Why is the Number of Linux Distros Declining?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 16, 2014
We're losing distros, and, as with the bees, no one knows why.
Tags: Open Source App, Linux, distros, Debian
My Favorite Linux Applications and Desktops
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 09, 2014
Forget the headlines. It's the everyday Linux apps that make free and open source software something to celebrate.
Tags: Linux apps, KDE, Linux desktop, Linux
Cloud Foundry Foundation Launches as Linux Foundation Collaborative Project
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published December 09, 2014
Platform-as-a-Service platform now has an open governance and development model to push it forward.
Tags: platform as a service, PaaS, Linux, Cloud Foundry
Linux Mobile-Desktop Convergence
By Matt Hartley | Article Published December 08, 2014
Linux mobile-desktop convergence remains elusive, and may actually not be the best goal.
Tags: Linux, Windows Phone, Mobile Enterprise Applications Platforms, desktop interface, Ubuntu Phone
Debian vs Ubuntu: Which is Best for You?
By Bruce Byfield | 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.
Tags: Debian, Linux, open source, Ubuntu
Free Software, Free as in Beer
By Bruce Byfield | 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.
Tags: Linux, open source, Free Software Foundation, free software
100 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published November 18, 2014
Enterprises, SMBs and home users can see significant savings with these open source alternatives to popular software.
Tags: applications, Linux, open source software, Open Source App
The Case Against Rolling Release Linux Distros
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 17, 2014
In many cases, using a rolling release Linux distro requires more work for the user.
Tags: Linux Distro, open source, Linux
The 9 Best Linux Distros
By Bruce Byfield | 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.
Tags: Linux, Fedora, Linux Distro, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Debian
Ubuntu Laptop Buying Guide
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 03, 2014
Selecting the best Ubuntu laptop for your needs requires understanding the market for Linux compatible laptops.
Tags: laptop, open source, Ubuntu, Linux, ubuntu Laptop
The Divisive Linux Community
By Matt Hartley | Article Published October 14, 2014
Linux users find a lot to argue about, from audio tools to gaming to proprietary code.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux
Can GNOME Make a Comeback?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 13, 2014
GNOME has dwindled far from its former glory. Regaining dominance depends overcoming its image problem.
Tags: Linux, Gnome
IBM Power Systems Includes Unix and Linux [VIDEO]
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published October 08, 2014
Even as IBM continues to push forward with its Linux efforts, it isn't leaving its Unix users behind.
Tags: Linux, Servers & Services, Unix, IBM
Web Software vs. Native Linux Software
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 29, 2014
Both Web-based software and Linux software offer significant costs savings. Is one actually better in the long term?
Tags: Linux, web based, software as a service
What Linux Users Should Know About Open Hardware
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 24, 2014
What Linux users don't know about manufacturing open hardware can lead them to disappointment.
Tags: open hardware, Linux, free software
Can Commercial Linux Gaming Succeed?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 17, 2014
Whether commercial Linux games can succeed remains uncertain, but clearly it's not the road to sudden riches.
Tags: Linux Games, Linux
ChromeOS vs Linux: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 16, 2014
In the battle between ChromeOS and Linux, both desktop environments have strengths and weaknesses.
Tags: ChromeOS, Linux, open source, Chrome
Top Linux Myths Dispelled
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 08, 2014
Linux myths are many and varied, yet a look beneath the surface reveals how mistaken they are.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux
What the Linux Foundation Does for Linux
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published August 20, 2014
Speaking at the LinuxCon conference, Jim Zemlin compares himself to the Simpsons' groundskeeper Willy.
Tags: Jim Zemlin, Linus Torvalds, Linux, Linux Foundation
Top Linux Productivity Apps
By Matt Hartley | Article Published August 18, 2014
Linux apps for time-tracking, dual monitor, editing, storage syncing and more.
Tags: Linux apps, Linux, productivity apps
Hidden Linux Benefits, Clear Linux Challenges
By Matt Hartley | Article Published August 11, 2014
Linux benefits outweigh Linux challenges, yet the desktop clearly offers both.
Tags: Linux desktop, KDE, Linux
Open Source Replacements for Popular Small Business Software
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published July 28, 2014
The best open source applications for office productivity, accounting, collaboration, ERP, security and more.
Tags: small business, open source, small business IT support, Open Source App, Linux
Best Linux Desktop: KDE's Plasma
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 21, 2014
KDE’s Plasma earns best Linux desktop honors due to its design, customization and innovation.
Tags: KDE, Linux desktop, Linux, Best linux desktop, open source
Best Linux Browsers
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 21, 2014
Pros and cons of the best browsers for the Linux desktop, including Firefox, Chrome and other browsers.
Tags: Chrome, browser, open source, Firefox, browser add-on, Linux
Best Linux Desktop: Top 10 Candidates
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 14, 2014
The best Linux desktops for both newbie and advanced users, focusing on desktop ease of use and Linux tool set.
