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Coming soon to Linux: A lightweight KDE alternative

Among the goals for the new 'KLyDE' desktop are a minimal footprint, simplified configuration, and a fast startup.

Open source is taking over the software world, survey says

Innovation, quality, and growth are named as key motivators for using open source software.

Six good reasons to try Manjaro Linux 0.8.5

This new update to the up-and-coming distro adds key beginner-friendly features.

Fuduntu Linux is closing its doors

Plans are already afoot for a brand-new replacement for the distro, which was just updated last week.

Windows 8's lagging phone hampers PC sales, analyst says

The problem with Windows 8 sales isn't Windows 8, it's Windows Phone 8, says a Gartner analyst.

Key updates have arrived for Fuduntu and PCLinuxOS

A 'Lite' version of Fuduntu is among the brand-new features introduced this week.

Ubuntu 13.04 'Raring Ringtail' drops Wubi in final beta

Also available for testing is an updated version of the newly official Ubuntu GNOME remix.

It's an ideal time to have Linux skills, SUSE exec says

Demand is especially high for developers with kernel know-how, says SUSE's Michael Miller.

6 killer Mac features we'd love to see in Windows PCs

Even if you'd never lay a finger on a Mac, you have to admit these Apple-made features would rock on a Windows PC.

Three Ubuntu Linux versions will reach end of life in May

If you're still using Ubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop, or Ubuntu 8.04 Server, it's time to upgrade.

GNOME 3.8 delivers more privacy and a new 'classic' mode

The new GNOME Classic desktop combines GNOME 3 technology with numerous popular GNOME 2 features.

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Windows 8 slowly gains market share traction, analysis shows

Barely five months after its release, Windows 8 has captured 3.17 percent of the desktop operating systems market share, though it’s still lagging behind Vista, according to the March market statistics from Net Applications.

Linux use in business jumps again, survey says

Eighty percent of organizations plan to increase their use of Linux servers, but only 20 percent plan to purchase Windows servers over the next five years.

Linux group hits Microsoft with complaint over 'Secure Boot'

The technology implemented in Windows 8 hardware is an 'obstruction mechanism,' the Spanish group charges.

Linux distro update: Ubuntu slashes support, Debian 7.0 draws near

Users of Canonical's Long Term Support (LTS) releases will remain unaffected.