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Windows 10 Creators Update Disappoints
     Mon, May 29 2017 | 6:58P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The world is constantly changing. So is Windows 10. While small incremental updates have been ongoing, Microsoft is now rolling out their latest big cumulative update. They call this the Windows 10 Creators Update. The Creators Update will not be made available to all devices at once. It will, rather, be rolled out in phases with newer hardware being updated …
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Windows 10 Creators Update vs. Ubuntu 17.04 Linux Radeon
     Fri, Apr 28 2017 | 12:34P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Given Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update earlier this month and the never-ending advancements to the open-source Linux graphics driver stack along with the recent release of Ubuntu 17.04, here are some fresh benchmarks of Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux when running a wide variety of cross-platform games with an AMD Radeon RX 580 and R9 Fury graphics cards."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Trying The SteamVR Beta On Linux Feels More Like An Early Alpha
     Wed, Mar 29 2017 | 9:01A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"This past week Valve brought SteamVR on Linux into public beta. With watching the constant hype around VR on Windows, I was quite excited to finally give VR a try with having lined up an HTC Vive for testing and currently Oculus or others not offering current Linux support. I was thinking that I would have some large GPU/driver comparisons and such completed this weekend, but once actually setting up the hardware and software, I realized that wasn't going to be feasible in such short time. So for those interested in the Linux VR space, here are some of my first impressions and why I would consider the current SteamVR more like an alpha release than beta, just yet another struggle Linux gamers face, and another obstacle to overcome if Linux is to be a more serious competitor to Windows in the gaming space."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

TECHSPOT 7 Ways to Screenshot in Windows 10
     Thu, Mar 09 2017 | 9:03A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
A few of you are probably thinking: "isn't it easy to screenshot in Windows 10? You just press the print screen button and a screenshot is saved to the clipboard!" And you'd be correct; But Windows provides several other ways to screenshot, many of which are better options depending on your requirements.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Get Rid of Windows 10 Ads, Office Offers and Other Annoyances
     Thu, Mar 09 2017 | 9:00A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft slowly started to sneak advertisements into the Windows platform with Windows 8, and they've only crept up further in Windows 10. Thankfully it's easy to shut down most of these annoyances if you know where to look.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

How to Install Nextcloud on Ubuntu
     Sat, Mar 04 2017 | 2:36A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There are a lot of things Windows Server does well. However, coming off of the NAS environment, there are a lot of things that it doesn’t. One of these is a simple method for web access to various files and folders, along with the ability to share them via user login or simple url. Until …
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

Windows 10 vs. Linux OpenGL Performance
     Sun, Jan 29 2017 | 4:03P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"For those curious about the current Kabylake graphics performance between Windows 10 and Linux, here are some OpenGL benchmark results under each operating system. Windows 10 Pro x64 was tested and the Linux distributions for comparison were Ubuntu 16.10, Clear Linux, Antergos, Fedora 25 Xfce, and openSUSE Tumbleweed."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

 
26-Way Intel/AMD CPU System Comparison With Ubuntu 16.10
     Sat, Jan 28 2017 | 9:00A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In preparation for Intel Kaby Lake socketed CPU benchmark results soon on Phoronix, the past number of days I have been re-tested many of the systems in our benchmark server room for comparing to the performance of the new Kaby Lake hardware. For those wanting to see how existing Intel and AMD systems compare when using Ubuntu 16.10 x86_64 and the latest Linux 4.10 Git kernel, here are those benchmarks ahead of our Kaby Lake Linux CPU reviews."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Comparing Team Communication Apps
     Fri, Jan 13 2017 | 8:37A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Team communication and messaging is one area where we've seen a ton of action lately, with apps such as Slack becoming the ultimate tool for workgroup collaboration. Make your business and workgroup more efficient with a communication solution that doesn't cost a dime.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free
     Wed, Jan 04 2017 | 7:58P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Microsoft officially ended their free Windows 10 upgrade program on July 29th. For those that did want to upgrade but didn't get around to it, there are still a couple of known ‘loopholes’ to get a free Windows 10 upgrade which Microsoft hasn’t bothered to close, even five months after the offer officially ended.

Microsoft is continuing to offer free Windows 10 upgrades to those who use assistive technologies, such as a screen narrator or magnifier. Anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 qualifies for the offer, as Microsoft isn't really checking to see whether you are actually using these assistive tools.

The upgrade process couldn’t be simpler. Just head to Microsoft's accessibility website, download the program that's listed on their upgrade page, and then install your free Windows 10 update."

  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Short Filename Rev. 2.1.
     Sat, Dec 24 2016 | 4:03P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's been 20 years since Microsoft first introduced the long filename (LFN) in Windows NT 3.5, but NTFS continues to generate a short filename for every file you write today. This reduces the filesystem performance and introduces additional writes that are unnecessary. Unless you are using old software from when Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock first broke out into stardom in Speed, you should disable the automatic generation of the 8.3 short filename. Doing so will give a kick to the NTFS file system's performance, and if you are using an SSD, help maintain its performance and lifespan.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Microsoft Patents Big Brother AI To Monitor All Actions In Windows
     Thu, Oct 13 2016 | 4:02P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft has angered users over the past year for its willingness to push the boundaries of acceptable practice for promoting adoption of its operating system. Also, some feel it crossed that line with respect to user data collection and privacy concerns. However, Microsoft stands to garner a lot more criticism if its recent patent filing comes to life in a production software product. The title of the patent is “Query Formulation Via Task Continuum” and it aims to make it easier for apps to share data in real-time so that the user can perform better searches...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

macOS 10.12 Sierra vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Linux Benchmarks
     Fri, Oct 07 2016 | 9:02A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Apple released macOS 10.12 "Sierra" last week as the successor to OS X El Capitan. Given this annual update to macOS / OS X, here are benchmarks of macOS Sierra compared to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on a MacBook Air and Mac Mini computers."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

Here's Why Microsoft Will Only Optimize Windows 10
     Wed, Sep 07 2016 | 1:58P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There has been quite a bit of noise and plenty of confusion online lately, since news broke that Microsoft would only be fully supporting Intel’s and AMD’s next-generation processor microarchitectures – codenamed Kaby Lake and Zen, respectively – with Windows 10. Some publications and scores of readers pegged the decision as a pure marketing move by Microsoft and derided the company for forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10. On the surface, we understand why such a statement would make some people cringe. Not supporting Windows 7, which remains the second most popular desktop OS with enthusiasts, or the much-maligned Windows 8, means consumers will technically have fewer options and less choice when these processors actually hit the market. But that’s not necessarily the case...
  FULL STORY @ HOTHARDWARE

Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update Revealed.
     Fri, Aug 26 2016 | 9:02A | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We were recently invited to an exclusive tech briefing on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, where Andres Sirel, Windows & Devices Group Lead, demonstrated new features like Windows Ink, as well as improvements in Windows Hello, Microsoft Edge, Windows Notes.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Ubuntu 14.04/16.04 vs. Ubuntu Bash On Windows 10 Anniversary
     Wed, Aug 24 2016 | 4:01P | Operating System | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When Microsoft and Canonical brought Bash and Ubuntu's user-space to Windows 10 earlier this year I ran some preliminary benchmarks of Ubuntu on Windows 10 versus a native Ubuntu installation on the same hardware. Now that this "Windows Subsystem for Linux" is part of the recent Windows 10 Anniversary Update, I've carried out some fresh benchmarks of Ubuntu running atop Windows 10 compared to Ubuntu running bare metal."
  FULL STORY @ PHORONIX

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