Microsoft Partners With Canonical to Bring Bash to Windows 10

Microsoft Partners With Canonical to Bring Bash to Windows 10

Microsoft is adding support for Bash Unix shell and programming language to Windows. At its developer conference Build 2016 on Wednesday, the company announced that its developers on Windows 10 will now be able to utilise Linux’s popular command line with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which is scheduled to release for free of charge to Windows 10 users in the next few months.

If you’re not a developer this major announcement, unfortunately, means almost nothing to you. But if you’re a Web developer and your favoured platform is Windows, this new functionality can make a number of things more convenient for you. Next time you come across an open source command-line utility – the one that begins with “$” – you will no longer have to resort to Linux to try it out.

As previously rumoured, at the day one of Build 2016, Microsoft announced that users can now run Bash on Ubuntu on Windows. In the simplest words, this means that you will be able to run native user-mode Linux shells and command-line tools – no porting, no changes required – on Windows.

Do note that this isn’t Bash or Ubuntu running in a virtual machine (VM), a suite that allows you to run an operating system atop another operating system as an application. Instead, Microsoft is bringing native Bash Linux binary to Windows. This will facilitate “real” Linux environment, Microsoft insists. Which means, you will be able to download apps using “apt-get” on Windows, as you do on Linux.

To summarise, as we know this news must be overwhelming to many, unlike utilities like Cygwin, a GNU command line tool that complies for Win32 with great native Windows integration, or HyperV and Ubuntu, a Linux VM, what you’re getting here is an environment that supposedly behaves like real Linux. And that is because it executes real Linux binaries.

In a blog post, Microsoft sheds some light into how it brought along all these changes, “We built new infrastructure within Windows – the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) – upon which we run a genuine Ubuntu user-mode image provided by our great partners over at Canonical, creators of Ubuntu Linux.”

Acer Chromebook 14 With 14-Hour Battery Life Launched

Acer Chromebook 14 With 14-Hour Battery Life Launched at $299

If you’re in the market for a premium-looking affordable laptop, you will want to stop by Acer’s store. The Taiwanese computer manufacturer on Tuesday announced the Acer Chromebook 14. The highlight of the notebook is its claimed 14-hour battery life. It is priced at $299.99 (roughly Rs. 19,900).

With the Acer Chromebook 14, the Taiwanese company is trying to give Chromebook users more choice. Instead of an 11-inch display, that seems to have become the de facto in the Chromebook category, the Acer Chromebook 14 offers a 14-inch display, in two screen resolution options: full-HD (1920×1080 pixels) and HD (1366×768 pixels) placed inside an all-metal chassis. Acer says the model with a 1080p display can last for up to 12 hours whereas the other model will give you up to 14 hours of action on a single charge.

As for the processor, Acer is giving users a choice to pick between quad-core Intel Celeron processor and a dual-core 1.6GHz Intel Celeron N3060 processor. Other features include a choice between 2GB and 4GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM, 16GB or 32GB of eMMC for storage, and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, one HDMI out, and an HD (1280×720 pixels) webcam. On the software side, the Acer Chromebook 14 runs Chrome OS.

“With its industry-leading battery life of up to 14 hours, the Acer Chromebook 14 is an important new product in Acer’s award-winning Chromebook line,” said Jerry Kao, president of Acer Notebook Business Group. “Customers have a wide range of needs for battery life, size, performance and features, and our line of Acer Chromebooks is expanding to make sure customers get exactly what they want. The Chromebook 14 is an excellent choice for customers who want a stylish, large-screen Chromebook with long battery life at an attractive price,” he added.

Acer hasn’t revealed a shipping data for the Chromebook 14, but the company notes that the “premier” model featuring 32GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, full-HD display, and dual-core processor will cost $300.

Japan's NTT Data Agrees to Buy Dell's IT Services Unit for $3 Billion

Japan's NTT Data Agrees to Buy Dell's IT Services Unit for $3 Billion

Japan’s NTT Data Corp said on Monday it has agreed to buy Dell Inc’s information technology consulting division for over $3 billion to expand in North America and bolster its services business.

The move will allow US computer maker Dell to trim some of the $43 billion in debt it is taking on to fund its pending cash-and-stock acquisition of data storage provider EMC Corp, a deal worth close to $60 billion.

The Japanese company said it would pay around $3.05 billion, an amount that excludes debt and unspecified advisory fees.

The sale will also offer NTT Data, one of the world’s largest technology services companies, a bigger foothold in the United States, where it is looking to expand in healthcare IT, insurance and financial services consulting.

Dell has also made progress in syndicating $10 billion of its financing package for the EMC acquisition dubbed ‘term loan A’, people familiar with the situation said earlier. This is expected to be increased in size by $500 million to $750 million due to strong demand, with the extra money to be used to downsize some of the more expensive tranches of the remaining $33 billion in financing, the people added.

The group of banks participating in the term loan A has been expanded from the original eight underwriters to 25, with more expected to join before the syndication is completed in the next week, the people said.

Formerly known as Perot Systems, Dell’s IT services division is a major provider of technology consulting to hospitals and government departments. Founded in 1988 by former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot, it was acquired by Dell in 2009 for $3.9 billion.

However, Dell has since divested some of the unit’s operations and integrated some others, which it is not including in the sale. Some of the unit’s capabilities were seen by Dell as redundant in the wake of the acquisition of EMC.

Dell has also been speaking to private equity firms about selling Quest Software, which helps with information technology management, as well as SonicWall, an e-mail encryption and data security provider, Reuters has previously reported. Together, Quest and SonicWall could be worth up to $4 billion.

Dell’s acquisition of EMC, which is backed by founder and Chief Executive Michael Dell as well as private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is subject to approval by EMC shareholders. EMC is expected to hold a shareholder vote on the Dell deal in May, allowing for the transaction to be completed sometime between July and October.

Reuters had reported first on Feb. 12 that NTT Data was in exclusive talks to buy Dell’s IT services unit.