More articles by Bruce Byfield

The Failure of KDE Activities
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published July 28, 2015
Are KDE Activities the victim of changing trends in the desktop?
7 Current Trends on the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published July 21, 2015
More conservative, less innovative attitudes are dominating the Linux desktop today.
GNOME vs KDE: Usability vs. Options
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published July 16, 2015
GNOME may be more polished, but KDE has greater freedom of choice.
Why Are People Still Waiting for Proprietary Linux Apps?
By Bruce Byfield | Applications Article Published July 8, 2015
Proprietary apps on Linux are a rationalization, not a necessity.
Has KDE Lost the Evolutionary Advantage?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published June 24, 2015
Once a center of desktop innovation, KDE Plasma is suffering from over-caution and a lack of direction.
Who's Afraid of Systemd?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published June 17, 2015
Can you believe that some Linux users are still opposing systemd?
The Cloud vs. Open Source
By Bruce Byfield | Cloud Article Published June 9, 2015
Who would have predicted that free software would dominate online storage?
The 7 Best Features in LibreOffice Writer
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published June 4, 2015
What makes Writer so powerful? It's all a matter of style.
What Are The Chances for an Ubuntu IPO?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published May 27, 2015
Canonical Software faces high risks if it goes ahead with a public offering.
How Design Philosophy Influences GNOME and KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published May 20, 2015
Your choice of desktop environments may come down to design philosophy.
Why Can't Ubuntu Play Well With Others?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published May 12, 2015
Ubuntu's record may be catching up with it.
7 Excuses For Not Using Linux -- And Why They're Wrong
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published May 6, 2015
Many excuses for not using Linux are merely rationales for resisting change.
Is Xfce Still a Lightweight Distribution?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published April 29, 2015
Some may question whether Xfce is still a lean desktop – but does that matter anymore?
Is OpenOffice Dying?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published April 21, 2015
Apache OpenOffice is not only in trouble, but is its own worst enemy as well.
Why the Classical Desktop is Obsolete
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published April 14, 2015
What might replace the Linux desktop as we know it?
9 Hidden Features in KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published April 8, 2015
The menus and dialogs of KDE contain some surprises - and they're useful.
11 Activities for KDE Plasma
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published March 24, 2015
The best way to explain the value of KDE Activities is to show how to construct some.
7 Leading Applications for GNOME
By Bruce Byfield | Mobile/Wireless Article Published March 17, 2015
The GNOME desktop may have declined in popularity, but its applications are booming.
7 Leading Applications for KDE Plasma
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published March 10, 2015
It's not just the desktop environment that makes KDE Plasma popular. It's the applications as well.
Why Open Source Freeriding is a Good Idea
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published February 24, 2015
In the wake of a high profile controversy, it's clear: so-called freeriders should be encouraged, not condemned.
Open Source Debate: Copyleft vs. Permissive Licenses
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published February 11, 2015
Which license works best for software developers?
Linux Desktop Evolution: Minor, Invisible, or Aesthetic
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published January 27, 2015
Expect a quieter era on the Linux desktop for the foreseeable future.
Are Linux Graphic Apps Ready for Professionals?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published January 21, 2015
If you answer "No" then your impressions about Linux graphic applications need updating.
Why You Should (or Shouldn't) Switch to Each Leading Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published January 13, 2015
Even the simplest Linux desktop has its advantages and disadvantages.
Open Source Meritocracy Is More Than a Joke
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published December 23, 2014
Open source's belief in meritocracy deserves criticism, but it also deserves some respect.
Can Jolla Deliver the First Open Source Tablet?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published December 18, 2014
Critically praised for its phone, Jolla is now developing a tablet.
Why is the Number of Linux Distros Declining?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published December 16, 2014
We're losing distros, and, as with the bees, no one knows why.
My Favorite Linux Applications and Desktops
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published December 9, 2014
Forget the headlines. It's the everyday Linux apps that make free and open source software something to celebrate.
Debian vs Ubuntu: Which is Best for You?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published November 24, 2014
Choosing between Debian or Ubuntu depends on your preferences regarding platform support, ease of use, level of user control and other key issues. 
Free Software, Free as in Beer
By Bruce Byfield | Columns Article Published November 20, 2014
Being available at no cost may not define free software, but it is responsible for many of its ups and downs over the years.
The 9 Best Linux Distros
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published November 11, 2014
The best Linux distros, with a description of each distro to help you find one that’s best for you.
LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice: Why LibreOffice Wins
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published October 27, 2014
When comparing LibreOffice with OpenOffice, there are eleven clear reasons why LibreOffice is superior.
Can GNOME Make a Comeback?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published October 13, 2014
GNOME has dwindled far from its former glory. Regaining dominance depends overcoming its image problem.
What Linux Users Should Know About Open Hardware
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published September 24, 2014
What Linux users don't know about manufacturing open hardware can lead them to disappointment.
Can Commercial Linux Gaming Succeed?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published September 17, 2014
Whether commercial Linux games can succeed remains uncertain, but clearly it's not the road to sudden riches.
Why Linux Isn't a Desktop Alternative
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published August 27, 2014
It's not a matter of technology so much as one of attitude.
A Linux Desktop Designed for You
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published August 19, 2014
Looking for a Linux desktop? This roundup of the major contenders will help you find one that best fits your work habits.
Best Linux Desktop: KDE's Plasma
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published July 21, 2014
KDE’s Plasma earns best Linux desktop honors due to its design, customization and innovation.
Wanted: A Purpose for Open Source
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published July 7, 2014
Open source has come a long way -- but has it lost its original purpose?
