Don't-Miss Operating System Stories
Virtual memory can expand your PC's capabilities, but it will also slow it down. Understanding the swap file will help you make the right decision.
Get Microsoft's beta operating system on a virtual drive or right on your hard drive.
Netflix on Linux is a hassle for two reasons sure to set open-source aficionados on edge: Microsoft and DRM. But you can get around it.
FreeNAS can breathe new life into old hardware and sling files and media to networked devices all around your house.
Virtual machines are usually restricted to a single box, but Portable VirtualBox lets you install VMs on a flash drive so you can run your PC-in-a-PC on any PC.
There are three ways to have your Ubuntu and keep Windows, too.
When disaster strikes your Windows PC, an Ubuntu live drive has all the tools you need to save the day.
See what all the hub-bub behind Valve's gaming-centric operating system is about WITHOUT blowing away all the data already on your hard drive.
You can still buy or build a PC with Windows 7, or possibly downgrade from Windows 8. It just takes a little extra legwork.