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.

Canonical adds a 'kill switch' for Ubuntu's Amazon search

A new toggle feature will let users turn off online searches across the board, including those on Amazon.

'Cotton Candy' Linux PC-on-a-stick ships at last

Priced at $199, this USB-sized device is now available in an early version aimed at developers.

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Need to tune up your browser? Firefox Health Report can help

This new tool will collect a raft of data to help users optimize performance while directing future development at Mozilla.

Now in Ubuntu Linux 12.10: Amazon search results

Widespread user outcry ensues, but Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth calls concerns 'FUD.'

Ubuntu Linux changes its plans for Windows 8 Secure Boot

The popular distribution will use the GRUB 2 bootloader after all, Canonical says.

NexPhone concept: an Ubuntu-based, Android 'brain in your pocket'

This dockable device be used at home, at the office, and on the road without the need to synchronize content or contacts.

10 award-winning open source apps to try today

Among 125 honorees in this year's InfoWorld “Bossie” awards are numerous gems for business use.

Sabayon 10 adds a GNOME 2-flavored 'MATE' edition

Four desktop options now greet users of this popular Linux distribution.

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In IT hiring, DevOps is a growing trend: Dice

There's no end in sight to the demand for systems administrators, the careers site says.

Intel: Clover Trail Atom chip won't work with Linux

Instead, the forthcoming processor will be 'a Windows 8 chip,' the company reportedly said.

New JavaScript Tech Will Make Firefox 18 Faster

This upcoming version of Mozilla's browser could be as much as 26 percent speedier than its predecessor.

Five new features in Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal' Beta 1

Of particular interest to business users is support for whole disk encryption.

Apache Web servers will ignore IE10's 'Do Not Track' settings

By turning DNT on by default, Microsoft is deliberately violating the proposed standard, Apache cofounder says.

Get a sneak peek at Firefox OS in this new Mozilla video

Now you can see the new mobile operating system in action on a ZTE phone.

Two more tiny, sub-$100 Linux PCs join the fray

Priced as low as $49, these new devices expand PC users' options.