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Ask LH: Can I Get A Refund Because Presto Doesn't Work On Linux?

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Dear Lifehacker, I was recently in hospital and wanted to try out some streaming services in Australia. I have a Linux laptop. I tried out Stan on the free 30-day trial but then realised it uses Silverlight so I cancelled that straight away. Then I wanted to try Presto which has no free trial.

I signed up because it was only 10 bucks and on the supported devices it lists PCs and Macs, with no qualification, but much to my dismay the service doesn’t work on Linux machines. Foxtel refuses to give me a refund. Is this false advertising, and is there any way to submit a complaint about them? Thanks, No Light At The End Of The Tunnel

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The privacy differential - why don't more non-US and open source firms use the NSA as marketing collateral?

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The shockwaves generated by Edward Snowden's revelations of the close collaboration between US tech giants such as Microsoft and Apple and the NSA are still reverberating through the industry. Those disclosures, together with related ones such as the involvement of the NSA in industrial espionage, as well as the asymmetric nature of US law when it comes to gathering data from foreign individuals, present something of an open goal for non-US technology companies - or so one might have thought.

On the face of it, then, it is surprising that non-US technology firms and others that can distance themselves from the US law are not proclaiming this fact more loudly. After all, there must be a considerable number of organisations that would dearly love to locate their data as far away from the attentions of the NSA as possible.

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Hey Windows User, Should You Switch To Linux or Mac?

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Mac

You can answer three questions to choose between Linux or Windows, and you can gripe about how Windows is killing the traditional desktop, but all that is fluff. The purpose of an operating system is to put forth an environment where you can get things done—where you can get things done. You are what matters and everything else is bullshit.

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Windows Fans Will Find That Q4OS Is the Perfect Replacement, For Windows XP

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Q4OS, a Linux distribution built to offer a similar desktop experience as Windows OSes, has been upgraded once again and it looks like the developers are getting real close to the mythic 1.0 release.

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Windows 10 Will Not Kill the Linux Desktop, It Actually Needs It

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Microsoft is working very hard on Windows 10 and it's baking everything on the success of this new operating system. This prompted some voices in the community that it's the end of the Linux desktop, whatever that means, but I'm here to tell you that's not really the case.

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Microsoft to give Windows 10 ‘free-of-cost’ to Raspberry Pi 2 users!

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Raspberry Pi needs no introduction. It’s a credit card size computer which can do a lot of things that your quad core desktop would do. The device is extremely popular among enthusiasts and developers. And the foundation that develops the device has announced the version 2 of the devices – Raspberry Pi 2.

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Should You Upgrade From Windows 7 To Windows 8.1 Or Linux Mint?

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Upgrading your computer from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 is not guaranteed to be a seamless experience whereby you click a few buttons and hey presto it works.

To prove this point I took a Windows 7 computer and installed Windows 8.1 in two different ways to see what would happen. In both cases the result was the same.

The computer that I used for this experiment was a Dell Inspiron 3521. After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 the video drivers were lost and I was left with a fuzzy low resolution screen. The network drivers were also a bit ropey. The same thing happened when I installed Windows 8.1 straight from disk as a clean installation.

To fix the problems all I had to do was download the correct drivers and install them but that meant navigating the Dell website (which isn't a particularly easy affair) and download the correct drivers and install them in the correct order.

Whilst the task in hand was fairly straight forward it clearly shows that Windows doesn't just work in the same way that when you install Linux for the first time you might have to install extra drivers and codecs as well.

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Bill Gates Inadvertently Shows Off Ubuntu on His Facebook Page

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Bill Gates is much more involved in philanthropy than Microsoft these days and he's done some great work regarding the eradications of certain diseases and to improve the quality of life in a number of third world countries. He's also inadvertently promoted Ubuntu, which is a Linux system.

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Mobie Is a Tablet That Dual-Boots Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Windows 8.1

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Ubuntu

Mobie is a new kind of 2-in-1 tablet developed in Finland that is capable to dual-boot Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Windows 8.1. It's being launched in a couple of months and it already looks very good, at least on paper.

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Sorry, Windows 10 Fans, but This Is What Icons Should Look Like

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The icon theme of an operating system has more importance than people might imagine. Microsoft has updated the icons for the latest Windows 10 preview and they actually look terrible and they lack consistency. We listed a few Linux ones for a better comparison.

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