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

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.

Splashtop comes to Ubuntu Linux with a speedy remote desktop option

Linux users could see as much as a 10x performance boost over traditional VNC solutions, Splashtop says.

Two key features star in the new Fedora 18 beta

A newly rewritten installer aims to make life easier for novice Linux users.

With 'Cinnarch,' Arch Linux gets a sprinkle of Cinnamon

Now in beta form, this new distro combines Linux Mint's traditionally flavored desktop with the popular rolling release distribution.

10 reasons to choose Ubuntu 12.10 over Windows 8

Canonical has touted its new OS as a good way to 'avoid the pain of Windows 8.' Here's why you should take up the challenge.

GNOME: The traditional Linux desktop is coming back

A new 'classic mode' will soon re-create the old GNOME 2's popular look and feel.

Seven fresh reasons to try Linux Mint 14 'Nadia'

Based on the new Ubuntu 12.10, this user-friendly operating system packs numerous updates, fixes, and new features.

Delays beset the Linux Foundation's Secure Boot workaround

'We’re still waiting for Microsoft' to provide a validly signed pre-bootloader, the nonprofit consortium says.