Katherine NoyesU.S. Correspondent, PCWorld Follow me on Google+

Katherine Noyes has been an ardent geek ever since she first conquered Pyramid of Doom on an ancient TRS-80. Today she covers enterprise software in all its forms, with an emphasis on Linux and open source software.

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.

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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.

Three Linux distros get key updates, plus one fades away

Even as Fuduntu, Slackware, and Ubuntu march ahead, Brazilian Dreamlinux officially closes its doors.

Chrome 23 beta pumps up video support

A new API, for instance, enables video playback that can adapt to changing computer and network conditions.

Linux certificate program launches in North America

Following a successful pilot test in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, this new program aims to help newcomers get started with open source software.

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Firefox: back in the No. 2 seat once again

Meanwhile, a security researcher sounds the alarm about Internet Explorer's vulnerability to zero-day attacks.

Four key new features in Linux 3.6

Included in this new kernel version are a Windows-like 'hybrid sleep' capability along with a feature that can speed up page loads by as much as 41 percent.

Now two years old, LibreOffice is going strong

With cloud and tablet versions in the works, LibreOffice has become the third largest free software project focused on a desktop app.

Canonical adds a 'kill switch' for Ubuntu's Amazon search

A new toggle feature will let users turn off online searches across the board, including those on Amazon.

'Cotton Candy' Linux PC-on-a-stick ships at last

Priced at $199, this USB-sized device is now available in an early version aimed at developers.

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Need to tune up your browser? Firefox Health Report can help

This new tool will collect a raft of data to help users optimize performance while directing future development at Mozilla.