Katherine NoyesU.S. Correspondent, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

Katherine Noyes has been an ardent geek ever since she first conquered Pyramid of Doom on an ancient TRS-80. Today she covers enterprise software in all its forms, with an emphasis on Linux and open source software.

Three new features coming in Linux Mint 15

The Cinnamon 1.8 desktop, for instance, will feature fresh applets and desktop widgets.

Coming soon: A new, open laptop from the creator of Chumby

This hand-crafted Linux device will feature 'uniquely open source components,' its maker says.

After three years, Slax Linux is reborn with version 7.0

Based on Slackware, this tiny, 210 MB distro offers a GUI and a variety of preinstalled apps.

Firefox gets an all-new private browsing mode

Users can now keep their existing Firefox windows open when they launch a new private window.

Linux 3.8 will drop support for Intel 386 chips

Released on Monday, meanwhile, version 3.7 steps up the kernel's ARM support.

Coming in Ubuntu Linux 13.04: instant purchases from the desktop

Online search results will also expand beyond Amazon with commercial content from more retailers.

Help improve LibreOffice 4.0 in a 'test marathon' this month

Starting Friday, this event will focus on the brand-new beta version of the Document Foundation's upcoming release.

Meet Ubuntu Linux 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal': Pictures

Canonical's popular Linux operating system recently got a major update. Here's a brief tour of what you'll find inside this free and open source Windows alternative.

Ubuntu Linux 13.04 hits alpha, but details are under wraps

Only Edubuntu and Kubuntu users get true alpha releases in this development cycle.

ZevenOS 5.0: a lightweight Linux with a multimedia twist

Based on Xubuntu, this newly updated distro adds a hint of BeOS to the Xfce desktop.

Ekiga 4.0 offers a fresh, open source Skype alternative

A brand-new user interface tops the list of major new features in this latest release.

VALO-CD serves a smorgasbord of open source Windows apps

This single-CD collection makes it easy to try open source software's best in class.

The 'true Linux' PengPod line will ship in January

Following a successful crowdfunding effort, two tablets and one mini PC are now available for preorder.

Google Chrome leads the browser pack at preventing phishing, study finds

For blocking socially engineered malware, however, Google's browser takes the No. 2 spot.

Dell's 'Sputnik' Ubuntu Linux ultrabook: First in a new line?

Testers are asking for a 'big brother version' of the company's new 'XPS 13, Developer Edition,' Dell says.