The INQUIRER first pointed to the fact that the terms and conditions of the Windows 10 Insider programme included an agreement to accept use of a keylogger way back in 2014, and we were categorically told at the time that it was related to the fact it was a beta, it was for product testing only and it was a permission, it didn't mean they were actually using it.
But now Reddit has pointed out that the same clause remains in the final version of the operating system, and that it is being actively used as part of the personalisation process, which was contradictory to assurances we were given at the time.
With Ubuntu 17.04, Unity 7 with the X.Org Server remains the default desktop environment, but Unity 8 and Mir can be found on the default ISO and it's just a matter of logging out and into the experimental Unity 8 session. It's really easy to try out for those interested. For my tests today I was using an Intel Xeon box with a Radeon RX 470 graphics card atop Ubuntu 17.04's default Mesa packages and kernel. Overall it was an interesting experience and while a lot of bugs remain, the Unity 8 experience was much better than the last time I tried it a few months ago and is almost up to being usable for a daily Linux desktop.
When someone is interested in trying a Linux-based desktop operating system for the first time, they often choose Ubuntu. This is a smart choice, as it is easy to use, well supported, and quite beautiful. Even if you don't like the Unity desktop environment, there are several other DEs, or flavors, from which to choose -- GNOME, KDE, and Xfce to name a few.
Today, the Final Beta of Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus' becomes available for download. While it is never a good idea to run pre-release software on production machines, Canonical is claiming that it should be largely bug free at this point. In other words, if you understand the risks, it should be fairly safe. Home users aside, this is a good opportunity for administrators to conduct testing prior to the official release next month.
Thanks to Playstation Plus, I’m given a handful of free games to try out on my PS4 each month. Amongst last month’s bundle was a fascinating game called The Swindle [Steam, Official Site]. After playing for 10 minutes, I was hooked. After playing for an hour, I was turfed off “my” PS4 by my impatient children.
If you are looking for a new Linux-native game title to pick up this weekend and are into WW2 FPS games, Day of Infamy is now available.
Day of Infamy formally launched today and it's greeted with same-day Linux support after previously being available via Steam Early Access. This game is made by New World Interactive, the same studio that developed Insurgency -- in fact, Day of Infamy started out based on Insurgency.
Day of Infamy started in late 2015 as a mod for Insurgency, created by a mix of the developers at New World and members of the modding community. Shortly after an announcement at the PC Gaming show at E3 in 2016, Day of Infamy launched into Early Access on Steam in July 2016.
With one of their last patches, they also introduced official Linux support as it wasn't considered stable enough until then.
CodeWeavers has announced CrossOver 16.2 as the newest release of their Wine-based software for running Windows programs on Linux and macOS.
San Francisco Open Source Voting System Project Continues On
At the February 15 Elections Commission meeting, the Elections Commission voted unanimously to ask the Mayor's Office to allocate $4 million towards initial development of the open source voting project for the 2018-19 fiscal year (from Aug. 2018 - July 2019). This would go towards initial development once the planning phase is complete.