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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.

Skype for Linux Gets a Big Update to Version 4.0

With so many alternatives, how many Linux users will embrace the Microsoft-owned VoIP software?

LibreOffice 3.6.0: A Look at What's Coming

Now available in a first beta release, the next version of this free productivity suite promises improvements across the board.

Android Tablets Beating Out iPad in Business and IT: Report

A shift is afoot in the global tablet market, IDG Connect's survey data suggests.

Linus Torvalds Wins Joint Millennium Technology Prize

Linux creator earns top honor and 600,000 euros in recognition for the global importance of the free and open source operating system.

Firefox 14 Beta Arrives with an Extra Shot of Security

Now in Mozilla's Aurora channel, meanwhile, Firefox 15 adds native PDF support.

Meet the mintBox: A New Mini-PC with Linux Mint Preinstalled

Linux fans worried about Windows 8's 'secure boot' technology now have yet another alternative.

Microsoft Does an About-Face on Visual Studio and Open Source

With the new, free Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop, due this fall, developers will be able to create open source desktop apps for Windows 8 after all.

Eight New Features in Ubuntu Linux 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal' Alpha 1

This early release offers a sneak peak at what's to come in the next version of Canonical's popular free OS.

Looking for a Job? Good News: IT Hiring Is on the Rise, Dice Says

Salaries for tech professionals are also up this year, according to a recent survey.

Samsung Gets Serious About Linux with $500K Investment

As a platinum member of the Linux Foundation, Samsung gets a seat on the board and more control over its primary weapon in its battle against Apple.

Six Good Reasons to Download Firefox 13

Speed, more speed, and several new features make Mozilla's free browser a must-see for users.

LibreOffice Gets a Huge Speed Boost

Version 3.5.4 of the popular free productivity suite offers performance gains of as much as 100 percent.

Fedora Linux 17 'Beefy Miracle' Makes Its Official Debut

Offering more than 60 new features, this free new OS has much to offer business users.

Microsoft Delivers a Blow to Open Source with Visual Studio 11

Focusing exclusively on Metro, the free, Express version of this software will no longer offer support for desktop-style applications.

Today Is Geek Pride Day! Four Reasons to Feel Cheerful About Tech

Sure, the world of IT is still full of frustrations. But here are a few aspects of the big picture we shouldn't forget.