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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.

Want Freedom from Vendor Lock-in? Survey Says: Choose Open Source

More than 50 percent of software acquired in the next five years will be open source software, according to recent data.

How to Protect Your Artistic Works With a Creative Commons License

These alternative licenses improve on existing copyright law by enabling content owners to promote the sharing and dissemination of their works.

Learn DIY Web Skills Through Mozilla's New 'Webmaker' Effort

This new program from the maker of Firefox aims to deliver tools and education to foster development of the open Web.

Five Things to Look Forward to in Linux Mint 13 'Maya'

A new display manager and a dash of 'Cinnamon' will set this upcoming release of the popular free OS apart.

Linux Kernel Update Beefs Up Security and Graphics Support

Improved GPU drivers in Linux 3.4 add support for new graphics cards from Nvidia, AMD, and Intel.

This Tiny PC Runs Linux and Android 4.0--and Costs Just $74

The miniature, inexpensive computer resembles a thumb drive in shape and size.

Ubuntu Business Desktop Remix Gets an Update to 12.04

With the move to 'Precise Pangolin,' Canonical's business-focused Linux OS gains several new productivity features.

Android 5.0 Will Launch This Fall With Five Nexus Devices: Report

In a shift that could wrest control from wireless carriers, Google apparently plans to sell an expanded array of unlocked phones and tablets directly to consumers.

OpenSUSE Linux 12.1: A Flexible Front-Runner, in Pictures

With four bundled desktop options, this free Linux OS has something for everyone.

Firefox 13 Gets a Triple Shot of Speed Through Mozilla's 'Project Snappy'

Improvements in three key areas promise to make Mozilla's browser considerably faster.

Six Key Features Coming in Mageia Linux 2.0

Choices will abound for users of this free OS, which is now available as a release candidate.

Mozilla Cracks Down on Memory Leaks in Firefox Add-Ons

Thanks to a new patch, memory consumption can be reduced by as much as 400 percent, Mozilla says.

Can Apache OpenOffice Still Compete with LibreOffice?

OpenOffice finally gets a major update; but it might be too little, too late.

New from Dell: an Ubuntu Linux Laptop Targeting Developers

Canonical's free OS will also ship on five percent of PCs next year, according to one report.

For a Lightweight Linux Desktop, Try the New Xfce 4.10

A new app finder and better tablet support are among many improvements delivered in this new major release.