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New Linux Isn't That Different from Old Linux

The funniest thing about comparing, for example, 1999's Corel Linux 1.0 with today's Ubuntu 9.10? How much hasn't changed.


Linux Stopped Tech Support Calls from My Family

If you're the default technical support person for friends and family, switch them to Linux (yes, Linux).


Ubuntu 9.10 Cleans Windows 7's Clock

Five good reasons why Ubuntu (or another desktop Linux) will do everything you want to do on a computer, for a lot less trouble and money.


Obama Invites Open Source into the White House

Under President Obama, open-source software — like Linux and Drupal — is showing up in more and more places.


HP's Love/Hate Relationship with Linux Continues

Here's how HP (kind of, sort of) supports Linux. Maybe.

Sneak Preview: A Taste of Moblin 2.1

Moblin 2.1 stands midway between a desktop OS and a mobile device OS that will contend more with Apple's iPod Touch and Microsoft's Zune HD than Windows 7 or the desktop Linuxes like Fedora and openSUSE.


Is Windows 7 the Right Fit for You?

Vista users want to know if they should upgrade to Windows 7. The answer is: "Probably."

WiMax Is (Still) on Its Way. Maybe.

Will urban users really be able to ditch their cable modems, T1 setups, DSL lines and Wi-Fi routers by 2010?

HP Sneaks Linux Onto New Laptops

HP's new laptop will run Splashtop Linux, but the company seems to be having trouble admitting that.


Your Best XP-to-Windows 7 Upgrade Path: Buy a New PC

With no reasonable way to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, the only way most users and businesses will get the new OS is by buying new PCs.

Change of Heart: EU Should Nix Oracle-Sun Deal

A different take on the EU's opposition to the deal, and why the EU should block Oracle's acquisition of Sun.

Linux Runs the Stock Exchange

Analysis: Day trading takes serious speed, and that's where Linux comes in.


Top 5 Features of New Red Hat Linux

There's a lot to like about the latest version of Red Hat's flagship operating system.


Windows Is Easy to Install? Nonsense!

The easiest operating system to update is ... very surprising.


Linux Vendors Should Give Cash for Vista Clunkers

Since Microsoft won't give Windows 7 to people stuck with Vista clunkers, why doesn't a Linux vendor do it instead?