Operating Systems

  • Unikraft project promises to simplify unikernel creation
    by Paul Krill on December 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Unikernels promise fast boots, tiny memory footprints, and high performance, but they must be developed from scratch for each application. NEC is working to remove this barrier to unikernel adoption with a configurable unikernel code base called Unikraft.Developed under the auspices of the Linux […]

  • 10 obscure (but useful) desktop Linux distros
    by Dave Taylor on November 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

    The Internet Runs on LinuxThe operating system Linus Torvalds created has become so popular that it has more peculiar offshoots than the Star Trek universe has fan fiction novels. You’ve heard of the big ones – Ubuntu, Red Hat and Fedora, to name a few – but there are strange, […]

  • 23 tips for the care and feeding of Windows 10
    by Woody Leonhard on August 30, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Navigating Windows 10Image by Thinkstock/WindowsYou probably use it every day, or maybe you just joined the Windows 10 club. Maybe you hate it. Maybe you love it. Either way, unless you have a lot of time on your hands, it is probably keeping secrets from you. It certainly has habits that irritate […]

  • The definitive guide to privacy settings in Windows 10 Creators Update
    by Woody Leonhard on August 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Privacy MattersImage by Khanom/Woody LeonhardPrivacy means different things to different people; there’s no one-size-fits approach. Some people want to lock their machines down so they leak exactly nothing. Others figure they don’t have anything to hide, and happily share various and […]

  • Review: VMware’s Photon OS shines for Docker containers
    by Steven Nunez on August 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

    With the Photon open source project, VMware hopes to build a community around the practice of running containerized applications in virtual environments. Photon is an umbrella term for multiple projects that include ways to deploy containers on a VM, using Photon OS, as well as ways to deploy […]

  • 8 steps to install Windows 10 patches like a pro
    by Woody Leonhard on August 16, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    You don’t have to take patches the way they’re dealtImage by ThinkstockIf you’re ready to take command of your own Win10 destiny, at least a little bit,  sidestepping Microsoft's Automatic Update and patching like a pro shouldn’t give you any heartburn.To read this […]

  • Purism aims to push privacy-centric laptops, tablets and phones to market
    by Lucas Mearian on June 28, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    A San Francisco-based start-up is creating a line of Linux-based laptops and mobile devices designed with hardware and software to safeguard user privacy.Purism this week announced general availability of its 13-in. and 15-in. Librem laptops, which it says can protect users against the types […]

  • Windows 10: IT wants to manage PCs like phones
    by Mary Branscombe on June 12, 2017 at 8:45 am

    When three large government departments merged to create the Australian Department of Human Services, it took the new department almost three years to migrate to Windows 7. Having gone through those “three hard years,” the IT team was determined not to fall behind again, says Mike […]

  • Samsung to detail new Tizen OS for smart home appliances, IoT devices
    by Agam Shah on May 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    In the future, your Samsung vacuum cleaner, robot or washing machine will run on an OS called Tizen RT, slated to be introduced and detailed on Tuesday.The OS for smart devices and gadgets -- in other words, internet of things (IoT) devices -- will be introduced by Samsung at its Tizen Developers […]

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Preview
    on May 12, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Microsoft has announced its Windows 10 Fall Creators Preview, with new features like Timeline, Pick Up Where You Left Off, and the new Story Remix. Here's what the new update will include. […]

  • FAQ: How to skip a Windows 10 upgrade
    by Gregg Keizer on April 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Enterprises that try to slow down Microsoft's upgrade train by skipping one of the twice-yearly Windows 10 refreshes will have to hustle to stay in support, according to the company's latest scheduling disclosures.Corporate users of Windows 10 may have as little as two months to deploy a feature […]

  • Microsoft adds another layer to the Windows 10 patching onion
    by Gregg Keizer on April 26, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    Microsoft yesterday added another update cycle to Windows 10's monthly patching, saying that the new collection of non-security-only fixes would give corporate customers the "increased flexibility" they had demanded.On Monday, Michael Niehaus, director of Windows 10 product marketing, announced the […]

  • Customers roast Microsoft over security bulletins' demise
    by Gregg Keizer on April 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    When Microsoft asked customers last week for feedback on the portal that just replaced the decades-long practice of delivering detailed security bulletins, it got an earful from unhappy users."Hate hate hate the new security bulletin format. HATE," emphasized Janelle 322 in a support forum where […]

  • Windows 10 Privacy in the Creators Update
    on April 17, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Windows 10 privacy settings are easier to find and use in the Creators Update. But there's a difference between getting more control and getting more privacy. […]

  • 6 things Mark Shuttleworth should do as CEO of Canonical
    by Swapnil Bhartiya on April 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm

     Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth is re-taking leadership of the company as Jane Silber steps down from the role of CEO and joins the board of directors. As he returns as CEO, Shuttleworth has unique challenges ahead, as well as the opportunity to give Canonical a sharp focus and a lean […]

  • Raspberry Pi 3 gets Microsoft Cortana with Windows 10 Creators Update
    by Agam Shah on April 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    You will very soon be able to use Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant with the Raspberry Pi 3 and make cool devices that can accept voice commands.But for that, you'll need to upgrade the popular developer board, which can run Windows 10 IoT Core, to the Creators Update of the OS.You'll be able to […]

  • How to improve Dynamic Lock in Windows 10 Creators Update
    by Ed Tittel on April 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    When Microsoft released Build 15031 of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on February 8, 2017, it added a new OS feature for Bluetooth-equipped devices. It's called Dynamic Lock, and lets you control access to your PCs based on how close they — and your Bluetooth-paired phones — are to […]

  • Windows Embedded's future looks rocky
    by Jonathan Hassell on April 10, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Ah, Windows Embedded. The Microsoft operating system that millions of devices and machines are running, typically with a custom application or skin running on top of it so that users don't automatically notice the OS. The operating system that underpins hundreds of thousands of medical devices, […]

  • Microsoft hikes Windows 10 savings claims by 28%
    by Gregg Keizer on April 7, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Microsoft this week boosted by 28% its claim of how much enterprises can save by deploying Windows 10.The revised estimate came from a Microsoft-commissioned analysis first done in mid-2016 by Forrester Research. Then, Forrester said the per-worker savings over a three-year stretch would be $404. […]

  • Microsoft launches Windows 10 beta program for business users
    by Blair Hanley Frank on April 7, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Business users get access to their own version of the Windows 10 beta program this week. On Friday, Microsoft unveiled the Windows Insider Program for Business, alongside its first post-Creators Update Windows 10 beta.The program will let business users sign up for beta updates with their Azure […]

  • Windows 10 data collection: What you need to know
    by Gregg Keizer on April 6, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Microsoft has expanded its diagnostic data collection with Windows 10, making mandatory what had been a voluntary telemetry program.Windows 10 includes a telemetry and diagnostics service that cannot be fully disabled. In earlier editions of the OS -- including Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 -- Microsoft's […]

  • Why enterprises are upgrading to Windows 10 faster than expected
    by Mary Branscombe on April 4, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    In 2015, Gartner predicted that 50 percent of enterprises would start their Windows 10 deployments by January 2017. A Spiceworks survey of IT pros agreed: 40 of respondents said they would start migrating to Windows 10 by the middle of 2016, and 73 percent said their organizations would roll out […]