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Microsoft’s New Linux Distro Is a Warning Shot at Red Hat

A Linux Tux-like Logo with a Windows logo on his bellyhendrickn/Shutterstock / Microsoft

Ever so quietly, Microsoft dropped a new operating system out in the wild. No, not Windows 11. Microsoft created its own Linux Distribution. And while you might be tempted to crack jokes that Microsoft hates Linux, this is a big deal. Especially for anyone who relies on Red Hat or Suse.

Microsoft’s new Linux Distro, dubbed Common Base Linux (CBL)-Mariner, isn’t the type of distro you’d want to install directly on any old machine. It’s primarily meant for cloud infrastructure and edge products. Specifically Microsoft’s Cloud and Edge products.

But if you are curious, it’s possible to run. Juan Manuel Rey, a Microsoft Senior Program Manager for Azure VMware, recently published a guide to ISO CBL-Mariner image. With that, you can easily get it up and running. And you can build CBL-Mariner on an Ubuntu 18.04 desktop. So you can try it out, but that’s not the real purpose here.

It’s not a guarantee yet, but with CBL-Mariner, Microsoft could bring what it does best in Windows to Linux—Patch management and distribution. Windows updates might be a hated affair in the consumer world, but in the enterprise area, Microsoft wins points for predictability and reliability. You can carefully install updates, see what they do, roll them out to many machines at scale as you see fit. While Red Hat and Suse provide well-respected distros and some support, they don’t go anywhere near as far as Microsoft. And few other Linux companies (if any) can claim to support on the same massive scale as Microsoft.

It’s a compelling argument for anyone managing servers, especially lots of servers. The biggest reason to go with Windows server management tool is the superior server management processors, but Windows presents its own problems. Linux bypasses many of those issues but lacks the same patching capabilities. But with CBL-Mariner, you can have the best of both worlds. World-class server management capabilities with strong provisioning support for both Unix and Windows and the ability to skip Windows if you need.

It’s hard to overstate the complexities in patching Unix servers compared to the Windows equivalent; it’s a job often done by multiple people on the former end and sometimes handled by just one on the latter. And most people wouldn’t notice as Microsoft quietly became one of the largest Linux distributors in the world. The hard part will be winning over the community. But recent decisions, like letting GitHub live on its own without much control, may help.

It’s too early to say that Microsoft will definitely go in this direction yet, but it’s making all the right moves to enter the Linux Enterprise space. And possibly own it. Companies like Red Hat should probably take notice.

Source: Microsoft

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Josh Hendrickson

T-Mobile 5G home internet service: A hands-on report


T-Mobile’s new 5G home broadband gateway/wireless router matters for one big reason: It’s an alternative to the cable monopolies that dominate most major markets in the United States. Whether it’s a better option than cable is, unfortunately, a question we can’t objectively answer, for two reasons.

First, what T-Mobile officially calls its T-Mobile High Speed Internet Gateway (5G21-12W-A) is “5G”—and the quality and bandwidth of the wireless signal you receive in your home will be dependent on any number of factors, the most significant of which will be the gateway’s distance from your nearest 5G cell tower. You’ll also need to balance what we found against what your own, competing broadband ISP delivers. Fortunately, T-Mobile’s plan offering is flexible enough that you can probably create your own one-month trial.

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Mark Hachman

How Microsoft’s Streaming Strategy Will Change the Future of Computers

For years, Microsoft’s vision was  “[a] computer on every desk, and in every home, running Microsoft software.” But now, Microsoft is a very different company. And with its latest moves in Xbox and Windows, Microsoft’s new vision is clear: “Windows everywhere, even without a single PC in the home.”

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Josh Hendrickson

PayPal ups its weekly cryptocurrency buy limit to $100,000


One way fintechs have set themselves apart from traditional banks is by embracing crypto trading. For some of the biggest names in the sector, the expansion has been a success. Take PayPal. Following in the footsteps of Square’sCash App, the company began allowing US members to buy, hold and sell Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and Bitcoin cash back in November. It followed that with the option to checkout with crypto in March and brought crypto trading to its subsidiary Venmo the following month. Now, as part of its ongoing push into digital currencies, PayPal is upping the amount of crypto users can buy to $100,000 per week and scrapping the $50,000 annual limit altogether.

The expansion marks a fivefold increase to the service’s crypto purchasing limit in less than a year. PayPal says it’s also adding to its in-app guides and educational materials on cryptocurrency to help dispel myths around virtual currencies. In January, PayPal made an investment in US-based tech startup Taxbit, which helps consumers and businesses calculate the taxes owed on cryptocurrency holdings.

The payments company has made it clear that its crypto push is about driving engagement. Speaking at JP Morgan’s annual tech conference in May, PayPal CFO John Rainey said that people who have purchased crypto use the app twice as much as others. A large part of that is people checking the prices of their holdings. Rainey added that 50 percent of crypto holders use the app daily.

