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Message 2069373 - Posted: 26 Feb 2021, 16:46:12 UTC - in response to Message 2069246.  
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What are they trying to prove?
Windows Subsystem for Linux 2: The GUI features developers have been asking for
Microsoft's WSL 2 is getting graphics support. Here's how to get ready for it.

Thanks for that.

The answer is all in the last paragraph:

... WSL 2 is an important component of Windows 10, helping Microsoft bring developers back to Windows PCs. Integrating Linux GUI applications with the Windows desktop should make it even more attractive -- especially if it can be delivered seamlessly, without requiring additional hardware-specific drivers. The easier it is, the better. With an intended audience who only want to write code, seamlessly breaking down the barriers between Windows and Linux is essential to its future.

The "it" there is both WSL and Microsoft...


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Message 2070209 - Posted: 8 Mar 2021, 21:46:56 UTC

MS to Fix Broken Windows Update with New Rollout
Microsoft is trying a new method for releasing and managing Windows 10 updates. The aim is to reduce the number of bugs where an update doesn't install properly.

The plan involves combining two types of updates: cumulative and servicing stack updates, which were previously released separately.

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Message 2070237 - Posted: 9 Mar 2021, 4:07:33 UTC - in response to Message 2070209.  

I've been busy for a few days converting some rather old Linux systems over to some new hosting elsewhere on some very different Linux systems...

OK, so we had the completely expected problem of somewhat different configs, but that was expected.

What has really impressed me is that even for some radical conversions of databases, once we realigned the configs to the new formats: It is all just working. Fantastic.


The big 'take-home' aspect is the visibility available of what is happening on a Linux system (systemd obfuscation excepted!). We have complete control of what updates we use and what versions we can migrate through, or even the choice of a nuclear-option conversion in one big jump via a standards compliant jump. There always seems to be a way, and it works.

In painful contrast, I still have nightmares from when I was given a Windows based database that Must Be Recovered to find that it was an obscure proprietary version with no compatibility with anything current. That one took some country-wide contacts to spirit up a virtual machine archive from elsewhere in the country 'as a favor' so that we could even get to take a look at what the data was. Sheesh!!!!!!!!!!! (That one cost a few beers!)


Lock-in is simply bad. Don't accept it!

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Message 2070467 - Posted: 12 Mar 2021, 3:24:19 UTC

Ooops! More 'fixes'?


Another Windows 10 patch that breaks printers ups ante to full-on Blue Screen of Death
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Microsoft's near-legendary approach to quality in Windows has struck again, with customers complaining of blue screens rather than print-outs following a recent patch...


Is this all a cunning plot to drive everyone paperless into the Microsoft Cloud?...


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Message 2070895 - Posted: 17 Mar 2021, 3:45:53 UTC - in response to Message 2070467.  

Is this all a cunning plot to drive everyone paperless into the Microsoft Cloud?...
Think of the revenue stream!
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Message 2071187 - Posted: 19 Mar 2021, 14:03:06 UTC - in response to Message 2070895.  

Is this all a cunning plot to drive everyone paperless into the Microsoft Cloud?...
Think of the revenue stream!

For an ongoing reprint:

Partial beer print horror as Microsoft's printer bug fix, er, doesn't
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Updated: Microsoft continues to demonstrate its impressive commitment to Windows quality by admitting the patch it released to patch the patch that broke printing was, er, itself broken...

... So, while your computer might not freeze when printing, what comes out of the printer for affected users might still be absolute garbage.

The Register reader who originally reported the problem to us confirmed the issue and told us that as well as BSODing systems, some drivers were leaving blocks of whitespace.

"The BSOD seems fixed," he said, "but white space is still there. So KB5001567 only half fixes the problem."...




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Message 2073405 - Posted: 15 Apr 2021, 11:35:57 UTC
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This is a curious turn-around:


The Core i9-11900K is Faster On Windows 10 Than Linux
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Courtesy of Phoronix; ... for Intel's new Core i9-11900K Rocket Lake CPU. Tests show the i9 wining more benchmarks in a Windows 10 environment compared to Linux Ubuntu...

