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  • This is Microsoft’s canceled Andromeda OS running on a Lumia 950

    Fri 7:21pm By Thom Holwerda
    Ever wondered what Microsoft’s canceled version of Windows for the Surface Duo was going to be like? Well wonder no more, as we’ve got a first hands-on look at a pre-release build from mid-2018 running on a Lumia 950. We’ve already shown you what…
  • RTM/Z80

    Fri 6:35pm By Thom Holwerda
    RTM/Z80 is a multitasking kernel, built for Z80 based computers, written in Z80 assembly language, providing its users with an Application Programming Interface (API) accessible from programs written in the C language and the Z80 assembly language. It is…
  • Google requiring all ‘G Suite legacy free edition’ users to start paying for Workspace this year

    Wed 7:01pm By Thom Holwerda
    In 2020, G Suite became Google Workspace as part of a mass reorganization of the company’s apps for the “future of work.” Various plans were migrated over, and Google is now finally getting rid of the G Suite legacy free edition. “Google Apps” for…
  • What goes into making an OS to be Unix compliant certified?

    Wed 6:46pm By Thom Holwerda
    A lot. I was the tech lead at Apple for making Mac OS X pass UNIX certification, and it was done to get Apple out of a $200M lawsuit filed by The Open Group, for use of the UNIX trademark in advertising. Fascinating bit of history.
  • Microsoft set to purchase Activision Blizzard in $68.7 billion deal

    Tue 4:52pm By Thom Holwerda
    Microsoft announced plans on Tuesday morning to purchase gaming mega-publisher Activision Blizzard for a record-setting $68.7 billion. When finalized, the acquisition would bring franchises like Call of Duty, Overwatch, Diablo, World of Warcraft, Starcraft,…
  • DragonFly BSD 6.2 released

    Mon 7:00pm By Thom Holwerda
    DragonFly version 6.2 is the next step in the 6.x release series. This version has hardware support for type-2 hypervisors with NVMM, an amdgpu driver, the experimental ability to remote-mount HAMMER2 volumes, and many other changes. You can get the new…
  • Windows 11’s Device Manager finally uses OS path instead of A:

    Mon 6:58pm By Thom Holwerda
    Microsoft took a while to figure out that the A: assignment is pointless as the era of Floppy drives is now over. This has been fixed in Windows 11 Build 22000 (stable). Starting with Windows 11, Device Manager no longer defaults to A: i.e it doesn’t ask you…
  • Debut of X

    Mon 2:52pm By Thom Holwerda
    I’ve spent the last couple weeks writing a window system for the VS100. I stole a fair amount of code from W, surrounded it with an asynchronous rather than a synchronous interface, and called it X. Overall performance appears to be about twice that of W.…
  • Hello Mac OS X Tiger

    Mon 2:50pm By Thom Holwerda
    2005! The future is here! You have just spent $129 for the newest release of Mac OS X: Tiger. You’re amazed by the brand new Spotlight and Safari RSS, you like your new OS so much you want to develop apps for it. You read on Apple’s website about this app…
  • GhostBSD 22.01.12 released

    Mon 8:09am By Thom Holwerda
    This new ISO contains fixes, improvements, and software updates. Finally, the installer hanging at the cleaning stage for ZFS installation got fixed, and OpenRC and dhcpcd were removed from the base code. Furthermore, automation configuration for HD 7000…
  • Exploring System76’s new Rust-based desktop environment

    Mon 8:01am By Thom Holwerda
    A few months ago, System76 announced that they would be developing a new desktop environment based on the Rust programming language called COSMIC. Their idea is to create a desktop environment that is similar to the one that is currently available for the…
  • PCIe 6.0 specification published

    Jan 14, 2022, 5:08 am By Thom Holwerda
    PCI Express technology has served as the de facto interconnect of choice for nearly two decades. The PCIe 6.0 specification doubles the bandwidth and power efficiency of the PCIe 5.0 specification (32 GT/s), while providing low latency and reduced bandwidth…
  • Linux 5.16 released

    Jan 14, 2022, 5:02 am By Thom Holwerda
    Linux 5.16 has many new features including the FUTEX2 futex_waitv system call for helping Steam Play (and Wine), memory folios have been mainlined, AMD Ryzen 6000 mobile series support is getting into better shape, Intel Alder Lake S graphics are now…
  • A data black hole: Europol ordered to delete vast store of personal data

    Jan 14, 2022, 4:59 am By Fabjo Arbaro
    The EU’s police agency, Europol, will be forced to delete much of a vast store of personal data that it has been found to have amassed unlawfully by the bloc’s data protection watchdog. The unprecedented finding from the European Data Protection Supervisor…
  • Pluton is not (currently) a threat to software freedom

    Jan 11, 2022, 3:55 am By Thom Holwerda
    At CES this week, Lenovo announced that their new Z-series laptops would ship with AMD processors that incorporate Microsoft’s Pluton security chip. There’s a fair degree of cynicism around whether Microsoft have the interests of the industry as a whole at…