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: open source, Linux, Ubuntu, KDE, Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth
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: video, audio, open source, Linux, free software, open source tools
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: Windows 8, Linux, Windows XP, open source apps
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: open source apps, Office productivity, LibreOffice, Linux, OpenOffice
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: Linux, Canonical, open source, Ubuntu, Shuttleworth
Red Hat Grows Linux Revenues, Displacing Unix and SUSE
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published September 24, 2013
Linux leader Red Hat's second quarter fiscal 2014 financial results showing continued growth.
Tags: open source, SUSE Linux, Red Hat, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Linux
How To Get Started In Linux Development :Linuxcon
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published September 20, 2013
Greg Kroah-Hartman says that the Linux kernel developers are always polite to newbies. Really?
Tags: Linux, development, Linux kernel
Linux Commands: Video of Time-Saving Commands
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 17, 2013
A look at some Linux commands that save time and improve work efficiency.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, open source
9 Features To Make You Reconsider GNOME
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 10, 2013
Two and a half years after GNOME 3 appeared, it's overdue for a second look.
Tags: open source, GNOME desktop, Linux, Gnome
50 Noteworthy New Open Source Apps
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published August 27, 2013
Check out these newer open source tools for development, database management, collaboration, science and more.
Tags: open source apps, Linux, open source
Tech Comics: "A Lamp Stack"
By Oliver Widder | Article Published August 19, 2013
Linux, Apache, MySQL and Perl: the lampstack has earned its place in datacenter history.
Tags: Linux, LAMP
The Current State of the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 30, 2013
It's a contradictory era on the desktop today.
Tags: Ubuntu, Unity, community, desktop, Linux Mint, open source, Linux, Gnome, KDE
Open Source Alternatives that Ease the Transition to Linux
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 29, 2013
These Linux applications might help free you from legacy software that only runs on Windows.
Tags: software, applications, open source apps, Linux
Canonical Seeks $32 Million in Crowdfunding for Linux Phone
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published July 22, 2013
Linux vendor looks to community to fund next generation superphone.
Tags: Linux, Canonical, smartphone
Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 22, 2013
Kubuntu offers many of the same features as Ubuntu, but uses the KDE desktop instead of Unity.
Tags: Ubuntu, KDE, open source, desktop, Linux, Kubuntu, Unity
101 Most Fun Open Source Games and Apps
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published July 16, 2013
Popular open source downloads for arcade, strategy, adventure, and more.
Tags: open source, games, apps, Linux
Ubuntu vs. Debian
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 15, 2013
Debian offers a speedy, stable desktop Linux experience—if you're willing to put in a little work.
Tags: desktop, Debian, open source, Ubuntu, Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform Opens for Business
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published July 10, 2013
At long last, Red Hat makes its cloud platform generally available.
Tags: Red Hat, Linux, cloud computing, OpenStack, open source
Giving GNOME 3 a GNOME 2 Look
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 09, 2013
It all comes down to choosing the right combination of extensions.
Tags: Linux, Gnome, open source, desktop, extensions
Linux Desktops: Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 08, 2013
How do these two newbie-friendly Linux distributions compare?
Tags: desktop, open source, Linux Mint, Linux, Ubuntu
9 LibreOffice Features You Should Avoid Using
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 02, 2013
The keys to using LibreOffice? To start with, try avoiding features that make you look lost in the 1990s.
Tags: Linux, open source, Office productivity, LibreOffice, word processor, OpenOffice
Fedora vs. Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 01, 2013
Does Fedora offer a viable alternative to Ubuntu?
Tags: open source software, desktop, FOSS, Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux
Salesforce, Oracle Announce Cloud Partnership
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published June 26, 2013
The two rivals signed a nine-year agreement.
Tags: cloud computing, database, Java, Linux, Salesforce, Oracle
The Best and Worst Features of Linux Desktops
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 25, 2013
The perfect Linux desktop doesn't exist, though some come closer than others.
Tags: Mint, Linux, KDE, Ubuntu Desktop, Gnome
Mandriva Linux: Which Fork Is Right for You?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published June 24, 2013
Mageia and PCLinuxOS are good options, while mainline Mandriva and OpenMandriva are less impressive.
Tags: Mageia, Linux, operating system, Mandriva, OpenMandriva, open source, PCLinuxOS
When Will Red Hat Make Money from OpenStack Clouds?
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published June 20, 2013
Linux vendor reveals where the money is coming from as revenues grow in the cloud. OpenStack is part of the picture -- but it's still early, says CEO.
Tags: OpenStack, Red Hat, open source, Linux