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Saqib Shah

Volkswagen reveals its money-maker plan for EVs and autonomous services

Volkswagen has revealed its New Auto 2030 strategy, its roadmap for the rest of the decade, and the automaker is hoping you’ll be willing to pay handsomely for software and autonomous services. Margins on electric vehicles should reach parity with combustion vehicles within 2-3 years, VW predicted today, helping close the gap in the transition, and potentially putting a new … Continue reading

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Chris Davies

Newegg Now Builds and Delivers Custom PCs

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Newegg just entered the world of build-to-order PCs, and its already one of the most compelling options available. For $99 plus the price of parts, Newegg will assemble and deliver a PC using components of your choice. You can choose from the full selection of parts on Newegg’s website, or skip the design process and order a pre-made configuration.

The PC assembly service, called ENIAC, is layered on top of Newegg’s recently-launched Custom PC Builder tool, which helps you pick out and order compatible PC parts from Newegg’s catalog. For those who want a professionally assembled PC, Newegg’s new build-to-order service is a serious treat.

While Newegg isn’t the first company to offer PC assembly, its website has more parts to choose from than any competitor. Also, Newegg says that it can ship assembled PCs faster than other companies, which take “weeks” to fulfill custom orders—the ENIAC FAQ says that its custom-built PCs should arrive in 7 to 10 business days.

The Newegg ENIAC program is in beta, and while the Custom PC Builder tool currently offers ENIAC assembly as an add-on, it may not be available to all users (Newegg also says that select components are not yet eligible for the service). Interestingly, pre-assembled PCs from Newegg are eligible for the company’s 30-day return policy.

Newegg ENIAC

Design a PC from the ground up with Neweggs’ Custom PC Builder tool, then pay an extra $99 to have the computer assembled by professionals. Newegg says that ENIAC orders should deliver within 7 to 10 business days.

Source: Newegg via Geeky Gadgets

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Andrew Heinzman

How to Update Windows Right Now to Fix PrintNightmare | Digital Trends

Run Windows Update and Reboot to make sure the latest patches are installed.

No matter what version of Windows you are running, you need to update NOW. If you are truly paranoid, shutdown your Print Spooler service, and set it to Manual start. You’ll need to start it to print to a network printer, but you will protect your system and network from this serious threat. Check out the article from Digital Trends below.

To Our Customers: If your servers are managed by Proactive Computing, they are already protected from the PrintNightmare threat. But please follow the instructions below to update your Windows PCs and Laptops today.

How to Update Windows Right Now to Fix PrintNightmare | Digital Trends

Pentagon cancels $10 billion cloud contract that Amazon and Microsoft fought over


The Department of Defense announced Tuesday it’s calling off the $10 billion cloud contract that was the subject of a legal battle involving Amazon and Microsoft.

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The Article Was Written/Published By: Lauren Feiner, CNBC and Amanda Macias, CNBC

The high stakes of Branson and Bezos’ race to space


When Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson take flight aboard the rockets their companies built, the hopes and dreams of a burgeoning industry will be flying with them as well.

Why it matters: Accidents or errors on these high-profile flights from Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin could derail their plans — and possibly affect others’ plans — for commercial space tourism and travel.

Driving the news: Last week, Virgin Galactic announced that it would push to fly Branson and others on a fully crewed test flight on July 11, just ahead of Blue Origin’s first flight with Bezos, scheduled for July 20.

  • There has been a low hum of animosity brewing between the two companies in public since it was revealed Bezos might fly before Branson.
  • That rivalry spilled over last week after the Branson announcement, with Blue Origin CEO Bob Smith saying the two companies aren’t after the same prize in these first flights.
  • “We wish him a great and safe flight, but they’re not flying above the Karman line and it’s a very different experience,” Smith said of Branson and Virgin Galactic in a statement via the New York Times. (The Karman line is the unofficial altitude at which space begins, about 62 miles up.)

The big picture: Launching and building satellites is a big moneymaker in the space industry, but suborbital space tourism is seen as a means of getting more people interested in the space industry in the long term.

  • In theory, these flights should be more affordable and available to a large group of people who will only need to train for a day or two before going to the edge of space.
  • If something were to go wrong with one of these high-profile, early flights, it could threaten the companies’ business plans going forward and cast doubt on whether suborbital space tourism could serve as a boon for the rest of the industry.

Flashback: An accident during a Virgin Galactic test flight in 2014 left one pilot dead.

  • After the crash, Branson considered stopping development of the company’s space plane altogether.

Yes, but: The company did continue on, and public support for it has been steady.

  • It’s possible an accident from either of the companies wouldn’t hurt public opinion of the endeavor as a whole.
  • Depending on why an accident occurred, “I don’t think you would see a mass exodus of Virgin Galactic reservation holders or a noticeable drop in interest in flying on Blue Origin,” space historian Robert Pearlman said.

What to watch: A major failure or problem could also put pressure on Congress to start pushing for more regulation of private human spaceflight, which some argue could stifle the space travel industry just as it is beginning.

  • At the moment, the FAA is not allowed to regulate the safety of “spaceflight participants” — Bezos, Branson or anyone else who would fly on one of these vehicles — until at least 2023.
  • Instead, the crews today fly under a regime known as “informed consent” where they must agree to and be told of the risks before launch.
  • That moratorium on regulation was put in place in order to allow the industry to launch before restrictions were placed on it.

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