... This is unusual behavior coming from Intel's processors; due to Linux's superior resource management, we normally see Linux operating systems take the win compared to Windows 10. But with Rocket Lake, it appears the opposite is now true.

We don't know why the tests came out this way, but presumably, Microsoft has added some extra optimizations to Windows 10 we don't know about. We will have to do our own research into the matter to see what is really going on...

See also the Phoronix source article...


Truly some good optimizations?

Or merely a sloppy lack of security mitigations in the Windows version?

Or even is this a new twist on "Naughty Intel" twistiness??

Interesting non-the-less for what is happening!


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Message 2073436 - Posted: 15 Apr 2021, 19:54:32 UTC

I flipping hate Win10 & its crap!
Approx. 20 min ago, noticed my RAC down by approx. 500.
Checked this rig, no problems.
Checked Win 10 rig - ouch.
A new update installed.
Instead of asking for the pin it wanted my password to "verify" it is me. WTF?
Entered password twice, both times got "incorrect".
Okay - reset it.
Got code to mobile & entered, reset & thought ok, job done.
Now back to this rig (Win 7), entered e-mail. Password incorrect, ok, thought that might happen, so entered new password...
...incorrect - old password.
WHAT?
Just reset the flipping thing. Okay, had this crop up numerous time with M$ crap so tried new tactic after a further 2 attempts failed.
Bingo, good to go, except now had to restart Boinc manually.
When these rigs give up the ghost, there is no way in hell, M$ will see sight of new rig!
Funny thing is...
...on reboot, it asked for PIN. It remembered that but not the password?
Sheesh.
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Message 2073798 - Posted: 19 Apr 2021, 19:10:23 UTC - in response to Message 2073436.  

Such is the game of online authentication whereby someone else can 'turn you off'...


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Message 2073799 - Posted: 19 Apr 2021, 19:15:43 UTC
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Is this a Yae or a Nay?...


Zorin OS 16 beta claims largest built-in app library 'of any open source desktop ever'
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Linux for Windows switchers...

... Zorin is a Linux distribution aimed at switchers from Windows or Mac, and endeavours to offer a polished user experience and a minimum of fuss. It is offered in both free and commercial versions, with the paid-for Ultimate Edition priced at £39 ($53), and free Core, Lite and Education editions...

... Version 16 is expected this summer, and in the meantime the public beta has just been released. This is not a cutting-edge Linux; it is based on Ubuntu 20.04, “Focal Fossa”, a long-term support release...

... Windows apps can be installed “optionally using WINE,” the release said, and added the claim that “Zorin OS 16 has the largest library of apps available out of the box of any open source desktop ever.”

The Store has been a focus of attention and merges all these sources into one application. If an application is available from more than one source, the user can select from a Source dropdown...

... The Core edition has a somewhat Windows-like appearance including a taskbar which shows application previews as you move the mouse over its icons. A Zorin Appearance utility lets users select a different desktop layout as well as changing themes. A Windows 10X-like layout (yes, the new Windows 10 that Microsoft has yet to release) is “coming soon” to Zorin Ultimate, the organisation said. There is also a Jelly mode which makes windows wobble when moved or resized; fortunately this is off by default...

... Early users of Zorin 16 in this forum thread express delight with the improved performance and report that the Software Store is also much improved, though as you would expect there are also gripes about details of the revamped user interface. Overall though, it look like the forthcoming release will be welcomed.


Check it out for yourself!


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Message 2073861 - Posted: 20 Apr 2021, 18:09:08 UTC
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Beware that time when "You Must Upgrade"...


Microsoft OneDrive for Windows 7 drives off a cliff for business users
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Accidental borkage? ... Or a not-so-subtle hint that it really is time to move on?

Read on?...


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Message 2073923 - Posted: 21 Apr 2021, 16:25:01 UTC

Windows 10 latest update slowing down your computer? It's not your imagination!
Reposting a message from user "Keith Myers" who posted this on the BOINC message boards today.

Known performance regression with the latest update.
https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/322040-a-new-windows-10-update-is-wrecking-game-performance
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Message 2073927 - Posted: 21 Apr 2021, 16:33:53 UTC - in response to Message 2073923.  

