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  • Review: Docker Swarm soars, and the sky's the limit

    It's a well-known fact that deploying and managing anything at scale is hard. Docker is no different. However, the engineers at Docker recognize this and are working on three products to help: Docker Machine, Docker Compose, and Docker Swarm.

  • Technology of the Year 2015: The best hardware and software of the year

    Like InfoWorld itself, InfoWorld's Technology of the Year Awards have always been about change. We keep an eye out for the platforms and tools pushing against the barriers in application development, mobile, cloud computing, and in other corners of information technology, and we bring them in for review. At the end of the year, we get together and decide which are the very best.

  • CentOS 7: The perfect gift for the Linux do-it-yourselfer

    Although differentiation is tough in Linux distributions today, CentOS 7 has carved out a niche as the free and open alter ego to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). We found that CentOS, which is mandated to be binary-compatible with Red Hat 7, shares about 95% of the features of its commercial enterprise-class sibling.

  • CoreOS: A lean, mean virtualization machine

    CoreOS is a slimmed-down Linux distribution designed for easy creation of lots of OS instances. We like the concept.

  • Hands-on: WordPress 4.0 adds useful features to a rich platform

    What do Flickr, TechCrunch, eBay and Best Buy all have in common?

  • Chromebook Pixel revisited: 18 months with Google's luxury laptop

    When you stop and think about it, it's kind of astonishing how far Chromebooks have come.

  • Review: RHEL 7 lands with a jolt

    There's a lot to like in the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but some fundamental changes may prove problematic

  • 5 Twitter clients for Linux

    Linux users who want to avoid browser-based Twitter apps can try out these five local clients -- including one that still uses a command-line interface.

  • Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

    The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

  • Ubuntu 13.10 takes aim at Microsoft, Apple, Google

    Ubuntu is moving into the rarified class of operating systems that cover x86/x64 clients and servers, ARM-based tablets/smartphones, and commodity cloud instances. Meaning that it's taking on everybody from Microsoft to Red Hat to Apple and Google.

  • Ubuntu 13.10: The good, the bad and the ugly

    The newest release of Ubuntu, dubbed Saucy Salamander, doesn't offer much in the way of new features – except for the introduction of Ubuntu Touch for mobile platforms.

  • Red Hat OpenShift delivers rapid app deployment, collaboration

    Platform as a Service is a cloud-based hosting environment for application development designed to provide a full-featured development, staging and production environment without the need for extensive in-house infrastructure.

  • Firefox OS sputters on the ZTE Open

    The open source challenger is meant to be simple, but it crosses the line into the less than functional

  • Apache OpenOffice 4 vs. LibreOffice 4.1

    Not so fast, LibreOffice -- OpenOffice has a shiny, new, and improved major release of its own

  • Tale of two cloud-based management tools

    Anturis and CloudPassage Halo are complementary products that attack infrastructure monitoring from different directions. Anturis is a cloud-based portal that monitors systems connectivity, systems, MySQL databases and websites. CloudPassage Halo monitors operating systems instances and the comparatively sticky compliance of instance state machines.

  • Fedora adds 3D printing support

    The latest version of Fedora, nicknamed "Schrodinger's Cat", features a number of improvements aimed at IT users. But its strict adherence to the open source philosophy means that it continues to be problematic for typical end users.

  • Review: Firefox OS sputters on the ZTE Open

    The open source challenger is meant to be simple, but it crosses the line into the less than functional

  • Apache OpenOffice 4 vs. LibreOffice 4.1

    Not so fast, LibreOffice -- OpenOffice has a shiny, new, and improved major release of its own

  • LinuxMint 15 delivers smooth alternative to Ubuntu

    The crafters of the LinuxMint distro are in a ticklish position. Mint is based on Ubuntu, which in turn, is based on Debian, which in turn, has the moveable feast of the Linux kernel as its underpinning. All three have changed underneath LinuxMint, but LinuxMint 15 pulls off a new cut without missing a step (save a missing KDE version).

  • Matchbox computers: Small is beautiful (and powerful)

    Matchbox computers -- small but powerful open-source devices -- are a good way to build your own system and/or carry it with you. We look at the phenomenon and offer a slideshow of examples.