FreeBSD 10.2 Release


The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE. This is the third release of the stable/10 branch, which improves on the stability of FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE and introduces some new features.

Dual Boot Windows 10 and Linux

The proper way of installing a dual boot mode computer running Windows 10 and Linux is the same as in other versions of Windows. You should install Windows 10 first, then install Linux second. That’s the best approach in my opinion. If you do it the other way, you will lose the ability to boot into Linux, because Windows overwrites Grub, the boot loader program used in Linux. You will have to boot your system with a Linux CD, repair Grub and add the Windows instance in Grub. That’s just too much work. Sometimes you don’t have much of choice. Even if Linux is already installed, it’s much easier to blow it up and reinstall.

Ubuntu One is Now Open Source

While Ubuntu is open sourced, there are quite a few projects under Canonical that are not. Ubuntu One was one of them. Now it is open source. Ubuntu just recently released it’s file synching code for Ubuntu One. Ubuntu One is cloud storage service.

“Today, we’re happy to be open sourcing the biggest piece of our Ubuntu One file syncing service,” Canonical Director of Online Services Martin Albisetti wrote. “The code we’re releasing is the server side of what desktop clients connected to when syncing local or remote changes. This is code where most of the innovation and hard work went throughout the years, where we faced most of the scaling challenges and the basis on which other components were built upon.”

Ubuntu One code is available from Canonical’s LaunchPad.

Publishers Complaining About Ad Blockers

When the Internet came, it didn’t take long for companies to start showing ads on web sites. Web sites were soon littered with ads. One page wasn’t enough. Advertisers soon began using pop-ups on multiple tabs and windows. One the more popular pop-up ads in use now is JQuery’s modal, where a web page is grayed out (disabled) in the background while the ads are displayed on the foreground. These ads usually requires some kind of action, whether to click on a link, subscribe to a newsletter, or close the pop-up. One thing is for sure, ads have become obtrusive. Ad blockers have became popular to combat ads. Some companies are now complaining that ad blockers are making them lose money or revenue. PC Mag reports that the global cost of ad blocker in 2016 is estimated at $41 billion. Companies will just have to accept that people will block ads especially if they are front and center. Obtrusive ads are just not the way to go.