Tags: Best linux desktop, Linux desktop distro, Linux, Linux desktop
Wanted: A Purpose for Open Source
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 07, 2014
Open source has come a long way -- but has it lost its original purpose?
Tags: Linux, open source
Switching to Ubuntu: User Tips
By Matt Hartley | Article Published June 23, 2014
Switching to Ubuntu isn’t hard, but these useful tips should ease any potential hassles.
Tags: Linux, Ubuntu, open source
110 Fun Open Source Games and Apps
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published June 16, 2014
Find free arcade, casual, shooter, role-playing and strategy games for Linux, Windows, OS X and Android.
Tags: apps, Open Source App, Linux, games
14 Apps To Boost Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published June 09, 2014
Apps to get the most from Ubuntu or any Linux desktop.
Tags: apps, Ubuntu, Linux, Open Source App
Are Ubuntu Derivatives a Bad Idea?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published June 02, 2014
Ubuntu-based customized distros have significant advantages, but beware of the downsides as well.
Tags: distros, Linux, Ubuntu, custom development
Is 'Open' the 'Organic' of the IT Industry?
By Guest Author | Article Published May 27, 2014
As open source has gained adoption, the label 'open' has been placed on many tech solutions -- not always justifiably.
Tags: Linux, open source, IT, Open Standards
60 Open Source Apps You Can Use in the Cloud
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published May 23, 2014
Many open source applications are now available on a SaaS basis, and others can help enterprises set up IaaS or PaaS environments.
Tags: Linux, Open Source App, cloud computing, apps
VMware Embraces Pivotal PaaS for Hybrid Cloud
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published May 06, 2014
Pivotal CEO sees his firm's technology as being the most important innovation since Linux.
Tags: hybrid cloud, VMware, PaaS, Linux, cloud computing
Should You Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 05, 2014
Advice on making the Ubuntu upgrade decision and tips to make the upgrade process easier.
Tags: Linux desktop, Ubuntu, open source, Linux
GNOME and the GIGO Principle
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 29, 2014
GNOME 3 has evolved according to design principles. The problem is, that's not how it was conceived.
Tags: Gnome, Linux, open source
50 Open Source Replacements for Windows XP
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 16, 2014
These are some of the best Linux distributions for former Windows XP users and people who have older PC hardware.
Tags: Linux desktop, open source, Windows XP, Linux
Does Heartbleed Disprove 'Open Source is Safer'?
By Bruce Byfield | 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.
Tags: Open Source Enterprise Software, Open Source Programmers, Heartbleed, Linux
Why I Switched to GNOME
By Matt Hartley | Article Published April 14, 2014
GNOME isn’t the desktop for everyone, yet it has clear advantages over competitors.
Tags: KDE, Gnome, Linux, desktop
Tech Gurus Still Don't "Get" Linux
By Matt Hartley | Article Published April 07, 2014
Plenty of supposed tech experts attempt to review Linux without truly understanding it.
Tags: Windows, operating systems, Linux
My Top Linux Frustrations of 2014
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 31, 2014
A veteran Linux user talks about syncing, special effects, Office compatibility and other concerns.
Tags: open source, Linux
Why Does Linux Collaboration Work?
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published March 27, 2014
Linux kernel developers admit there is still work to be done to improve collaboration.
Tags: Linux, open source, Linux kernel
Ubuntu and the Unspoken Rules
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 25, 2014
Ubuntu's disagreements with the rest of open source are really less about issues than relationships.
Tags: Shuttleworth, Canonical, Ubuntu, FOSS, open source, Linux
Graduating from Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 24, 2014
A survey of alternate Linux distributions for those users seeking to broaden their horizons.
Tags: Debian, Linux, Arch Linux, open source, Ubuntu
What Happened to the Vision in Open Source?
By Bruce Byfield | 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?
Tags: FOSS, Richard Stallman, open source, Mark Shuttleworth, FSF, Linux, Free Software Foundation
100 Open Source Replacements for Popular Security Tools
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published March 17, 2014
Download open source anti-virus software, firewalls, email gateways, penetration testing tools, security-focused Linux distributions and more.
Tags: Linux, Security Intelligence, Security Software, privacy, NSA, open source
Cloudinary Boosts Cloud Image Management
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published March 13, 2014
The cloud computing firm touts its ability to make image management easier for online businesses.
Tags: cloud computing, AWS, image editor, Linux
Is Ubuntu Animosity Misplaced?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 10, 2014
Ubuntu receives a healthy dose of criticism even as it does a great deal to move Linux forward.
Tags: open source downloads, Ubuntu, Linux, Gnome
Why XFCE beats KDE and GNOME
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 03, 2014
XFCE provides a better user experience, offering a stable and easily understood desktop environment.
Tags: xfce, Linux, Gnome, KDE
Nine Lessons Other Desktops Can Learn from KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 25, 2014
Acknowledgement of KDE's recovery from its user revolt is long overdue.
Tags: open source, Gnome, KDE, Linux
How to Avoid Breaking Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 24, 2014
Ubuntu, like any Linux distro, isn't infallible, but these tips will better secure your desktop.
