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April 12, 2017
by sjvn01
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Where does the Ubuntu Linux desktop go from here?

Seven years ago, Canonical moved the Ubuntu Linux desktop from the Gnome 3.x interface to its own Unity front-end. By the release of Ubuntu 11.10, Unity had become Ubuntu’s default desktop. Even in these early days, Unity was meant to be more. The dream was for Unity to become a universal interface for PCs, smartphones, and tablets. It was a dream destined not to come true.

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April 10, 2017
by sjvn01
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Can YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Sony PlayStation Vue survive the death of net neutrality?

The good news for cord-cutters is that last week YouTube TV softly launched in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. So, another success story for cord-cutters, as pricey cable companies are given more competition, right? Right? Think again.

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April 6, 2017
by sjvn01
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How to Use—and Why You Need—Let’s Encrypt More Than Ever

Want a quick and easy way to add Secure-Socket Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) to your website? You should. Google penalizes your site’s PageRank if you don’t have it. If you have an e-commerce site, there’s even worse news. Chrome web browser users will find your payment pages marked unsafe. That’s one way to close your business down in a hurry.

There are many ways to add an SSL certificate to your website. The easiest and cheapest way is with the Internet Security Research Group’s (ISRG) Let’s Encrypt project.

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April 6, 2017
by sjvn01
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PAX: Android patent protection consortium formed

Linux and open-source software have had to content with intellectual property (IP) legal challenges for years. Now, Google has started a new effort to bring peace to potential Android IP sore points: PAX.

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April 5, 2017
by sjvn01
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Microsoft NTP servers suffer hiccups

Sometime on the morning of April 3, Microsoft’s Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers went haywire. At first, Microsoft’s NTP server (time.windows.com) reported the time being an hour later than it should have been. Then, the site went offline. Finally, 24 hours later, the time server came back online with the right time.

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