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Startup Founders Turn Android into Desktop OS

The Google Linux desktop has arrived.

Zune Gaffe Just Business as Usual for Microsoft?

Microsoft should've anticipated this critical fault in its Zune that temporarily turned many of the digital music players into bricks.


Three Versions of Linux Put to the Test

When you're talking Linux, three big names always pop up: Canonical's Ubuntu, Novell's openSUSE and Red Hat's Fedora.

2008: Year of the Linux Desktop?

Don't believe the year-end stories. We've already had the year of the Linux desktop, every year since 1995.

Good-Bye, Hard Drives

In 2009, expect to see hard disks make way for solid-state drives.

The Difference Between 'Open Source' and 'Free'

Simply put, open source isn't free software.

China Shakes Down Mom-and-Pop Internet Cafes

It's the world's worst way to market Linux.

Linux: World's Fastest Computers

As has been the case for years now, the fastest of the fast are Linux computers.

Black Friday Bargain: Super-Cheap Linux Netbooks

You can find brand-name mini laptops for as little as $199. But which one should you buy?

The Next Windows: 7Up or New Vista?

Microsoft would like you to believe that Windows 7 is going to be the next great desktop operating system. It's not.

Free CodeWeavers CrossOver for Linux and Mac

CodeWeavers offers free downloads and registrations for programs that will enable you to run many popular Windows programs.


Real-Life Linux: The ASUS Eee PC 1000

What do you get someone to whom even turning on a computer is a challenge? You get them a Linux-powered mini-laptop.

Vista R.I.P.

Vista is on its way to the Microsoft scrap heap, joining other relics including Microsoft Bob.


Using Vista Instead of XP Is Dumb

Pick the best possible Windows -- not Vista SP1.