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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, open source, Windows XP, Linux desktop
What Makes a Classic Linux Desktop 'Classic'?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 18, 2014
Why are classic desktops the most popular choice among Linux users?
Tags: Gnome, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, open source, MATE, KDE
KDE Desktop vs. GNOME Apps: The Great Paradox
By Bruce Byfield | 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?
Tags: KDE, open source, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, Gnome
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 desktop, Linux, Gnome, open source
The Linux Desktop: 2013 in Review
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 10, 2013
The Linux desktop’s big trends included crowdfunding, the Ubuntu controversy, GNOME, Steam, and more.
Tags: Ubuntu, open source, Linux desktop, Steam OS, Gnome, Canonical
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 desktop, Linux, open source
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 desktop, Linux, open source
Selecting a GNOME 2 Successor Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 16, 2013
GNOME 2 is dead. Long live GNOME 2.
Tags: open source, Linux desktop, Gnome, MATE, Gnome Shell
Linux Desktop: Change vs. Conservatism
By Bruce Byfield | 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.
Tags: Linux desktop, open source community, KDE, Gnome
9 Major 2012 Events That Will Influence the Linux Desktop in Coming Years
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 27, 2012
2012 was a lively year on the Linux Desktop, with the promise of more to come next year.
Tags: Gnome, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, open source, MySQL, MariaDB, Calligra, Linux Mint, KDE, tablet
Grudge Match: Ubuntu 12.10 vs openSUSE 12.2
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 10, 2012
Which of these Linux desktops is superior? That may depend on who’s using them.
Tags: Linux desktop, openSUSE, Linux, Ubuntu
Seven Expectations of Linux Users
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published July 24, 2012
The assumptions built in to Linux accustom its users to taking charge of their computing.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux
The GNOME Exodus and KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 12, 2012
KDE is a mature desktop. So why aren't users who are fleeing Unity and the GNOME Shell considering it as an alternative?
Tags: Linux, KDE, Linux desktop, Gnome
Ubuntu 12.04 Delivers 5 Years of Enterprise Linux Desktop Support
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published April 26, 2012
Linux vendor aims to make it easier for companies to adopt the Linux desktop.
Tags: enterprise linux, open source, Linux desktop, Ubuntu
The GNOME 2 Zombie
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 05, 2012
Disappointment with GNOME 3 has users pining for GNOME 2. But it's not always wise to resurrect the dead.
Tags: KDE, Linux, Linux desktop, Gnome
The Fragmentation of the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 17, 2012
Dissatisfaction with Unity and GNOME, among other factors, is wreaking havoc on the Linux desktop.
Tags: Unity, Linux desktop, Gnome, KDE
Is the Linux Desktop Dead?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 01, 2011
The increased importance of mobile computing raises questions about the Linux desktop's future.
Tags: KDE, Linux, Linux desktop, Gnome
60 New Open Source Apps You've (Probably) Never Heard Of
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published October 25, 2011
You might have missed some of these open source software projects that have debuted recently.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, open source apps
Judging Ubuntu: Failures and Successes
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 25, 2011
On Ubuntu's seventh anniversary, the dominant Linux distribution has a mixed record.
Tags: Canonical, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Linux downloads
KDE's 'Plasma Active' Tops GNOME 3 and Unity
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 11, 2011
Designed for touch screen tablets, KDE's Plasma Active is clearly superior to its rivals.  
Tags: KDE, Linux desktop, Gnome, open source apps, Ubuntu
Pros and Cons of Open Source Software
By Matt Hartley | Article Published October 10, 2011
Does the cost advantage justify the limits on functionality?
Tags: Linux desktop, open source
Building the Ultimate Modern Linux Desktop
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 20, 2011
A veteran Linux user lists his choices for a top-flight desktop.
Tags: Ubuntu, KDE, Linux desktop, Gnome
Windows 8, Metro, and the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 20, 2011
Windows 8's Metro could indicate an unfortunate direction in the future of the Linux desktop.
Tags: Metro browser, KDE, Linux desktop, Windows 8, mobile, Gnome
Eight Complaints About the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 08, 2011
The Linux desktop is like a colony that has gained independence yet still thinks that everything is done better in the mother country.
Tags: Gnome, Linux, Linux desktop, KDE
Are Linux Users Smarter or is Everyone Else Just Lazy?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published August 15, 2011
Though some users claim the Linux desktop is difficult and complex, few real obstacles confront new users.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop
Seven Concerns on the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published August 09, 2011
After years of trying to match proprietary desktops, the Linux desktop has yet to find a new destination -- or even a compass point.
Tags: KDE, Gnome, Unity, Linux desktop
Does Loving Linux Make Us Dislike Windows?
By Matt Hart | Article Published August 08, 2011
Is the Linux-Windows debate about OS politics, or something more pragmatic?
Tags: Linux, open source, Linux desktop, Windows 7, Windows
Linux Desktop Hits and Misses
By Matt Hartley | Article Published August 01, 2011
Peripheral compatibility, software quality and community issues on the Linux desktop.
