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  • Windows 11 is now automatically enabling OneDrive folder backup without asking permission

    Mon 6:58pm By Thom Holwerda
    Microsoft has made OneDrive slightly more annoying for Windows 11 users. Quietly and without any announcement, the company changed Windows 11’s initial setup so that it could turn on the automatic folder backup without asking for it. Now, those setting up a…
  • Apple first company to be found violating DMA

    Mon 5:10pm By Thom Holwerda
    Today, the European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that its App Store rules are in breach of the Digital Markets Act (DMA), as they prevent app developers from freely steering consumers to alternative channels for offers and content. In…
  • iOS and iPadOS 18 can format external drives

    Mon 4:39pm By Thom Holwerda
    I can’t believe this is considered something I need to write about, but it’s still a very welcome new feature that surprisingly has taken this long to become available: iOS and iPadOS 18 now allow you to format external storage devices. Last year when I…
  • Mozilla acquires ad analytics company, for some reason

    Sun 6:34pm By Thom Holwerda
    One of my biggest concerns regarding the state of the web isn’t ads (easily blocked) or machine learning (the legal system isn’t going to be kind to that), but the possible demise of Firefox. I’ve long been worried that with the seemingly never-ending…
  • In Windows 3.1 and Windows 95, what is a “grabber”?

    Sun 5:17pm By Thom Holwerda
    Windows 3.0 Enhanced Mode introduced the ability to run MS-DOS programs in a virtual machine. This by itself was already quite an achievement, but it didn’t stop there. It also let you put the MS-DOS session in a window, and run it on the screen along with…
  • Andrew S. Tanenbaum receives ACM Software System Award

    Sun 1:58am By Thom Holwerda
    Andrew S. Tanenbaum, professor emeritus of Computer Science at VU Amsterdam, receives the ACM Software System Award for MINIX, which influenced the teaching of Operating Systems principles to multiple generations of students and contributed to the design of…
  • EasyOS: an experimental Linux distribution

    Fri 6:43pm By Thom Holwerda
    There’s really a Linux distribution for everyone, it seems. EasyOS sounds like it’s going to be some Debian derivative with a theme or something, but it’s truly something different – in fact, it has such a unique philosophy and approach to everything I…
  • Apple won’t release its new AI features in the EU because they don’t comply with EU privacy and…

    Fri 2:33pm By Thom Holwerda
    Apple has announced it’s not shipping three of its tentpole new features, announced during WWDC, in the European Union: Apple Intelligence, iPhone Mirroring, and SharePlay Screen Sharing. Ever since the introduction of especially Apple Intelligence, the…
  • Is 2024 the year of Windows on the desktop?

    Thu 5:53pm By Thom Holwerda
    It should be no secret to anyone reading OSNews that I’m not exactly a fan of Windows. While I grew up using MS-DOS, Windows 3.x, and Windows 9x, the move to Windows XP was a sour one for me, and ever since I’ve vastly preferred first BeOS, and then Linux.…
  • The ExectOS operating system

    Wed 7:16pm By Thom Holwerda
    ExectOS is a preemptive, reentrant multitasking operating system that implements the XT architecture which derives from NT architecture. It is modular, and consists of two main layers: microkernel and user modes. Its’ kernel mode has full access to the…
  • The X Windowing System turns 40 today

    Wed 6:12pm By Thom Holwerda
    Today just so happens to be the 40th birthday of X, the venerable windowing system that’s on its way out, at least in the Linux world. From the original announcement by Robert W. Scheifler: I’ve spent the last couple weeks writing a window system for the…
  • DeepComputing announces third-party RISC-V mainboard for the Framework 13 laptop

    Tue 6:13pm By Thom Holwerda
    Framework, the company making modular, upgradeable, and repairable laptops, and DeepComputing, the same company that’s making the DC ROMA II RISC-V laptop we talked about last week, have announced something incredibly cool: a brand new RISC-V mainboard that…
  • Update on Newton, the Wayland-native accessibility project

    Tue 5:53pm By Thom Holwerda
    There’s incredibly good news for people who use accessibility tools on Linux, but who were facing serious, gamebreaking problems when trying to use Wayland. Matt Campbell, of the GNOME accessibility team, has been hard at work on an entirely new…
  • KDE Plasma 6.1 released

    Tue 4:53pm By Thom Holwerda
    After the very successful release of KDE Plasma 6.0, which moved the entire desktop environment and most of its applications over to Qt 6, fixed a whole slow of bugs, and streamlined the entire KDE desktop and its applications, it’s now time for KDE Plasma…
  • The history of DR-DOS

    Tue 3:02pm By Thom Holwerda
    I’ve always found the world of DOS versions and variants to be confusing, since most of it took place when I was very young (I’m from 1984) so I wasn’t paying much attention to computing quite yet, other than playing DOS games. One of the variants of DOS…
  • Adobe’s hidden cancellation fee is unlawful, FTC suit says

    Tue 2:48pm By Thom Holwerda
    To lock subscribers into recurring monthly payments, Adobe would typically pre-select by default its most popular “annual paid monthly” plan, the FTC alleged. That subscription option locked users into an annual plan despite paying month to month. If they…