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According to figures from Net Applications, Windows 8's uptake stalled in November; Windows 7 continued to gain ground.
OpenSUSE joins Red Hat’sLinux distribution, Fedora, and Canonical’s Ubuntu in offering an experimental Linux distribution that can run on 64-bit ARM processors.
Suse Linux Enterprise (SLE) version 11 and up will come with 10 years of general support instead of the seven years offered up to now, in a move that matches services from competitors.
Enterprise open-source software vendor Red Hat is keeping an eye on the development of 64-bit ARM processors for servers, building up expertise in case the nascent platform takes hold in the data center.
After it shipped on Oct. 17, Windows 8.1 in certain scenarios clashed with incompatible software, crashed due to outdated firmware, and stumbled over unrecognized drivers.
Linux creator Linus Torvalds has proposed that Linux 4.0 should be dedicated to stability and bug fixing.
Microsoft continues to try to scare Windows XP users into upgrading, saying the chance that malware will infect their PCs could jump by two-thirds.
Tiles. Files. Apps and Snaps. The update's jam-packed with little things that add up to a big improvement over Windows 8.
A subtle tweak in Windows 8.1 hardware requirements is leaving some users behind on Windows 8. Even worse, affected users will be cut off from critical updates in 2015.
Apple iOS is the fastest growing mobile operating system in 2013, with iPhone users growing this year from 14 percent of worldwide market share in Q1 to 19 percent in Q3, according to GlobalWebIndex.
OS X Mavericks could end up on more than 90 percent of Macs, according to statistics from Web analytics firm Net Applications.
For Torvalds, Valve's Steam efforts could be a big opportunity to drive desktop Linux because it could force the various desktop Linux distributions to standardize their technology.
Apple's claim of revolutionizing pricing with OS X Mavericks isn't quite as revolutionary as claimed. The new-age "One Microsoft" is already laying the groundwork for free Windows upgrades.