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  • GNOME to prevent theming, wider community not happy

    Thu 8:11pm By Thom Holwerda
    If you’ve been paying attention to recent chatter in the GNOME and surrounding communities, you may have noticed there’s a lot of disgruntled developers within certain communities that rely on parts of the GNOME stack, such as Pop!_OS and Budgie. I’ve…
  • Sailfish OS 4.2.0 released

    Thu 7:46pm By Thom Holwerda
    Sailfish OS 4.2.0 has been released, and it packs a completely reworked sharing systems, improvements to the browser and camera application, further work on application sandboxing, and more. Read the full release notes for more details.
  • Intel Seamless Update: Intel preparing for system firmware updates without the reboot

    Thu 7:41pm By Thom Holwerda
    “Intel Seamless Update” is a forthcoming feature for Intel platforms seemingly first being exposed by their new Linux kernel patches working on the functionality… Intel is working on being able to carry out system firmware updates such as UEFI updates…
  • Mozilla has defeated Microsoft’s default browser protections in Windows

    Tue 3:02pm By Thom Holwerda
    In version 91 of Firefox, released on August 10th, Mozilla has reverse engineered the way Microsoft sets Edge as default in Windows 10, and enabled Firefox to quickly make itself the default. Before this change, Firefox users would be sent to the Settings part…
  • South Korea fines Google, allows Android forks

    Tue 2:58pm By Thom Holwerda
    The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) said on Tuesday Google’s contract terms with device makers amounted to an abuse of its dominant market position that restricted competition in the mobile OS market. Under the AFA, manufacturers could not equip their…
  • PC DOS 1.1 from scratch

    Fri 9:56pm By Thom Holwerda
    A number of years ago, the Computer History Museum together with Microsoft released the source code for MS-DOS 1.25 (very close to PC DOS 1.1) and MS-DOS 2.11. I never did anything with it beyond glancing at the code, in no small part because the release was…
  • Major win for Epic Games: Apple has 90 days to open up app store payments

    Fri 9:52pm By Thom Holwerda
    On Friday, the Northern California judge handling the closely watched Epic Games v. Apple court case turned in a ruling that, in many ways, works out in Apple’s favor—but with one massive, App Store-changing exception. The ruling from US District Judge…
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux GUI

    Fri 9:45pm By Thom Holwerda
    WSLg is short for Windows Subsystem for Linux GUI and the purpose of the project is to enable support for running Linux GUI applications (X11 and Wayland) on Windows in a fully integrated desktop experience. WSLg provides an integrated experience for…
  • Revealed: Google illegally underpaid thousands of workers across dozens of countries

    Fri 9:38pm By Thom Holwerda
    Google has been illegally underpaying thousands of temporary workers in dozens of countries and delayed correcting the pay rates for more than two years as it attempted to cover up the problem, the Guardian can reveal. Google executives have been aware since…
  • Why that Thunderbolt add-in card doesn’t work properly in your unsupported PC

    Fri 9:35pm By Thom Holwerda
    I’ve long been intrigued by Thunderbolt add-in cards. Apparently regular looking PCIe expansion cards, but shipped with a mystery interface cable to the motherboard, of which there is a small list of supported models. It’s not a secret that these cards may…
  • Pumpkin OS: Palm OS ported to x86-64

    Sep 8, 2021, 10:41 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Pumpkin is the name I have given to my port of PalmOS running on the x64 architecture. Please refer to this article for basic information on this project. Also look for other articles in the PalmOS category for more information and some technical details on…
  • Unlike POWER9, IBM’s new POWER10 processors are not completely open source

    Sep 8, 2021, 6:28 pm By Thom Holwerda
    While POWER9 was big for open-source fans with the formation of the OpenPOWER Foundation and Raptor Computing Systems designing POWER9-based systems that are fully open-source down to schematics and the motherboard firmware, the same can’t be currently said…
  • GhostBSD 21.09.06 released

    Sep 8, 2021, 6:21 pm By Thom Holwerda
    I am happy to announce the new ISO 21.09.06. This new ISO contains the switch from OpenRC to FreeBSD rc.d and numerous fixes and improvements. GhostBSD is a desktop-oriented BSD distribution using MATE.
  • Android 12 is ‘just a few weeks away’ as release candidate Beta 5 lands

    Sep 8, 2021, 6:18 pm By Thom Holwerda
    Android 12 Beta 5 is here. For those that haven’t been following along at home, this is the last expected release before it hits stable and is ready for the masses — a so-called “release candidate” version that should be almost good to go. This latest…
  • KDE Slimbook: the best way to run KDE

    Sep 6, 2021, 7:10 pm By Thom Holwerda
    How do you write a review of a laptop when you’re struggling to find truly negative things to say? This is rarely an issue – every laptop is a compromise – but with the KDE Slimbook, I feel like I’ve hit this particular problem for the first time. A…