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Top 10 free troubleshooting tools for Windows 10

Every Windows 10 user should have a set of troubleshooting tools tucked away for tumultuous times. Here are some favorites for righting the ship

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Linus Torvalds says GPL was defining factor in Linux's success

"Over the years, I've become convinced that the BSD license is great for code you don't care about," said Linus Torvalds.

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Linus Torvalds says first Linux release wasn't public

This week at LinuxCon NA, Linus Torvalds talked about the email he sent 25 years ago to announce Linux.

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iOS 10 dev beta 8/Public Beta 7 now available

Apple also released a new tvOS beta.

Common hardware causes Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashes, again

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is having problems accepting USB connections from Amazon Kindle e-readers.

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Red Hat CEO: Open-source innovation is always user-led

According to Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, the prevailing narrative about the growth and spread of Linux is only half-true.

Linux turns 25: Containers, cloud and IoT present new opportunities

It is 25 years since Linus Torvalds announced the initial release of the Linux kernel. Since then Linux has grown massively, powering everything from the mega-data centres of Google or Yahoo to supercomputers, drones and driverless...

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Windows 10 troubleshooting and fixes revisited

Long before the Windows 10 Anniversary Update appeared, it was easy to see that Microsoft was putting more energy and effort into its troubleshooting tools. Here's a look at what's new (includes video).

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Linux's brilliant career, in pictures

Aug. 25 marks the 25th anniversary of Linux, the free and open source operating system that's used around the globe in smarphones, tablets, desktop PCs, servers, supercomputers, and more.

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Windows 10's Quick Assist lets you fix Dad's computer from your desk

If you have Windows 10's Anniversary Update, there's a handy little tool for performing remote tech support that's baked right into your computer. It's the new Quick Assist feature.

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Microsoft brings iOS JavaScript debugging to MacOS, Windows

The iOS Web Debugger for Visual Studio Code is the latest attempt by Microsoft to woo iOS developers

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Linux at 25: Linus Torvalds on the evolution and future of Linux

The creator of Linux talks in depth about the kernel, community, and how computing will change in the years ahead

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Linux at 25: A retrospective

A look back at Linux’s journey from Linus Torvald’s brain to, well, everywhere.

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How Linux conquered the world without anyone noticing

This week Linux celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary.

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Linux at 25: How Linux changed the world

A devoted practitioner offers an eyewitness account of the rise of Linux and the open source movement, plus analysis of where Linux is taking us now

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Microsoft's new Cache app could become its version of Google Keep

Microsoft's new in-development Garage app, called Cache, could be a note-taking tool with potential, if Microsoft's willing to commit to it.

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Android is switching to a regular maintenance schedule for more predictable updates

The changeup means continued polish, refinements, and bug fixes will come to Nougat in a less haphazard manner than previous Android releases.

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LinuxCon: Q&A with inventor of, um, Microsoft PowerShell

The creator of Microsoft's recently open-sourced scripting and configuration framework PowerShell, Jeffrey Snover, sat down with Network World at LinuxCon North America 2016.

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