Tags: Linux, open source, distro, Ubuntu
Linux Invasion: 101 Open Source Apps for Windows
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published February 20, 2014
These are some of the best applications for home, business or education users who are new to open source.
Tags: Linux apps, apps, Windows XP, Linux, download, Windows
Demand for Linux Professionals is Growing
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published February 19, 2014
New report, sponsored by the Linux Foundation, once again shows that Linux is where the money is for IT professionals.
Tags: Red Hat, IT jobs, Linux, open source
Life without a Windows Desktop
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 17, 2014
A Linux user talks about assembling an open source desktop with complete functionality.
Tags: Linux, Windows, Google Plus, Skype, applications
Ubuntu vs. Rolling Release Distributions
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 10, 2014
With a rolling release Linux distribution, users don’t have to downgrade an entire release cycle because of one or two bad packages.
Tags: open source, Manjaro Linux, Ubuntu, Linux
What Chrome OS Needs to Expand Adoption
By Matt Hartley | Article Published January 28, 2014
Driven the low cost Chromebooks, the Chrome OS has major potential to expand market share – if it can improve functionality.
Tags: Chrome OS, Google, Linux, Chromebooks, open source, Chrome
100 Open Source Apps To Replace Everyday Software
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published January 21, 2014
For home users, small businesses or enterprises, these popular open source applications can help with day-to-day computing tasks.
Tags: free software, apps, Linux, open source
2014: The Year of Free Hardware
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 20, 2014
The open source software market could have a dramatic effect on the tech hardware industry this year.
Tags: open source community, hardware, open source, Linux
9 Myths about Free/Open Source Software and Feminism
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 16, 2014
An apparent backlash against women participating in free and open source software projects should be better understood.
Tags: Linux, Coders, open source software, development, FOSS, free software
GNOME: Key to Linux Desktop Unification?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published January 13, 2014
A look at GNOME's development indicates it will play an enduring role in the growth of the Linux desktop.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, Gnome, open source
Crowdfunding and Open Source
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 07, 2014
A successful crowdfunding campaign for an open source project may be more difficult than you expect.
Tags: Linux, CrowdFunding, Open Source Projects
Why Do Users Choose KDE?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 02, 2014
Users of the Linux desktop talk about why they prefer it over alternatives.
Tags: KDE, Linux, open source, Gnome
The Linux Software Store Conundrum
By Matt Hartley | Article Published December 18, 2013
Surveying the choices, the Linux OS could use a better retail online outlet.
Tags: Ubuntu, Linux, open source
The Ultimate Guide to Open Source Software
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published December 17, 2013
The best open source downloads available for home users, enterprises, small business and other organizations.
Tags: downloads, open source, enterprise software, free software, Linux
Dell Advances Cloud Efforts and Preps for More Innovation
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published December 12, 2013
Dell announces new OpenStack partnership with Red Hat as Michael Dell talks about innovation and the impact of Dell going private.
Tags: Linux, OpenStack, Red Hat, Dell, cloud computing
Linux Foundation Builds Internet of Things Effort
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published December 10, 2013
Two dozen companies come together in effort that will build an open source Internet of Things framework.
Tags: Linux, open source, internet of things
Google Ramps up Cloud Efforts as Compute Engine Matures
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published December 03, 2013
The latest iteration of Compute Engine offers expanded options, as Google touts its mission critical capabilities.
Tags: Google, Linux, cloud computing, Compute Engine
The Burning Bridges of Ubuntu
By Bruce Byfield | 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.
Tags: Ubuntu, open source, Mark Shuttleworth, Linux, KDE, Canonical
100 Open Source Replacements for Audio and Video Tools
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published November 20, 2013
Open source applications make it easy to create, listen to and view digital audio and video content.
Tags: Linux, open source tools, open source, free software, audio, video
Linux Desktop's Missed Opportunities
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 18, 2013
If Windows users consider migrating, does the Linux desktop offer a clear and easy choice?
Tags: Linux, Windows XP, open source apps, Windows 8
Apache OpenOffice vs. LibreOffice
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 12, 2013
The two open source office productivity suites are similar, yet one appears to have a slight advantage.
Tags: Linux, open source apps, OpenOffice, Office productivity, LibreOffice
77 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published October 22, 2013
This update on a popular list reveals a changing relationship between proprietary and open source software, due to cloud computing's influence.
Tags: enterprise software, Linux, open source
Seven Things You Can Do in KDE (But Not on Other Linux Desktops)
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 21, 2013
If you don't know KDE, you don't know what the Linux desktop can do.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, open source
OpenStack Havana Cloud Gets Enterprise Ready
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published October 17, 2013
Red Hat knows a thing or two about making open source technologies enterprise grade and has made some key contributions to OpenStack Havana.
Tags: Linux, Red Hat, cloud computing, OpenStack, open source
Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 24, 2013
Ubuntu and Canonical are looking as if they've peaked, with a string of questionable moves.
Tags: Canonical, Shuttleworth, Linux, open source, Ubuntu