7 Improvements The Linux Desktop Needs
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published June 17, 2014
What improvements to the Linux desktop would you add to this list?
KDE's Risky Gamble on New Interface
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published May 20, 2014
Will KDE's new interface defaults escape the problems of its other redesigns?
GNOME and the GIGO Principle
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published April 29, 2014
GNOME 3 has evolved according to design principles. The problem is, that's not how it was conceived.
Does Heartbleed Disprove 'Open Source is Safer'?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published April 14, 2014
An open community is supposed to make software development safer – or at least open source adherents have always claimed so.
Ubuntu and the Unspoken Rules
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published March 25, 2014
Ubuntu's disagreements with the rest of open source are really less about issues than relationships.
What Happened to the Vision in Open Source?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published March 18, 2014
Pragmatism seems to have replaced idealism in open source. Has corporate success ruined this once utopian branch of software development?
Nine Lessons Other Desktops Can Learn from KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published February 25, 2014
Acknowledgement of KDE's recovery from its user revolt is long overdue.
What Makes a Classic Linux Desktop 'Classic'?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published February 18, 2014
Why are classic desktops the most popular choice among Linux users?
KDE Desktop vs. GNOME Apps: The Great Paradox
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published January 27, 2014
Polls show that KDE is the most popular Linux desktop. Yet more users prefer desktops that use GNOME technology. What's the explanation?
2014: The Year of Free Hardware
By Bruce Byfield | Data Center Article Published January 20, 2014
The open source software market could have a dramatic effect on the tech hardware industry this year.
9 Myths about Free/Open Source Software and Feminism
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published January 16, 2014
An apparent backlash against women participating in free and open source software projects should be better understood.
Crowdfunding and Open Source
By Bruce Byfield | Applications Article Published January 7, 2014
A successful crowdfunding campaign for an open source project may be more difficult than you expect.
Why Do Users Choose KDE?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published January 2, 2014
Users of the Linux desktop talk about why they prefer it over alternatives.
The Linux Desktop: 2013 in Review
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published December 10, 2013
The Linux desktop’s big trends included crowdfunding, the Ubuntu controversy, GNOME, Steam, and more.
The Burning Bridges of Ubuntu
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published November 26, 2013
Ubuntu and Canonical are still having community problems -- and at least part of the problem is their public statements and actions.
Apache OpenOffice vs. LibreOffice
By Bruce Byfield | Applications Article Published November 12, 2013
The two open source office productivity suites are similar, yet one appears to have a slight advantage.
Seven Things You Can Do in KDE (But Not on Other Linux Desktops)
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published October 21, 2013
If you don't know KDE, you don't know what the Linux desktop can do.
Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published September 24, 2013
Ubuntu and Canonical are looking as if they've peaked, with a string of questionable moves.
9 Features To Make You Reconsider GNOME
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published September 10, 2013
Two and a half years after GNOME 3 appeared, it's overdue for a second look.
The Current State of the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published July 30, 2013
It's a contradictory era on the desktop today.
Ubuntu Edge: Canonical's Big Gamble
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published July 23, 2013
Is the new limited edition phone cutting-edge or over the edge?
Selecting a GNOME 2 Successor Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published July 16, 2013
GNOME 2 is dead. Long live GNOME 2.
Giving GNOME 3 a GNOME 2 Look
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published July 9, 2013
It all comes down to choosing the right combination of extensions.
9 LibreOffice Features You Should Avoid Using
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published July 2, 2013
The keys to using LibreOffice? To start with, try avoiding features that make you look lost in the 1990s.
The Best and Worst Features of Linux Desktops
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published June 25, 2013
The perfect Linux desktop doesn't exist, though some come closer than others.
Linux Desktop: Change vs. Conservatism
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published June 18, 2013
Despite the conservatism of users, innovation hasn't died on the Linux desktop. It's just become very cautious in the last few year.
Linux Virtual Workspaces--How Do They Differ?
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published June 11, 2013
Here's how KDE, GNOME, Unity, Mate, Cinnamon and Xfce each implement virtual workspaces.
Linux Mint 15: Solid, But Unsettled
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published June 11, 2013
Linux Mint is maturing, which means that the question of what's next is starting to loom.
Ubuntu: Restoring the Community Link
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published May 21, 2013
The latest Canonical vs. community uproar has been defused, but for how long?
Ubuntu and the Missing Community Link
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published May 14, 2013
Small events can have big consequences.
Debian 7: The New Upstream
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published May 7, 2013
Just because the new Debian release isn't focused on the desktop doesn't mean it won't be influential.
Raving Ringtail: The Mixed Motives of Ubuntu 13.04
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published April 24, 2013
The latest version of Unity mirrors the increasing conflicts within Canonical and Ubuntu.
GNOME 3 and Unity Alternatives: Cinnamon vs. Mate
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published April 16, 2013
Looking for the GNOME 2 experience? Linux Mint is the obvious choice. But how do its two desktops--Cinnamon and Mate--compare?
GNOME or KDE? The Old Question Is New Today
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published April 9, 2013
Despite the growing number of choices, the question on the desktop today remains "GNOME or KDE?"
Nine Myths That Shouldn't Stop You From Trying Debian
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published April 2, 2013
Debian's reputation is out of keeping with what it actually offers.
The Incremental GNOME 3.8: Doing What the Project Does Best
By Bruce Byfield | Open Source Article Published March 26, 2013
GNOME 3 isn't for everyone. But for those who like it, the latest release is the most usable yet.




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