, ‘your typed and handwritten words’ are collected.’”

All of the warnings come from the company’s software privacy statement, which includes the statement that Microsoft collects information “to provide you a personalized user dictionary, help you type and write on your device with better character recognition, and provide you with text suggestions as you type or write.

The Daily Mail reported another complication with the software.

The update to Windows 10, the report said, “automatically made [a man’s] porn collection into a slideshow and used it as a screensaver. And to make matters worse, the malfunction was discovered by his wife, who was greeted by the explicit images first thing in the morning.”

The report said a user posted the story online so others would not repeat the mistake, which reportedly happened when the images were saved into the “My Pictures” folder. It is from that folder the software draws data to build slideshows, the report said.

“I have no idea how to shut that feature off and that computer is staying shut down until I do,” the man wrote, according to the Mail. “Free Windows and a free trip to the doghouse. Thanks Microsoft!”

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Don’t sit down! Patch ALL Windows AGAIN! Microsoft fixes THIRD Hacking Team hole

21 07 2015

It’s 2015, and bad font files in webpages will still pwn you.

All supported versions of Windows now need to be patched – again – to fix an urgent remote code-execution vulnerability emerging from the ongoing Hacking Team hack fiasco.

Details of the vulnerability were found and reported to Microsoft by security researchers poring over internal memos leaked online from spyware-maker Hacking Team. This follows an elevation-of-privilege hole in Windows and a remote-code execution bug in Internet Explorer 11 that were also uncovered from the Hacking Team files, and patched last week by Microsoft.

This latest serious security flaw (MS15-078) lies within the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library, and can be exploited by attackers to hijack PCs, infect them with malware, and so on. A victim who opens a document or even a webpage that contains a malicious embedded OpenType font file can be attacked thanks to this vulnerability.

Normally, security patches for Microsoft software are released as a bundle on the second Tuesday of every month. Today, the Redmond giant felt compelled to issue an emergency update for its operating system.

The security flaw is potent because Microsoft runs its font drivers in kernel mode, meaning if one of the libraries is fed bad data, the whole operating system can be compromised. Microsoft explained in an advisory:

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There is No ‘New Microsoft’: Under Nadella, Patent Extortion Against Linux/Android Carries on

7 07 2015

Summary: Kyocera is again being targeted by Microsoft, using patent aggression, with a secret settlement being reached whose negative impact on Android remains to be seen

According to Tech Times, there has just been a secret settlement with all details unknown. Kyocera is not allowed to speak about what Microsoft did to it, for that might damage Microsoft’s reputation or harm Microsoft’s future efforts to blackmail other companies using patents.

“A few months ago,” Tech Times wrote, “Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Kyocera, claiming that three Android smartphones from the Japanese company violated seven Microsoft patents. The smartphones in question were the Duraforce (pictured), Brigadier and Hydro. The patents, meanwhile, cover a wide range of mobile technologies that Microsoft alleged the Android devices violated.

“Microsoft has dozens of licensing agreements in place with Android OEMs, including Samsung, but it will not back out of a litigation if it doesn’t reach an amicable agreement. Microsoft went after Kyocera in March, asking a Seattle court for a U.S. sales ban on the three phones that infringed its patents.”

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