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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.

Five Linux predictions for 2013

This past year was a great one for Linux, but the upcoming one promises to be even better.

GNOME 2: Still king of the Linux desktop

As 2012 draws to a close, this old favorite continues to reign supreme in many users' hearts.

Five reasons 2012 was a great year for Linux

Numerous market factors have allowed the free and open source operating system to make great strides.

Another year, another totally different top 10 Linux distros

Compared with last year, this year's list delivers several distinct surprises.

Turn your Raspberry Pi into a tiny Linux laptop

This diminutive device sports an LCD screen and keyboard as well as a 64GB solid state drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an integral touchpad.

The 'Linux Diversity' collection: One kit, 10 Linux distros

If you're shopping around for a new OS, this set will give you a variety of the latest popular options.

Mac users get an official Ubuntu One client

Unlike Google Drive, which lacks Linux software, Canonical's cloud storage service is now fully cross-platform.

Three new features coming in Linux Mint 15

The Cinnamon 1.8 desktop, for instance, will feature fresh applets and desktop widgets.

Coming soon: A new, open laptop from the creator of Chumby

This hand-crafted Linux device will feature 'uniquely open source components,' its maker says.

After three years, Slax Linux is reborn with version 7.0

Based on Slackware, this tiny, 210 MB distro offers a GUI and a variety of preinstalled apps.

Firefox gets an all-new private browsing mode

Users can now keep their existing Firefox windows open when they launch a new private window.

Linux 3.8 will drop support for Intel 386 chips

Released on Monday, meanwhile, version 3.7 steps up the kernel's ARM support.

Coming in Ubuntu Linux 13.04: instant purchases from the desktop

Online search results will also expand beyond Amazon with commercial content from more retailers.

Help improve LibreOffice 4.0 in a 'test marathon' this month

Starting Friday, this event will focus on the brand-new beta version of the Document Foundation's upcoming release.

Meet Ubuntu Linux 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal': Pictures

Canonical's popular Linux operating system recently got a major update. Here's a brief tour of what you'll find inside this free and open source Windows alternative.