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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: ALERT! How to test for major security hole now affecting major distros on: January 28, 2015, 10:39:41 PM
Thanks for this. After running Mint 13 update manager including libc updates:

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52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Quick list of 7 FOSS Cloud Storage Products for Self-hosting on: January 25, 2015, 12:00:40 AM
Thanks
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Quick list of 7 FOSS Cloud Storage Products for Self-hosting on: January 24, 2015, 10:02:03 PM
Full article link doesn't go anywhere smiley
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 09:48:55 PM
@40hz
Can you please explain further what leads you to the Linux line you posted? How it relates to today's news?
Serious question, I am not trying to be funny, may be I should read again but don't see the actual connection to something MS said today.

It's not in the statement from Microsoft I quoted.

But many times in the past Microsoft has alleged that Linux/GNU violates in excess of 200 of its software patents. And although the company has waffled around acting upon it (and refused to say exactly what those patents are) no person in a position of authority at Microsoft has ever ruled out a future lawsuit or series of lawsuits. At this point in time, Microsoft seems to have contented itself with spreading enough FUD that many companies (and a few big Linux distros such as Redhat and Suse) have purchased licenses from Microsoft for supposedly infringing their IP. Unfortunately, those licenses are (by contractual agreement) a secret between Microsoft and those who signed them. So nobody in the broader FOSS community knows what the specific claimed IP violations are, or is able to re-code or change things in order to be non-infringing. Assuming they actually are. Cute move huh? It's basically saying: "You're infringing - but we're not going to do anything to let you know what or where."

When Linux began to look like it had a shot at becoming the next dominant desktop OS, Microsoft upped it's posturing and threatening. Including threatening corporations that adopted Linux. It's true that once Windows 7 became the success it became, and some major players in the FOSS community caved in and bought questionable licenses, Microsoft ramped their threats back down. But again. they never ruled out legal action in the future.

From Microsoft's past rhetoric and behavior, I suspect if they get a lot of pushback on where Windows 10 seems to be going - and Linux again starts looking like a good replacement - they'll start up their legal bullying and FUD machine again. Or possibly invoke the nuclear option and actually file a lawsuit against someone. Most likely Linux (i.e. the kernal) itself, which they claim has something like 65 infringing pieces in it.

Hope that clarifies. It's a long story. And it's been going on for the last 10 or so years. This is an older article that gets into the nitty -gritty of the thing. It'll give you some background as to what it's all about.

Thanks. The lesson from back in the day of SCO Linux suits is I think it became clear that enough big names want/need Linux that I think we are almost certainly not reaching the place you allude to soon. Now if MS does more "buying into" Linux (patents, etc.) and then kill it from the inside ... probably still unlikely.

Linux for the desktop is far from a real threat anyway, over the years I have listed a few reasons here and elsewhere. Many big and small quirks...
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 as an Internet service? on: January 21, 2015, 04:57:33 PM
@40hz
Can you please explain further what leads you to the Linux line you posted? How it relates to today's news?
Serious question, I am not trying to be funny, may be I should read again but don't see the actual connection to something MS said today.
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 21, 2015, 01:35:50 AM
One also has to register if they plan on giving credits to a developer, in appreciation for their work.  Wink

You made her register to send you credits?  tongue
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wireless networking and wifi printer help on: January 18, 2015, 10:39:22 PM
samsung M2835DW...

destructions say it uses 'wifi direct' which I gather is specific (peculiar?) to intel chipsets, though that shouldn't be an impediment to 'normal' operation

 Grin

Using any brand printing via wifi has always been similar to that for me, remove, re-discover and re-add printer
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: flashplayer fix - is this safe? on: January 18, 2015, 09:28:58 PM
Haven't tried this in years but it's on Adobe's site so should be still applicable
http://helpx.adobe.com/fl...flash-player-windows.html
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of download sites on: January 14, 2015, 02:03:53 PM
Not to say mouser is wrong at all but as of this date never had any issues with softpedia. Most of their downloads are available as 'from softpedia server or author site' too.
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beware of Freeware downloads on: January 12, 2015, 11:20:30 AM
DC should become a freeware download site  mrgreen
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Spam complications on: January 10, 2015, 01:35:17 PM
Welcome Hans

62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ALERT! FreewareBB shutting down. And with a warning from Marko? on: January 08, 2015, 11:19:32 PM
Someone is responsible for the site itself but doesn't own the url?  huh
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Can anyone help break "router block"? on: January 05, 2015, 01:16:36 PM
On the subject of reviews, for modems and routers you will never get a consensus good or bad. TVs, computers and anything else you can name will never match modems and routers in that sense, believe me I know this.  You will have to go by one source you trust (for whatever reason) like for example here DC.
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: January 03, 2015, 08:34:06 PM
USB Armory seems intriguing, what's everybody's opinion about it?
Well, for me it's too small, too application-specific and too expensive compared to many of the other contenders.
I'd go for an RPi-compatible board with more horse-power, as the RPi is 'rather sluggish', to say it nicely embarassed

Thanks  smiley
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: January 02, 2015, 11:48:18 AM
USB Armory seems intriguing, what's everybody's opinion about it?
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy New Year! =D on: December 31, 2014, 01:00:38 PM
Happy New Year everybody.  smiley
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: December 30, 2014, 04:14:38 PM
Missed a few lately: 40hz's 11,111th post...

It'll be easier with me going forward. Grin I plan on drastically cutting back my online presence starting next year. It's one of my top resolutions. And I'm usually pretty good at keeping them. Thmbsup

DC is not just any online place though  Wink
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: new Site for my Software on: December 29, 2014, 09:33:21 PM
What he means is that tk doesn't come with any storage
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: December 24, 2014, 08:51:04 PM
Thanks for the Shutter mention 40hz, running to try cheesy
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Holidays! on: December 24, 2014, 08:49:12 PM
Happy Holidays everybody

71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 22, 2014, 11:30:38 AM
72  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ashampoo Office 2012: $5 on: December 22, 2014, 02:05:17 AM
Giveaway of the Day - Ashampoo Office 2010

Free, on now http://www.giveawayofthed...com/ashampoo-office-2010/
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Every Episode Of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked on: December 16, 2014, 02:24:24 PM
Playboy doesn't offer anything like what you are thinking for free  Grin

EDIT: I mean you are not likely to see adult things by going to that link
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Every Episode Of Every 'Star Trek' Series Ever, Ranked on: December 16, 2014, 01:49:13 PM
Darmok is very very smart and I am glad it is in the top 5. Where Silence Has Lease has to be way higher than 300s
75  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Wordfence Hacked on: December 14, 2014, 07:41:53 PM
Generally speaking only my topics are delete-able  tongue
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