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.

Google+ Starts Rolling Out Custom URLs

Forget those long, klunky profile addresses involving way too many numbers. Soon, you'll be able to claim a memorable one all your own.

Dreaming of a Linux Ultrabook? Meet the New ZaReason UltraLap 430

With Intel HD 4000 graphics, third-generation Ivy Bridge technology, and rapid boot times, this new device offers a choice of Linux operating systems.

SUSE Linux Outlines Its Plans for Windows 8 Secure Boot

Based on Fedora's strategy, this new approach to Windows 8's restrictions adds new flexibility to the mix.

GNOME Announces a Brand-New OS Coming in 2014

Tablet-focused touch capabilities, meanwhile, are now on the way to the GNOME desktop.

Five Big Reasons to Download LibreOffice 3.6

Now enriched with a raft of new features, this free and open source productivity suite is increasingly popular with corporate users, its maker says.

'Damn Small Linux' Returns with a Brand-New Release Candidate

Targeting older PCs, this tiny Linux distribution weighs in at just 50MB.

Six Key Improvements in Bodhi Linux 2.0.1

Now based on Ubuntu Linux 12.04, this free OS is available in both 32- and 64-bit versions.

Need to Choose a Creative Commons License? This New Tool Can Help

A newly revamped online chooser is designed to help users make more informed decisions about the license they use.

KDE 4.9 Brings Fresh Stability and Performance to the Linux Desktop

The Dolphin file manager and the Okular document viewer are among the components to receive key improvements in this latest update to the popular KDE Software Compilation.

Chrome 21 Debuts with New Video and Audio API, 26 Bug Fixes

With this new release, Google's browser takes its first step towards implementing the WebRTC real-time communications standard.

MATE 1.4: The GNOME 2 Desktop Clone Gets a Key Update

Now available for numerous Linux distributions, this traditional desktop environment just gained several new features.

SolusOS: A New Linux Distro with a Focus on the Familiar

This distribution has a brand-new desktop environment that's designed to be a GNOME 2 twin.

Firefox Add-Ons: More Than 3 Billion Downloaded So Far

More than 85 percent of all Firefox users have at least one add-on installed, Mozilla says.

Women in IT: 'The System Is Broken,' Author Warns

Professional engineer, entrepreneur, and author Karen Purcell discusses the challenges facing women in science and technology.

Fedora Linux Moves Forward with UEFI Secure Boot Plans

Two alternative routes make up Fedora's approach to getting around Windows 8's upcoming restrictions.