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Submission + - Fenno-German "Sea Lion" Telecom Cable Laying Begins

jones_supa writes: Couple of years ago details began to unfold of a government-backed high capacity data cable between Germany and Finland, which would be routed through the Baltic Sea. The cable has now been nicknamed "Sea Lion" and the work started Monday in Santahamina coastal area, outside Helsinki. The cable was built by Alcatel Lucent and is operated by the Finnish firm Cinia Group. The Finnish government, along with the banking and insurance sector, have together invested €100M into the project. That investment is expected to pay for itself many times over once the business sector gets a boost from the new telecom jump. The new cable also makes Finland independent of the Øresund Bridge, through which all of the country's Internet traffic is currently routed, via Denmark and Sweden. Eventually the new link can reach Asia as well, via the Northeast Passage shipping route.

Submission + - Linus: "2016 Will Be the Year of the ARM Laptop" (softpedia.com)

jones_supa writes: Linus Torvalds took the stage at the latest LinuxCon 2015 that took place in Dublin, Ireland, and talked about a number of things, including security and the future for Linux on ARM hardware. There is nothing that will blow your mind, but there are a couple of interesting statements nonetheless. Chromebooks are slowly taking over the world and a large number of those Chromebooks are powered by ARM processors. "I'm happy to see that ARM is making progress. One of these days, I will actually have a machine with ARM. They said it would be this year, but maybe it'll be next year. 2016 will be the year of the ARM laptop," said Linus excitedly. He also explained that one of the problems now is actually finding people to maintain Linux. It's not a glorious job, and it usually entails answering emails seven days a week. Finding someone with the proper set of skills and the time to do this job is difficult.

Submission + - Enlightenment Mysteriously Drops Wayland Support

jones_supa writes: According to the release notes, Enlightenment 0.19.12 is an important release that fixes over 40 issues, which is quite something, considering the fact that the previous versions had only a few improvements, with most of them being minor. However, the big news is that 0.19.12 drops support for the Wayland display server. Unfortunately, the Enlightenment developers have omitted to mention why they decided to remove any form of support for Wayland from this release, and if it will return in upcoming releases of the software.

Submission + - Matthew Garrett Forks The Linux Kernel

jones_supa writes: Just like Sarah Sharp, the Linux developer Matthew Garrett has gotten fed up with the unprofessional development culture surrounding the kernel. "I remember having to deal with interminable arguments over the naming of an interface because Linus has an undying hatred of BSD securelevel, or having my name forever associated with the deepthroating of Microsoft because Linus couldn't be bothered asking questions about the reasoning behind a design before trashing it.", Garrett writes. He has chosen to go his own way, and has forked the Linux kernel and added patches that implement a BSD-style securelevel interface. Over time it is expected to pick up some of the power management code that Garrett is working on, and we shall see where it goes from there.

Submission + - Tim Cook Is Not a Fan of Microsoft's Windows 10 Strategy (softpedia.com)

jones_supa writes: We live in a world where all tech companies out there struggle to innovate and find new ways to interconnect their devices and Microsoft is definitely trying hard. But as far as Apple is concerned, melting together all platforms is not seen as a good idea. Speaking at a conference with Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, Apple's CEO Tim Cook commented on the future of the company's desktop and tablet platforms, explaining that for the moment, there's no intention to merge the two. "We don't believe in having one operating system for PC and mobile. We think it subtracts from both, and you don't get the best experience from either. We're very much focused on two," Cook said.

Submission + - Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 Is Shipping

jones_supa writes: Microsoft's mail and calendar server package Exchange Server 2016 is being refreshed and is now out of preview, along with the 2016 revamp for other Office products. The new Exchange tries to simplify the software's architecture while still adding new features and creating greater synergy with other Office products. You can now use links from Sharepoint 2016 and OneDrive for Business as email attachments, instead of having to upload the actual file, leading to more robust file sharing and editing. The Outlook web app has been greatly improved. Search has been tuned to make it both faster and more intelligent, and it allows to search across Microsoft services. Add-ins have been introduced, which allows extensibility similar to extensions on a web browser. For those of you who are interested, Microsoft provides a 180 days trial for free.

Comment Re:pft... (Score 1) 308

So now you get svchost.exe instead, the model on which systemd was based.

More specifically, it's called Service Control Manager. svchost.exe is just a container process for a group of services. Type "tasklist /svc" in PowerShell to see what I mean.

In all fairness though, I think systemd pulls more from Mac's launchd.

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