Posts Tagged ‘operating systems’

No Windows 8 Plot To Lock Out Linux

November 2nd, 2011 11:58 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter Bucky24 writes “ZDNet’s Ed Bott decided to contact major PC makers to find out the truth about Windows 8 SecureBoot. The responses are encouraging for those of us who run third party operating systems. Dell plans to have a BIOS switch to allow SecureBoot to be disabled, and HP assures us that they will allow consumers to make their own choice as to what operating system to run, though they have not given details as to how.”

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Vim Turns 20

November 2nd, 2011 11:55 admin View Comments


quanticle writes “20 years ago today, Bram Moolenaar released vim to the public. From the article:’The Vim text editor was first released to the public on November 2, 1991—exactly 20 years ago today. Although it was originally designed as a vi clone for the Amiga, it was soon ported to other platforms and eventually grew to become the most popular vi-compatible text editor. It is still actively developed and widely used across several operating systems.’ Share your vim stories and your tales of battles with emacs users.”

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Nokia Unveils OLED Phone You Control By Bending

October 28th, 2011 10:33 admin View Comments


jldailey618 writes “Nokia just unveiled an OLED smartphone that is controlled by flexing the device with both hands. By bending corners and pushing the sides inward and outward, the user can scroll, zoom, and select. ‘Researchers would not discuss exactly how the processor behind the twisty screen functioned, but they did say that it would be compatible with most current operating systems.’” Reader jones_supa adds a link to The Inquirer (with video), which points out that the twist-based (rather than poke-based) interface means “you can do many basic functions such as scrolling, zooming and answering calls even while wearing mittens.”

Source: Nokia Unveils OLED Phone You Control By Bending

X.Org Server 1.11 Released

August 27th, 2011 08:20 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “Phoronix is reporting that X.Org Server 1.11 has been officially released to users of Linux and other operating systems. This time around their reporting is more detailed than the official release announcement.”

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Apple Sued Over OS X Quick Boot

August 9th, 2011 08:06 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “With a patent originally owned by LG in tow, a Florida based company called Operating Systems Solutions LLC recently filed suit against Apple claiming that OS X’s use of quick booting infringes the aforementioned patent.” The company in question is a bit suspicious — having formed very recently — and so others are speculating it was created for a proxy battle against Apple by LG.

Source: Apple Sued Over OS X Quick Boot

NSA Advises Upgrade To Windows 7

May 1st, 2011 05:57 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “In a document available from the NSA (warning, PDF file), that organisation advises users to upgrade to Windows 7 as part of their Best Practice for Securing a Home Network. No mention of BSD or Linux so I guess the Slashdot crowd will just have to bite the bullet and change operating systems if they want to be really secure.”

Source: NSA Advises Upgrade To Windows 7

Android Phones Get Virtualization

December 7th, 2010 12:27 admin View Comments

bednarz writes “VMware is teaming with LG to sell Android smartphones that are virtualized, allowing a single phone to run two operating systems, one for business use and one for personal use. A user’s personal email and applications would run natively on the Android phone, while a guest operating system contains the employee’s work environment. The devices would also have two phone numbers.”

Source: Android Phones Get Virtualization

Psystar Not Closing Up Shop

December 18th, 2009 12:24 admin View Comments

Despite several sources reporting that post-indefinite-injunction Psystar was closing their doors for good, the company’s lawyer is claiming that the company plans on going forward with PC sales, just not pre-loaded with Apple’s OS X. Psystar plans on selling systems pre-loaded with “other operating systems,” including Windows as well as selling their “Rebel EFI software” that allows consumers to load OS X on generic PCs.

Source: Psystar Not Closing Up Shop

Microsoft Investigates Windows 7 "Black Screen of Death"

December 1st, 2009 12:38 admin View Comments

duguk writes “Microsoft has confirmed that it is investigating a problem described as the ‘black screen of death,’ which affects Windows 7 — and reports suggest it affects Vista and XP, too. The firm said it was looking into reports that suggest its latest security update, released on Tuesday 25 November, caused the problem. The error means that users of Windows 7 and earlier operating systems see a totally black screen after logging on to the system.”

OpenSolaris Or FreeBSD?

November 28th, 2009 11:14 admin View Comments

Norsefire writes “I am in quite a predicament. I decided a while back to branch out and use a new operating system (currently running Debian). After a bit of searching (trying Gentoo, Gobo and Arch along the way), I decided to use something that isn’t Linux. Long story short: I narrowed the choices down to OpenSolaris and FreeBSD, but now I’m stuck. OpenSolaris is commercially backed by Sun, has nice enterprise-y tools in the default install, and best of all, a mature implementation of ZFS. FreeBSD is backed by a foundation, has a minimal default install and a rather new (but recently improved in the 8.0 release) implementation of ZFS, however it offers the Ports Collection (I quite like the performance boost due to compiling from source, no matter how small it might be) and a bigger community than OpenSolaris. That is just a minimal mention of the differences. I would be interested to see what the Slashdot community thinks of these two operating systems.”