IBM officially acquires Red Hat for $34 billion — Linux distros are unaffected

IBM has closed its acquisition of Red Hat following the statement of intent back in October. Following the $34 billion deal, Red Hat will operate as a distinct unit within IBM — and will be reported as part of IBM’s Cloud and Cognitive Software segment. For IBM, the deal means fully embracing open source as it looks to accelerate its business model within the enterprise. For Red Hat, it means expanding its client base and working with a big player in the enterprise cloud business. Red Hat CTO Chris Wright says: “We are coming together to build upon a firm… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/07/09/ibm-acquires-red-hat/

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 20H1 Build 18917 with Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2)

Windows Insiders are currently testing builds from the 20H1 branch due out a year from now. The latest new flight, Build 18917, introduces download throttling and Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, as well as a whole host of other improvements. SEE ALSO: Free up over 17GB of storage space by cleaning up after the Windows 10 May 2019 Update How to use emoji to name files and folders on Windows 10 How to download any version of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (and Office) How to rollback and uninstall the Windows 10 May 2019 Update In response to… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/06/13/windows-10-20h1-build-18917-wsl-2/

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Linux kernel RDS flaw affects Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian and SUSE

If you’re not in the habit of keeping up to date with the latest version of the Linux kernel, now might be a good time to think about doing so. Systems based on versions of the kernel older than 5.0.8 suffer from a severe flaw in the implementation of RDS over TCP. Left unpatched, the flaw could enable an attacker to compromise a system. The National Vulnerability Database entry says: “There is a race condition leading to a use-after-free, related to net namespace cleanup”. Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian and SUSE are all affected by the flaw, and security advisories have… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/05/20/linux-kernel-rds-flaw/

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How to check if your Windows or Linux system is vulnerable to Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) attacks

Intel yesterday disclosed a new group of Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) hardware vulnerabilities that affect its CPUs. Rogue In-Flight Data Load (RIDL), Fallout, and ZombieLoad speculative execution attacks are related to Spectre and Meltdown which were discovered last year, and allow attackers to leak in-flight data from CPU-internal buffers (Line Fill Buffers, Load Ports, Store Buffers), including data never stored in CPU caches. SEE ALSO: Microsoft issues new patch for Windows XP to fight a dangerous ‘wormable’ vulnerability You can find out more about the various vulnerabilities at CPU.fail. The problem affects all modern Intel CPUs across servers, desktops and… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/05/15/check-if-vulnerable-to-microarchitectural-data-sampling-mds-attacks/

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Ubuntu Linux 19.04 ‘Disco Dingo’ is finally available for download

Christmas. Thanksgiving. Ubuntu release day. What do those three things have in common? They are days that cause many people to get excited. Back in the day, computer users would get excited about a new version of Windows too, such as Windows 95, XP, and 7 to name a few. Since Windows 8, however, Microsoft’s new operating systems are hardly a reason for celebration. New versions of Ubuntu, the extremely popular Linux-based operating system, does pique the interest of many, including yours truly. Today, Linux users around the world should celebrate, as Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo” is finally here! Following… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/04/18/ubuntu-linux-disco-dingo-final/

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Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo Beta now available with Linux kernel 5.0 and GNOME 3.32

Ubuntu is a great operating system. In fact, it has been so good for so long that many people take it for granted. Seriously, folks, think about how remarkable it is that such a high-quality Linux distribution is available for free. Despite it not costing anything, Ubuntu is arguably superior to the much-maligned Windows 10. Microsoft’s operating system actually costs money now, and many users didn’t even upgrade when it was offered for free. Today, Canonical’s operating system reaches a major milestone. You see, Ubuntu 19.04, which is named “Disco Dingo,” has achieved Beta status. And yes, you can download… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/03/29/ubuntu-linux-1904-disco-dingo-beta/

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Updated WSL in Windows 10 version 1903 lets you access Linux files from Windows

The marriage between Linux and Windows is getting stronger. Having embraced Linux with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), Microsoft is now doing what users have been begging for: Windows 10 April 2019 Update makes it possible to access Linux files from Windows. As well as enabling you to open Linux files from within Explorer, Windows 10 version 1903 gives you the option of editing Linux files from Windows. See also: Microsoft takes Insiders into next year, with the release of the first Windows 10 20H1 build Forget Linux — Here’s how to install Windows 10 on Raspberry Pi 3 Dirty_Sock… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/02/16/access-linux-files-from-windows/

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Here’s what’s new in Kodi 18.1 ‘Leia’ RC

Yesterday, the Kodi Foundation rolled out a release candidate for Kodi 18.1, the first update for the newest version of its popular home theater software. If you’ve been having problems with Kodi 18, then you’ll want to grab this as it comes with a long list of fixes and improvements. SEE ALSO: Kodi 18.1 ‘Leia’ RC now available to download Kodi 18.1 ‘Leia’ RC promises the following changes: Speed up Player and Playlists operations with JSON-RPC Define a senseful default value for advanced settings ‘updateemptytagsinterval’ Revert edge case crash fix that caused DVDs to be not recognized on macOS Remove… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/02/12/heres-whats-new-in-kodi-18-1-leia-rc/

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Kodi 18.1 ‘Leia’ RC now available to download

It’s been two weeks since the Kodi Foundation rolled out the official stable release of Kodi 18 ‘Leia’, the latest iteration of its hugely popular home theater software. Kodi 18 offers lots of big changes, including a new Games area, updated and improved PVR backend clients, and a redesigned Music section. It’s great, but if you’ve been having problems with the software, the latest update — Kodi 18.1 RC — might fix them for you. SEE ALSO: Kodi 18 ‘Leia’ is officially available — download it NOW! As the name suggests, this is a release candidate for 18.1, so it… [Continue Reading]


Original URL: https://betanews.com/2019/02/11/kodi-18-1-leia-rc-now-available-to-download/

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