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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.

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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.

on techhive.com

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

on macworld.com

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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.

Apple and the enterprise: A complicated relationship

Over the past 15 years, Apple has worked, and at times struggled, to figure out the best way to integrate its products into enterprise environments. Columnist Ryan Faas takes a look at that complex relationship.

How Windows, OS X, and Ubuntu are slowly turning your PC into a smartphone

All the desktop operating systems are integrating mobile features, but they're using very different methods.

Microsoft tweaks Windows 8.1 again to help new users

Microsoft makes a few more adjustments to Windows 8.1 before shipping the update to users, and OEMs, which should happen any day now.

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Windows 8 adoption slows; boost sought with update

Windows 8's user share growth slowed significantly last month, hinting at further trouble for the struggling operating system, new statistics from an analytics company showed today.

Windows 8 grabs more market share, but so do older versions

In a recent study, Windows 7 and Windows XP hold strong with users, but Windows Vista usage declines.