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CoreOS Linux distro lands on the Google Cloud Platform

Designed for massive server deployments, CoreOS consumes less than 200MB of working memory per instance

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CA Technologies release free XP migration tool

The CA Desktop Migration Manager can move a user's files and settings to an upgraded or new desktop or laptop computer.

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Chrome OS adds folders for better app management

Chrome OS received some new features on Tuesday including app folders, in-browser hotword detection, and the return of the minimize button.

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China bans government purchases of Windows 8, surprising Microsoft

Microsoft is still selling Windows 7 to Chinese government offices.

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update requirement generates confusion

The reasons and conditions for demanding that customers install this OS update are arbitrary and contradictory. Why is Microsoft doing this?

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Linux pros use tweak tools to customize their OS, and so can you

Customize everything from fonts and icons to search functionality and Web apps with these third-party helpers.

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Oracle subpoenas Comcast in connection with Solaris support lawsuit

Comcast is resisting Oracle's demand for documents, according to a court filing

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HP expects first x86 Nonstop systems next year

Nonstop customers will get a path off of Intel's Itanium chip

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Windows 8 gains natural-language Smart Search, with hints that Cortana could follow

If you can ask Windows a question as a real sentence, speaking that sentence seems the next logical step. But Microsoft would neither confirm nor deny that Cortana could be coming to Windows.

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Canonical's audacious Ubuntu for Android project isn't quite dead, but it is in limbo

The audacious 'One device to rule them all' project may be headed for the bush leagues, supplanted by Canonical's own Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.

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Oracle Solaris update plays nice with OpenStack

Oracle is adding an OpenStack distribution to its latest Solaris release

Inkjet printer builds custom circuit boards

Printing a circuit board on your home inkjet printer and creating basic electronics is what Microsoft Research hopes will be the future for hobbyists and makers.

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Oracle wants an illegal monopoly on Solaris support, company alleges

Oracle has sued Terix and Maintech, saying they provide support for the OS in an illegal fashion

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Four things Microsoft needs to do now to boost Windows Phone

The hard work starts now that its Nokia acquisition has been closed