BetaNews: Developer launches new version of Windows 95 that runs under Windows 10, macOS and Linux. “Who doesn’t feel a little nostalgic from time to time? Progress is great, but sometimes it’s nice to look back at how things used to be — even if it’s only to laugh at how different and primitive things used to be. The world of computing is no different in this regard. Last year, developer Felix Rieseberg released Windows 95 as an Electron app to let 90s computer users relive their younger years. Now he’s back with a second version of the Windows 95 app, and it’s even better than ever — gaming classics such as Doom and Wolfenstein3D are now included, for starters!”
Neowin: Chrome OS 72 includes touchscreen optimizations, PiP mode for the browser. “Chrome OS 72 includes a handful of new features, the most notable of which is a picture-in-picture mode for web pages in the Chrome browser, allowing you to keep watching videos when you switch to a different tab or app. The browser is also getting some optimizations to make it easier to use with touchscreen devices, such as Google’s own Pixel Slate.”
ZDNet: Recently patched Ubuntu needs another quick patch. “Sometimes when I fix things around my house I end up causing more problems. Software developers are the same way. Last week, Canonical’s Ubuntu developers fixed over 10 security bugs in Ubuntu 18.04… But, as it turned out, it introduced at least two other bugs.”
ZDNet: Ubuntu 18.04 needs patching. “Ubuntu is a very popular Linux distribution for servers, clouds, and the desktop. So, when parent company Canonical announces it is moving Ubuntu 18.04, the latest long term support (LTS) edition, to a new Linux kernel, it’s time to pay attention and patch.”
Ars Technica: Linux Mint 19.1: A sneaky popular distro skips upheaval, offers small upgrades. “While Ubuntu and Red Hat grabbed most of the Linux headlines last year, Linux Mint, once the darling of the tech press, had a relatively quiet year. Perhaps that’s understandable with IBM buying Red Hat and Canonical moving back to the GNOME desktop. For the most part Linux Mint and its developers seemed to keep their heads down, working away while others enjoyed the limelight. Still, the Linux Mint team did churn out version 19, which brought the distro up to the Ubuntu 18.04 base.”
ZDNet: How to replace Windows 7 with Linux Mint . “I actually sort of, kind of like Windows 10. Yes. Really. Well, I did when it first came out. My affection for it waned with every Windows 10 failed update. Take the infamous Windows 10 October 2018 Update, aka version 1809. When it first came out it deleted user files, would sometime fail at unzipping compressed files, and could fail while opening files on networked drives. Quality assurance? What’s that? It’s only now, three months later, that Windows 10 October 2018 is finally being automatically rolled out to users. So, maybe Windows 10 isn’t really what you want to ‘upgrade’ to right now. In that case, I have another suggestion: Linux Mint.”
TechRadar: The best Linux distro for privacy and security in 2018. “The awesome operating system Linux is free and open source. As such, there are thousands of different ‘flavours’ available – and some types of Linux such as Ubuntu are generic and meant for many different uses. But security-conscious users will be pleased to know that there are also a number of Linux distributions (distros) specifically designed for privacy.” Nicely annotated, not for beginners.