There's no doubt that desktop Linux has become increasingly user-friendly over the years, but it's equally true that some distributions focus more on ease of use than others do. Ubuntu and Linux Mint are two examples at the forefront of this usability trend, but recently I came across another that has put friendliness at the forefront of its goals. Enter Korora, a...
(8 days ago)
With virtually countless Linux distributions available for every taste and purpose, it's no secret that choice is a defining feature of the Linux world. What's not always apparent, though, is that the range of choices actually gets bigger every year. New distros come onto the scene on a fairly regular basis—SolusOS and Fuduntu Linux are two I've covered over the past few...
(2 months and 26 days ago)
Microsoft did its best to usher in a new era od desktop computing with the launch of Windows 8, but many businesses and individuals are opting out. Linux-based operating systems, meanwhile, present a more and more compelling alternative. Benefits include tougher security and superior customization—not to mention that Linux is usually free. If you're ready to make the leap...
(2 months and 7 days ago)
Alienware's console-sized X51 PC, classified as a "Mini Gaming Desktop" by Dell, is now shipping at an introductory price of $599 if configured with Ubuntu Linux and an Intel Core i3 processor.
(1 month and 11 days ago)
Here's even more good news for IT professionals with Linux skills. Last month, we got word from IT careers site Dice that salaries in Linux jobs are going up, and on Wednesday the Linux Foundation and Dice jointly presented a report of more promising findings. "The 2013 Linux Jobs Report shows that there is unlimited opportunity for college graduates and technology...
(2 months and 28 days ago)
After many months of painstaking effort, the problems caused by Microsoft's Windows 8 “Secure Boot” technology are finally being solved for Linux users. We've already seen major distribution updates such as Fedora 18 include technology to enable booting on Windows 8 Secure Boot hardware, but only last week—after considerable delay—did the Linux Foundation release its Linux...
(3 months and 2 days ago)
Until recently Linux users were the most unloved members of the gaming world, but back on February 14, they received the best Valentine’s Day present ever: Steam. The download service for a veritable smorgasbord of videogames, Steam games could be played only on a PC running Windows and occasionally a Mac. But now one of the best games (IMHO) on any platform is about to...
(14 days ago)
Between the tiny PC phenomenon and the growing number of PCs shipping with Linux preloaded over the past year, there's been no shortage of hardware announcements for Linux fans. It's been a little less active on the tablet front, but just this week two separate announcements emerged about Linux tablets we've been waiting for. Here's a quick rundown on the basics. The...
(3 months and 3 days ago)
Even as the job market has remained generally dismal for much of the working world over the past few years, there have been a few notable exceptions. Not only have those in IT generally faced better prospects, but the outlook for those with Linux skills has been even brighter. Year after year, surveys conducted by the Linux Foundation and others have found increasing demand...
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For users of Microsoft Windows, frequent hardware upgrades tend to be a fact of life in order to keep each new iteration of the resources-hungry operating system running smoothly. Not so Linux, however, which is renowned for its generally small footprint and minimal hardware demands. Some Linux distributions do even better at this than others, however, and I've already...
(1 month and 26 days ago)
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