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When Windows Vista first came out, it was plagued by problems, including performance issues and compatibility woes (most of which were resolved with the first Service Pack). At the time, there were some who predicted that Linux would supplant Windows as the mainstream OS. That didn't happen, of course, partly because SP1 solved most of Vista's... Read more...
Some of the reactions to Apple's decision to make OS X 10.9 Mavericks a free upgrade have been a little over the top, especially in relation to Windows, which we think will be just fine in this so-called "new era," as the Cupertino company calls it. However, if we're talking about free software, Linux certainly needs... Read more...
It was really in Microsoft's best interest to make sure that its Windows 8.1 launch last week went off without a hitch, but that didn't quite become the case. Over the weekend, reports started to trickle out of device brickings involving Surface RT tablets. Select issues reportedly also plagued a few random Windows 8... Read more...
Looking for a change of scenery on your desktop? Want to see what all the fuss is over Linux? New and seasoned vets alike are invited to download and install Ubuntu 13.10 for desktop (and smartphone), Canonical's latest version of its open source operating system. According to Canonical, Ubuntu 13.10, or Saucy Salamander, is Ubuntu's first... Read more...
It used to be laughable to think of Linux as a preferred gaming platform. Sure, emulators like Wine made a gamer's life a little easier on Linus, but things like driver issues and lack of native titles have always prevented Linux from stepping into the gaming limelight, at least until now. We're not sure if a tectonic... Read more...
There's never been doubt that Valve takes gaming - and the PC as a platform - very seriously, but when the company announced its SteamOS, Steam Machines and Steam controller, it became clear as day that the company wants to make its already major impact on the gaming industry even more definitive. Outside of its... Read more...
Valve is doing that thing it does where it trickles out a series of big announcements over the course of a week, and these announcements promise to be very big indeed. The first of a trio from Valve is that the company is producing SteamOS, a free, Linux-based, standalone operating system that will run on “living room machines”.... Read more...
We’ve heard from PengPod before, and we’ve seen that the company has tried to raise funds for its products via Indiegogo before. The company is back (and is renamed “PengPod” after its flagship product) with a new dual-booting tablet, the PengPod 1040. The PengPod 1040 is a 9.7-inch device that... Read more...
When the Raspberry Pi first hit the scene, the appeal and demand couldn't be avoided. But that being said, I personally didn't forsee the absolute explosion of mini-PCs that would follow. Simply put, if you are in the market to build a quaint little PC, you sure do have a great selection to peruse, with SolidRun... Read more...
AdventureOS is a game that appears to be simultaneously incredibly clever and delightfully adorable. It’s a 2.5D RPG in the style of “metroidvania” that generates rooms within the game based on your hard drive’s folder tree and the types of files inside them. Thus, every person’s gaming... Read more...
Linux users have long been able to claim that their platform of choice is about as safe as an OS can get, but that sentiment is getting a little harder to side with thanks to the recent discovery of the 'Hand of Thief' trojan - it's a bad one, so listen up. Hand of Thief's goal is to lead you to financial ruin by... Read more...
Linus Torvalds once said that if Microsoft ever made applications for Linux “it means I’ve won”. Now that Microsoft has released a version of Office for Android, Torvalds' dream has come true. Sort of. It’s likely that Torvalds envisioned Microsoft Office on a desktop build of... Read more...
Intel’s Open Source Technology Center, in conjunction with CircuitCo, is developing a low-cost, embedded-type motherboard based on the Intel Atom processor called the MinnowBoard. The whole affair is very charming (complete with a cartoon minnow logo), and it’s being marketed as a sort of fun... Read more...
Duke Nukem arrives on Steam to kick ass on the Linux platform and chew bubblegum, and he's all out of bubblegum. Don't worry, we're not talking about the crappy sequel that was forever in the making (Duke Nukem Forever), what's available on Steam is Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition, which includes enhanced versions of Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition... Read more...
What's the world coming to? First, there's a $32 million crowdfunding operation in order to craft a smartphone based on Ubuntu Linux, and now, a KDE tablet looks to be shipping to a team of quality assurance engineers. While it's probably too early to declare Linux as an up-and-coming operating system for the mainstream, it's certainly good... Read more...
Thanks to the efforts of some MIT researchers, our use of the Transmission Control Protocol could soon experience a nice upgrade. Since its introduction decades ago, TCP has become an integral part of our networking, whether we're connecting to another PC in the same building, or out to a remote server to fetch a... Read more...
Linus Torvalds is a man of many emotions. At times, he's got a great sense of humor - he did just name the 3.11 Linux kernel 'Linux for Workgroups', after all. Other times, and especially if you're a developer making his life harder, he can be less-than-pleasant, as has been evidenced time and time again. As much as I... Read more...
For a number of good reasons, "cloud storage" is all the rage. Being able to store your data online in order to access it virtually anywhere is the epitome of convenience. However, it does carry with it a couple of important downsides. While it's unlikely for a service like Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive to go... Read more...
Kids, avert your eyes; Leisure Suit Larry is back, and he’s as filthy as ever. First released in 1987, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards followed a 40-year-old virgin as he sought to win the heart of a woman--any woman, really--through a variety of after-hours sorts of locales. Originally... Read more...
In what amounts to a declaration of, "The king is dead, long live the king!," Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth believes Linux has finally dethroned Windows as the world's most dominant operating system, thus prompting him to close the No. 1 bug in Ubuntu. That infamous bug stated that "Microsoft has a majority market... Read more...
Two and half years ago, Mageia was forked off of Mandriva Linux, and the group behind it put out stable releases in June 2011 and May 2012; now, Mageia 3 is available for download for desktops and servers. Mageia 3 is the work of more than 100 people worldwide, and the distro’s features include kernel 3.8, GRUB... Read more...
As rich as the Linux OS is, one of its sticking-points is that a lot of companies don't properly support their products for it. Your Logitech mouse might work just fine under the OS, of course, but it wouldn't be the company to thank; rather, the support comes from the efforts of developers who share the same passion... Read more...
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