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  • 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

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    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.

  • Ubuntu 13 challenges Windows 8

    The latest version of Ubuntu, Raring Ringtail, is billed as business and user-friendly. There are still significant obstacles to its widespread adoption in the enterprise, but if your employees only access applications via the browser, and your company doesn't use complex spreadsheet macros or document formats, then Ubuntu 13 might be worth considering.

  • 4 free, open source management GUIs For MongoDB

    MongoDB is certainly one of the most popular open source, document-oriented NoSQL databases. Developed and maintained by 10gen, MongoDB is available in both a free version and a paid-for enterprise version, which adds features such as Kerberos security, SNMP access, and live monitoring features. However, neither the free version nor the enterprise version comes with a management GUI.

  • OX Text review: An in-browser word processor with big ambitions

    OpenXchange's new word processor, OX Text, is the first in a set of Linux-based productivity apps. Can it compete with Google Docs and Office 365?

  • Review: 4 killer cloud IDEs

    Surprisingly beefy, browser-based JSFiddle, Icenium, Cloud9, and Codenvy stretch from client-side JavaScript to server-side Java and Web stacks

  • Where's the beef? Fedora releases 'Spherical Cow'

    After being delayed seven times due to reported problems with the new installer, Fedora 18 has arrived. On the plus side, Fedora 18 delivers new management functionality for IT administrators and offers improved Active Directory support. However, a complicated installation process and some issues with the user interface make it a less attractive option than desktop competitors like Ubuntu and Mint.