What the ...!

Really?...

... As it turns out, the same issue existed earlier this month when the patches were optional, but now they’re rolling out to everyone with the same problems still present...

... The solution here is one we’ve seen before: Uninstall the offending update...

... However, Microsoft is just going to try and install the patch again. You’ll also have to go in and pause automatic updates...

... If you’ve got the other version of this update, just swap in that KB identifier...

... There are also some scattered reports of blue screens and boot loops...

... here we are again just a month later. Such is life with Windows in 2021.



That shouldn't be happening to users...

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Message 2073942 - Posted: 21 Apr 2021, 20:13:55 UTC - in response to Message 2073927.  

What the ...!

Really?...

... [snipped] ...



That shouldn't be happening to users...

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Hi Martin,

Good thing I quit gaming then. This PC and my new laptop are running v20H2. They haven't been "updated" for quite some time now. ;-)

Perhaps Micro$oft should just give up on Winders 10 for good. :-)

Have a great day! :)

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Message 2075197 - Posted: 7 May 2021, 14:07:49 UTC

There might be a fix for the borked Win 10 Update that is causing high CPU use when nothing is running:
Windows Update May Solve High CPU Usage Bug

The main point of interest in KB5001391 is a fix for a memory problem. Microsoft hasn't made things entirely clear but it appears it's targeted at recent reports of users suddenly seeing their CPU usage rocket to the point that their computer slows down or even becomes unresponsive. (Source: pcgamer.com)
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Message 2075480 - Posted: 10 May 2021, 19:00:06 UTC - in response to Message 2073405.  
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This is a curious turn-around:


The Core i9-11900K is Faster On Windows 10 Than Linux
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Courtesy of Phoronix; ... for Intel's new Core i9-11900K Rocket Lake CPU. Tests show the i9 wining more benchmarks in a Windows 10 environment compared to Linux Ubuntu...

... This is unusual behavior coming from Intel's processors; due to Linux's superior resource management, we normally see Linux operating systems take the win compared to Windows 10. But with Rocket Lake...

See also the Phoronix source article...

... Interesting non-the-less for what is [actually] happening!


And for turning around again, we have this for the latest tests:

Windows 10 Build 21370 vs. Ubuntu 21.04 Linux On AMD Ryzen 5900X
... That unexpectedly strong showing for Windows 10 might be due to Intel's P-State behavior with Rocket Lake or other power management tuning ... it led me to wondering if the latest Windows 10 updates spelled out anything different on the AMD Ryzen side... So here are some benchmarks of the latest Microsoft Windows 10 against Ubuntu 21.04...

What a curious difference for those results!


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Message 2077361 - Posted: 5 Jun 2021, 18:14:46 UTC

Microsoft to unveil next generation of Windows on June 24
Microsoft is teasing major changes in store for Windows but exactly what the company plans to unveil is a mystery for now. On Thursday, the software giant sent out invitations asking people to join them to see what's next for Windows. With that in mind, Microsoft is holding a digital event on June 24 in which it will "unveil the next generation of Windows."

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Message 2077377 - Posted: 5 Jun 2021, 21:58:59 UTC - in response to Message 2077361.  

Let me guess...

It's all cloudy?


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Message 2078177 - Posted: 18 Jun 2021, 12:23:54 UTC - in response to Message 2077361.  

Microsoft to unveil next generation of Windows on June 24
Microsoft is teasing major changes in store for Windows but exactly what the company plans to unveil is a mystery for now. On Thursday, the software giant sent out invitations asking people to join them to see what's next for Windows. With that in mind, Microsoft is holding a digital event on June 24 in which it will "unveil the next generation of Windows."

MS Support has published Windows 10 Home and Pro, a Retirement date of 10/14/2025.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/windows-10-home-and-pro
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Message 2078291 - Posted: 20 Jun 2021, 16:41:15 UTC

Microsoft loves Linux so much that packages.microsoft.com has fallen and can't get up
Ubuntu fans report 404 errors amid 'space issues'
Microsoft demonstrated its deep and meaningful affection for all things penguin overnight by borking packages.microsoft.com and leaving some Linux fans bereft of the company's wares.

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