Don't-Miss Operating System Stories

Test and test again: the lesson from Windows 8.1's bumpy rollout

After it shipped on Oct. 17, Windows 8.1 in certain scenarios clashed with incompatible software, crashed due to outdated firmware, and stumbled over unrecognized drivers.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 4.0 may have only bug fixes, no new features

Linux creator Linus Torvalds has proposed that Linux 4.0 should be dedicated to stability and bug fixing.

Microsoft warns Windows XP users that malware will jump

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.

Windows 8.1 surprises: 25 hidden features and little extras

Tiles. Files. Apps and Snaps. The update's jam-packed with little things that add up to a big improvement over Windows 8.

New Windows 8.1 requirements strand some users on 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.

mobile devices

iOS called fastest-growing mobile OS, but Android rules

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.

Nine out of 10 Macs are eligible for free Mavericks upgrade

OS X Mavericks could end up on more than 90 percent of Macs, according to statistics from Web analytics firm Net Applications.

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SteamOS could really help desktop Linux adoption, says Torvalds

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.

The free-OS revolution: What Apple's Mavericks move means for Windows

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.

Open source needs more tech-savvy lawyers, Linux Foundation says

Open-source software adoption is outstripping the legal knowledge of parties involved in open source projects who have difficulty dealing with copyright, patent, licensing, and compliance issues, said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin.

Microsoft fixes Windows RT 8.1 issues, returns update to Windows Store

Windows RT 8.1 is back in the Windows Store, cured of the the errors that caused it to bork some Surface RT tablets.

LG hints at pending Chrome OS devices with trademark filings

LG's move for Chrome trademarks in the U.S. and Australia may mean LG Chrome devices are on the company's plate.

Windows 8.1 launch weekend plagued by some show-stopping installation issues

Most Windows 8.1 installations have been easy as easy can be. But the ones that go bad have been going VERY BAD.