Software

Oracle open-sources <code>DTrace</code> under the GPL

6 hours 55 min ago
Which makes lots of sysadmins' fave tracing tool cool for Linux

Oracle appears to have open-sourced DTrace, the system instrumentation tool that Sun Microsystems created in the early 2000s and which has been beloved of many-a-sysadmin ever since.…

Microsoft guts doc on 'Limitations of apps and experiences on ARM'

9 hours 21 min ago
Over the weekend it said no Windows customisation, no Hyper-V. That's gone now

Microsoft has altered a document that listed Windows 10's "Limitations of apps and experiences on ARM".…

Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

Fri, 2018-02-16 08:01
It's therefore safe to assume the notch is not going away any time soon

The Apple rumour mill has buzzed with speculation that less-than-completely-astounding sales of Cupertino's latest iPhone, the X, mean it might not be long for this world.…

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics - even location - with new desktop installs

Fri, 2018-02-16 04:02
Data harvest notice will be checked by default

POLL  Future versions of Ubuntu desktop may collect information on the PCs running it unless users opt out.…

Microsoft's Windows 10 Workstation adds killer feature: No Candy Crush

Thu, 2018-02-15 16:29
Now can you remove it from every Start Menu?

Readers with good memories may recall that when Windows NT was launched, it came in Workstation and Advanced Server editions, with the former fulfilling most duties of a server. There were no limits on TCP/IP connections, for example. Just as its developer Dave Cutler intended.…

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

Thu, 2018-02-15 06:06
Frank Dickman is a hell of a super hero name, we gotta say

A fella in the United States is taking Microsoft to court to get Windows 7 put back on his PC.…

Waddawewant? Free video codecs! When dowe .. oh, look, the last MPEG-2 patent expired!

Thu, 2018-02-15 05:01
Never again shall an MPEG-2 encoder be chased out of a Linux distro

It's almost of historical interest only, but everywhere except the Philippines and Malaysia, the last MPEG-2 video encodeer/decoder patents have expired.…

Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

Wed, 2018-02-14 08:04
Jury awards Redmond some pocket change in patent dustup

Microsoft has been awarded just over a quarter of a million dollars in its patent infringement case against Corel.…

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

Tue, 2018-02-13 23:01
Y'all loved AMP for the web, now get it in your inboxes

Having last year dropped its scanning of messages in Gmail to craft personalize ads after years of withering privacy criticism, Google has decided to court controversy again.…

Data scientist wanted: Must have Python, spontaneity not required

Tue, 2018-02-13 12:47
Review of job ads pins average salary at £47k

The average salary offered to data scientists in the past year was £47,000, with Python being the most desirable programming language, according to an analysis of job ads.…

Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

Tue, 2018-02-13 00:26
Demands blanket rather than specific repo shutdowns

Apple's fruitless attempts to remove its leaked iBoot source code from the internet have escalated into requests to have community code site GitHub disable all downstream forks made from identified infringing repositories.…

Are you an open-sorcerer or free software warrior? Let us do battle

Mon, 2018-02-12 10:03
Quickly now, before the suits show up

Open Source Insider  The Open Source Initiative, a non-profit that advocates for open-source software and coined the term, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. It's difficult to conceive of where the internet, indeed the world, would be today were it not for open-source software and, perhaps more importantly, the free software movement that preceded it and continues to promote free software today.…

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

Fri, 2018-02-09 21:43
Nor C-- or Should Have Used Go or Screw Ellison...

Unable to convince Oracle to allow the use of its trademarked term "Java" to refer to the open source version of Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE), the Eclipse Foundation is asking those who care about such things to vote on proposed names for the software project.…

Paging all Microsoft System Centre users: your treadmill is here

Fri, 2018-02-09 02:30
First Semi-Annual release lands with lots of fun for Windows admins and the hybrid cloud crowd

Microsoft's delivered the first Semi-Annual Chanel version of System Centre.…

Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity's Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills

Thu, 2018-02-08 23:50
Open Source Security balks at 'outrageous' lawyer rates

Having defeated a defamation claim for speculating that using Grsecurity's Linux kernel hardening code may expose you to legal risk under the terms of the GPLv2 license, Bruce Perens is back in court.…

Oh FNZ, Aviva! System back up, still trudging through queries backlog

Wed, 2018-02-07 16:03
2-day email turnarounds as users wail over payment lags

Aviva's shiny new online pension system has had a very senior moment that caused difficulties with processing payments, running quotations, accessing valuations or accepting new applications.…

Skype for Biz users: Go watch nature vids. Microsoft wants you to get good at migration

Tue, 2018-02-06 01:58
New roadmap for Teams does everything but name Skype's death date

Microsoft appears to have edged Skype for Business closer to the edge of a cliff.…

Ballmer once yelled: Developers, developers! Today it would be: Docs! Support! Certificates!

Mon, 2018-02-05 23:30
Coders want more than merely moolah, poll finds

Analysis  Technology platform companies depend on third-party developers to such an extent that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer famously turned his company's codependence into a mantra, repeating "Developers! Developers! Developers!" as a sign of appreciation.…

No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

Mon, 2018-02-05 08:28
OS-detection services disagree on which Windows reigns

Web analytics outfit StatCounter last week trumpeted news that Windows 10’s market share overtook Windows 7’s for the first time in January 2018. But other ratings services didn’t find the same result.…

OpenWall unveils kernel protection project

Mon, 2018-02-05 08:02
Guarding the kernel against unauthorised changes

The folk at OpenWall have called for assistance to create a security module to watch Linux kernels for suspicious activity.…