Katherine NoyesU.S. Correspondent, PCWorld

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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 enterprise software in all its forms, with an emphasis on Linux and open source software.

10 open source projects to watch this year

Black Duck Software's 'Rookies of the Year' awards reveal a heightened focus on JavaScript and mobile.

Not ready for Office 2013? Here are five open alternatives

These free and open source options deliver many of the same features at a very compelling price.

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HP will jump on the Chromebook bandwagon: Report

This upcoming new device will reportedly feature a larger, 14-inch display.

Will Cinnamon be the default desktop in Fedora Linux 19?

Also on the table at the popular distro is the possibility of replacing MySQL with MariaDB.

Canonical invites input on core Ubuntu Phone apps

A dedicated website is now available for collaborating on this key component of the Linux-based mobile platform.

Meet Mageia, a rising Linux star

This elegant Linux OS has won numerous fans in a short time with its combination of power, choice, and versatility.

White House announces 'National Day of Civic Hacking'

Whether or not you have coding skills, the U.S. government asks you to roll up your sleeves in June and help solve the nation's problems.

Linux pros saw a giant salary leap in 2012: Dice

IT professionals enjoyed their biggest salary jump in more than a decade last year, but for those using Linux, it was even better.

Meet PicUntu, a lightweight Linux designed for tiny PCs

Targeting 'PCs-on-a-stick' based on RK3066 chips, this new OS weighs in at no more than 170 MB.

Six new features coming in LibreOffice 4.0

Wider compatibility and integration can already be found in the first release candidate for this upcoming major update.

Meet 'Consort,' a brand-new classic Linux desktop

The SolusOS project team has forked GNOME Classic and is bringing back numerous key GNOME 2 features.

Lightweight 'Kite' tablet runs Ubuntu 12.04 and Android 4.0

Now available for preorder, this device offers a definition that's 10 percent higher than the standard Full-HD, its maker says.

Five notable new features in Fedora Linux 18 'Spherical Cow'

In addition to including the MATE desktop, this latest release also adds UEFI Secure Boot support.

One more CES gem: a $55 mini PC that runs Android 4.1

From the maker of the Linux-based MK802, this latest tiny device adds Bluetooth support.

Firefox 19 enters beta with a native PDF viewer and extra ARMv6 support

The browser's mobile version is now available to 15 million more phones, Mozilla says.