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Microsoft OS chief: One API to rule them all

Microsoft is pursuing the ideal of OS platforms: a unified code base that runs from smartphones to servers, giving users a consistent experience across devices at home and at work, and developers a common tool set for building applications.

Device-spanning Ubuntu Touch OS gets October 17 launch date

Canonical's vision of one OS to rule all devices is nearing release.

Cyanogen goes corporate, aims to build a better Android

ROM maker Cyanogen Inc. now looks to be the third major mobile OS.

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Munich to hand out Ubuntu Linux CDs to ward off upcoming Windows XPocalypse

The open source operating system offers safe haven from the impending hacker free-for-all.

IBM's Power Systems Linux Center in Montpellier, France

IBM hopes to Power cloud, analytics with $1 billion Linux investment

IBM will invest $1 billion to promote Linux development over the next five years as it tries to adapt Power mainframes and servers to handle cloud and big data applications in distributed computing environments.

Valve boss says Linux is the future of gaming, hints at Steam Box announcement

Open source trumps walled gardens, says Valve's Gabe Newell—but that's not all he said.

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Patch expert wants Microsoft's Ballmer to get to the bottom of buggy updates

A Microsoft MVP and Windows expert has sent company CEO Steve Ballmer a letter asking him to look into the worrisome trend of releasing sub-standard patches.

Linux gets a boost from mobile

Although not originally designed for telephones or tablets, the Linux kernel is now getting more contributions than ever from mobile and portable device vendors, whose input is driving a heretofore unseen rate of development for the open source project.

Jeff Raikes and Bill Gates

Raikes steps down as CEO of Gates Foundation

Jeff Raikes, considered a potential candidate for the CEO post at Microsoft, has stepped down from his job as chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Phone makers roll their own operating systems as Google and Microsoft close ranks

As Microsoft and Google snatch up Nokia and Motorola to create integrated, iPhone-like hardware/software experiences, hardware makers like HTC and Samsung scramble to create safe havens.

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VMware releases Fusion 6 to support OS X Mavericks, Windows 8.1

VMware has released the latest version of Fusion, its app for running Windows and other OSes on your Mac. Its chief focus: support the latest versions of OS X and Windows

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Canonical looking to tap Dell to promote Chinese version of Ubuntu OS

Canonical is in talks with Dell on making a version of Ubuntu supported by the Chinese government available as a pre-installed OS on the PC maker's upcoming products destined for the Chinese market.

Linus Torvalds celebrates 22 years of Linux with nostalgic message

It was 22 years ago on Sunday that Linus Torvalds announced in a newsgroup posting that he was creating a free operating system, a message he echoed in his announcement Sunday of the latest Linux kernel release candidate.