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January 24, 2013
by sjvn01
Comments Off on OpenSUSE also considers switching from MySQL to MariaDB

OpenSUSE also considers switching from MySQL to MariaDB

MySQL may still be the “most popular open-source database” for now, but its day may be ending. Just like Fedora, which is considering switching out MySQL for the MySQL fork MariaDB, openSUSE is also considering making MariaDB its default database … Continue reading

December 31, 2012
by sjvn01
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2013: Installing Linux on Windows 8 PC is still a pain

In security’s name, Microsoft has made it difficult to install Linux, or any other operating system, including older versions of Windows, on Windows 8 PCS. In addition, Microsoft has made it all but impossible to install Linux on Windows RT … Continue reading

December 3, 2012
by sjvn01
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Shimming your way to Linux on Windows 8 PCs

Getting Linux to boot and install on PCs locked down with Windows 8’s UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) Secure Boot is still a major headache. However, Matthew Garrett, a well-known Linux developer who’s been working on fixing the Secure Boot … Continue reading

November 8, 2012
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Windows 8 is a one way street for consumer PC users

Windows 8 is a one way street for consumer PC users

PC companies call it downgrading, but many users just call it being sensible. You buy a new computer, and instead of using the bleeding edge operating system it came with, you move to an operating system you trust. With ordinary … Continue reading

October 19, 2012
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Ubuntu moves some Linux development inside

Ubuntu moves some Linux development inside

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and its popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, announced in his blog that they’ll be working on some new features behind closed doors for the next release. Shuttleworth wrote, “”Mapping out the road to 13.04, there are … Continue reading