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Microsoft's Component Firmware Update Is Their Latest Short-Sighted Spec

Microsoft's newest specification is the "Component Firmware Update" that they envision as a standard for OEMs/IHVs to be able to handle device firmware/microcode updating in a robust and secure manner. While nice in theory, the actual implementation has a number of issues that complicate the process and could quickly evolve into another troubling specification from Microsoft in the hardware space.

15 August 2019 - Microsoft CFU - 13 Comments
Microsoft Works On Adding More Bling To The Windows Terminal

Since Microsoft's first preview release of Windows Terminal earlier this summer it's been entertaining to watch its evolution with the Redmond giant trying to make a first-rate terminal emulator for Windows and one that can appease veteran Linux users.

6 August 2019 - Windows Terminal 0.3 - 28 Comments
Microsoft Releases First Preview Of Windows Terminal

In addition to the recent preview of Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2), Microsoft also kept to their word from the Build 2019 conference of issuing their first preview of "Windows Terminal" in June. The first of several preview releases of Windows Terminal is now available from the Microsoft Store.

22 June 2019 - Windows Terminal - 36 Comments
CERN Is Working To Move Further Away From Microsoft Due To License Costs Going Up By 10x

CERN, The European Organization for Nuclear Research that is home to the Large Hadron Collider and a lot of other experiments, is experimenting with moving further away from Microsoft products. Due to Microsoft license fee increases affecting their work in the research laboratory and its budget, they established the Microsoft Alternatives "MAlt" project.

12 June 2019 - CERN Microsoft Alternatives - 90 Comments
WinTUN: Windows Finally Gets A Good TUN Driver & It's Open-Source

With existing Windows APIs being a nuisance, under NDA'ed documentation, and other problems, WireGuard developers have taken to developing a "good" TUN driver for Windows. This lets user-space programs serve as virtual network adapters to read/write directly into the network stack.

24 March 2019 - WinTUN - 9 Comments
Microsoft Developer: You Still Should Have Anti-Virus With Windows Subsystem For Linux

While disabling Windows Defender or other anti-virus programs may partially help offset the performance losses imposed by running Windows Subsystem for Linux, a.k.a. "Bash for Windows" or Ubuntu and other distributions running natively atop Windows 10 and now Windows Server 2019, it's not the root cause of the I/O performance bottleneck and is not a recommended course of action.

14 February 2019 - Do Not Skip Windows Defender - 22 Comments
Microsoft Had Another Year Of Big Open-Source Surprises

The past few years have been filled with rather big surprises by Microsoft as it pertains to Linux/open-source. During 2015 they began supporting VP9, open-sourcing more of their projects and began embracing LLVM/Clang while in 2016 they bought out Xamarin, launched SQL Server for Linux, and kept on open-sourcing. Last year was very interesting as well with Microsoft joining the OSI, continuing to advance Windows Subsystem for Linux, and doing more about .NET on Linux. But this year was arguably their most surprising year yet.

25 December 2018 - Microsoft Linux 2018 - 39 Comments
The FSF Wants Microsoft To Do More To Help Fight Software Patents

Following yesterday's rather landmark move of Microsoft joining the Open Invention Network and thus allowing much of its vast patent collection now being allowed to help off patent attacks within the Linux/open-source ecosystem, the Free Software Foundation applauded the move but wants Microsoft to do more.

11 October 2018 - Not Enough - 40 Comments
Microsoft Launches Open-Source MS-DOS On GitHub

Four years ago Microsoft made public the source-code to MS-DOS 1.25 and 2.0 to the Computer History Museum. Today though they're making it much more accessible and friendly to modern developers by pushing it onto GitHub.

28 September 2018 - MS-DOS 1.25 / 2.00 - 45 Comments
Windows Server 2019 Reaching GA Next Month

For those running a mix of Linux and Windows Servers or simply wanting to know what the "competition" has going on, Microsoft announced today that Windows Server 2019 will be reaching general availability in October.

24 September 2018 - Windows Server 2019 - 25 Comments

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