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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.

For a beginner-friendly distro, try Linux Lite 1.0.0

Based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, this brand-new distribution uses the lightweight Xfce desktop and offers five years of support.

Don't like Ubuntu's Unity? Try the new GNOME Remix instead

This new Linux flavor combines GNOME 3.6 with Canonical's newly released Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal.'

System76 debuts a sleek, all-in-one desktop PC featuring Ubuntu Linux

Priced starting at $799, the new Sable Complete offers a clutter-free design and the latest Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal.'

Firefox 15

Mozilla unveils the Firefox Marketplace and Facebook integration

Firefox 16 adoption, meanwhile, is right on track despite an early security glitch, researcher Chitika says.

Ubuntu Tweak: After three days 'dead,' user outcry brings it back to life

A brand-new Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.1 can now be used to customize Ubuntu Linux 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal.'

Shuttleworth ruffles feathers with Ubuntu Linux 13.04 'Raring Ringtail' plans

Some development will take place behind closed doors, Canonical's founder announced.

Ubuntu Linux 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal' takes flight at last

With the release of this free new OS, Canonical urges PC users to 'avoid the pain of Windows 8.'

Kaspersky Lab announces a brand-new OS focused on security

Now being written from scratch, this new software will be used in place of Windows to protect industrial control systems.

Five reasons to try the new Razor-qt Linux desktop

Particularly on older hardware, this lightweight contender can offer a speedy alternative.

Two new Asus laptops offer an Ubuntu Linux option

These new machines can be purchased with either Windows 8 or Canonical's popular OS.

Rejected by Kickstarter? 'Roll your own' with Selfstarter instead

This new open source platform lets anyone launch an ad hoc crowdfunding site by simply forking its code.

New FSF logo highlights hardware that 'Respects Your Freedom'

Certification program aims to recognize devices that give users control over their technology.

Linux Foundation unveils a workaround for Win 8 Secure Boot

Signed with a Microsoft key, this new pre-bootloader will allow Linux to boot even when Secure Boot is enabled.

firefox

Firefox 16 arrives with a raft of critical fixes

Android users, meanwhile, get a new, Safari-like 'Reader Mode.'

Good news for job hunters in Android, Linux, and open source

Related skills and expertise are being sought 'like never before,' Dice reports.