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A guide to today's top 10 Linux distributions

One of the most confusing things for the newcomer to Linux is how many distributions, or versions, of the operating system there are. Ubuntu is the one most people have heard of, but there are hundreds of others as well, each offering some variant on the basic Linux theme.

11 must-have Android apps for business

Now that business users have begun clamoring for Android phones in earnest, it's a better time than ever to take a fresh look at the Android apps now available for enterprises.

How to choose a desktop Linux distribution

With all the many reasons to use Linux today -- particularly in a business setting --it's often a relatively easy decision to give Windows the boot. What can be more difficult, however, is deciding which of the hundreds of Linux distributions out there is best for you and your business.

What will Ubuntu 10.10 look like?

When Canonical broke the news recently that Ubuntu 10.10 will include uTouch 1.0, a multitouch and gesture stack, it caused a flurry of excitement about the Linux release's potential for use in tablets.

Is Linux really harder to use?

Not surprisingly, the misperception that Linux is harder to use than other operating systems is also one that competing vendors routinely use to scare potential new users away from Linux.

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CUSS CONTROL ACADEMY WHAT THE #%*$! When the company stock drops 20 points in an afternoon, a shoot! or a darn! doesn't convey quite the same anger and outrage as a good 'n' salty four-letter word. But before you shower your coworkers with enough profanity to make a longshoreman blush, Jim O'Connor, author of Cuss Control: The Complete Book on How to Curb Your Cursing (Three Rivers Press, 2000) and founder of the Cuss Control Academy, based in Northbrook, Illinois, suggests that you pause and consider the consequences of your potty mouth.