Munich's city authority is a step closer to moving thousands of council computers from Linux to Windows, in a reversal of one of open-source software's marquee successes.The authority's administrative and personnel committee this week made a long-awaited recommendation for the reorganization of Munich's IT setup, calling for an immediate start to the creation of a uniform, Windows-based client architecture that can be deployed across the council by the end of 2020 at the latest. The committee said the use of "standard products" was necessary for compatibility with products from software vendors such as SAP.Just over a decade ago, the Bavarian capital city hall famously ditched Windows for an Ubuntu derivative called LiMux, a portmanteau of Linux and München. The migration, which involved some 15,000 PCs and a reported cost of over €30m ($32m), provided what is still the biggest showcase for a Linux desktop in any German public administration.However, the 2014 arrival of a … [Read more...] about Linux flagship Munich’s U-turn: Install Windows 10 everywhere by end of 2020
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My buddy David Gewirtz recently wrote about the question of whether you should move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or a Mac. I have another suggestion: Linux. Specifically Linux Mint 17.3, Rosa, with the Cinnamon desktop. Yes, I'm serious. I use all the above desktops -- yes I'm a Windows 7 and 10 user as well as a Linux guy -- and for people I think Mint 17.3 makes a great desktop.I've been using Mint as my main Linux desktop for years now. Unlike some desktops I could name -- cough, Windows 8, cough -- Linux Mint has never had a flop. Every year that goes by, this operating system keeps getting better. The other desktops? Not so much. Let's take a closer look.at Windows 7 vs. Linux Mint 17.3UI Differences There's really not much. While it's even easier for a Windows XP user to move to Mint than a Windows 7 user, any Windows user won't have any trouble picking up Linux Mint with Cinnamon. There's a Start Menu and settings are easy to find.I regard Cinnamon 2.8 as the ultimate … [Read more...] about Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux Mint 17.3 instead?
A new update to Microsoft's Windows 10 is coming, but you're forgiven if you didn't know. It turns out not many people are going to tell you.Admittedly, there's not much to talk about. The list of refinements for Microsoft's free paper-anniversary update to Win 10 can fit on a small sheet with about a dozen bullet points. The changes boil down to features like making the digital pen more useful, new technology to detect hacking attacks and the ability to log into a computer with a wearable device instead of a password. The company's Cortana voice-activated assistant will gain new features too, each of which was designed to bring the technology closer to, as Microsoft spokeswoman Laura Jones put it, "the same features of a real-life personal assistant."With this in mind, Microsoft and the PC industry are largely treating the August 2 launch as just another Tuesday. That's just fine to Roger Kay, an analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates, who said Microsoft is better off focusing … [Read more...] about Microsoft is updating Windows 10 again, in its latest bid to win you back
Why Back Up Your PC? In August of 2016, Delta Airlines had to cancel more than 1,300 flights, at a cost of $100 million, not because of weather or mechanical problems, but because the company's computer systems went down. If it can happen to a big corporation like Delta, don't think it can't happen to you. All technology, whether it's a brand new iMac, a spaceship, a hover board, a webmail service, or a ten-year-old PC running Windows Vista, can potentially take a sudden nosedive. Hard drives are notorious for crashing, and ransomware can make a computer's contents inaccessible. Sometimes it's not even the fault of the technology: Fires, flooding, and other natural disasters can render PCs and other tech hardware inoperable. And laptops get stolen. You need insurance. With digital content becoming paramount for not only business assets—documents, plans, financial spreadsheets—but also for personal assets such as family photos, videos, and music, protecting with backup … [Read more...] about The Best Backup Software of 2018
Microsoft is gearing up for a worldwide Windows 10 launch later this month, and it plans to roll out the red carpet for those who have helped beta test the new OS since last fall. Redmond is hosting "global fan celebrations" for Windows Insiders in 13 cities: Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing, New Delhi, Dubai, Nairobi, Berlin, Johannesburg, Madrid, London, Sao Paolo, and New York. "These celebrations will offer hands-on opportunities, experiential demos, entertainment and opportunities to meet the Windows team," Microsoft said in a blog post. If you're nervous about doing a solo upgrade, meanwhile, Microsoft teamed with Best Buy, Bic Camera, Croma, Currys/PC World, Elkjøp, Jarrir, Incredible Connection, Media Markt, Staples, Wal-Mart, Yamada, Yodobashi, and more to offer help with upgrades and data migration. You can also go to Microsoft Stores, which will feature Windows 10 pop-up demo experiences, prizes, giveaways, and more, Microsoft said. In the spirit of upgrading, … [Read more...] about Microsoft Calls on Fans to Help Launch Windows 10