Tags: Linux desktop, Ubuntu
Flash Drive Linux vs. Standard Linux Desktops
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 18, 2011
Carrying your Linux OS on a flash drive has distinct advantages over the traditional desktop-based configuration.
Tags: flash drive, Linux, Linux desktop
Should Your Business Remaster Its Own Linux Distro?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 23, 2011
Companies can re-brand existing Linux distributions with their own corporate identity to enjoy marketing and functional advantages.
Tags: Linux desktop, Enterprise IT, Linux, business software
Linux 2.6.39 Debuts with Improved Performance
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published May 19, 2011
New kernel released by Linus Torvalds provides performance and virtualization improvements.
Tags: Red Hat, Linux desktop, Linux, KVM, Linux kernel
Other Linux Distros' View of Ubuntu's Unity: It Ain't Pretty
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 17, 2011
Many Linux developers are surprisingly lukewarm about Unity, which may create a major challenge for Ubuntu.
Tags: Unity, Linux desktop, Linux downloads, Ubuntu, open source
Does Microsoft's Skype Purchase Hurt the Linux Desktop?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 16, 2011
What if Microsoft were to no longer maintain the Linux version of Skype?
Tags: open source, Linux desktop, Skype, Linux, Linux downloads
The Desktop Linux Paradox
By Serdar Yegulalp | Article Published May 12, 2011
The Linux desktop keeps evolving yet never attains actual success. When will the core problems be addressed?
Tags: open source, Linux desktop, Ubuntu, Linux, Linux downloads
Are Usability Studies Hurting the Free Desktop?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 10, 2011
Interface problems with KDE, GNOME and Ubuntu suggest that the Linux desktop may be headed in the wrong direction.
Tags: Linux desktop, Linux downloads, KDE, Gnome, Ubuntu
How Ubuntu's Unity Can Be Improved
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 09, 2011
Ubuntu's developers could follow these tips to improve user experience for both existing and new Ubuntu users.
Tags: Linux desktop, Ubuntu, Unity, Canonical, Linux downloads
Why Is Ubuntu's Unity Squeezing out GNOME 3?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published April 25, 2011
Given that Unity might be the Windows Vista of the Linux world, shouldn’t GNOME get more focus?
Tags: Ubuntu, open source, Linux desktop, Gnome, Canonical
Seven Alternatives to GNOME 3
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 19, 2011
If the Linux destkop’s new version isn’t right for you, your options are numerous.
Tags: Gnome, Linux downloads, Linux desktop
Ubuntu Unity vs. GNOME 3: Which is Better?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 12, 2011
Both Linux desktops were designed with usability in mind, yet one seems to have a slight edge.
Tags: Gnome, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Linux downloads, open source
GNOME vs. KDE: The Latest Round
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 05, 2011
Both GNOME and KDE Linux desktops have versions that are radically different from those each had a few years ago.
Tags: KDE, Linux downloads, open source, Linux desktop, Gnome
Problems Linux Enthusiasts Refuse to Address
By Matt Hartley | Article Published April 04, 2011
A Linux expert points out the nagging problems that keep the open source desktop from wide adoption.
Tags: open source, Linux, USB, wireless, Linux desktop
Will GNOME 3.0 Repeat the User Revolt of KDE 4.0?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 22, 2011
GNOME 3.0 is a release that will please developers and frustrate many users.
Tags: Linux downloads, Gnome, KDE, open source software, Linux desktop
15 Must-Have Linux Desktop Apps
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 07, 2011
Linux downloads for work and play, from document sharing to music-video to communications.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, KDE, Gnome, audio
Why a Linux Aficionado Uses an iPhone
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 28, 2011
A Linux expert realizes that blind loyalty to a platform has its limitations.
Tags: Linux downloads, iPhone, Linux desktop, open source, iphone apps
20 New User Misconceptions about Linux
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 21, 2011
Is Linux free of malware? Do you have to be a geek to use Linux? Does Linux make a political statement?
Tags: Ubuntu, MP3, open source, Linux downloads, Linux desktop
Nine Current Flame Wars in Open Source
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 16, 2011
Want to pick an argument about Linux? You’ve got a lot of choices.
Tags: KDE, Linux downloads, open source, Linux desktop, Ubuntu
53 Open Source Replacements to Spice Up Your Desktop
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published February 15, 2011
Open source downloads for desktop search, virtual desktops, snazzy wallpaper and much more. Come on, live a little!
Tags: open source software, open source tools, software, Linux desktop, Linux downloads
The Joy of Remastering your Own Linux Distro
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 14, 2011
Remastering your own Linux distribution offers advantages like control, security and efficiency.
Tags: open source, enterprise software, Linux, Linux desktop, Ubuntu
Debian 6.0: Stability and Power to the People
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 31, 2011
The Debian 6.0 relase puts to rest one longstanding myth while perpetuating another.
Tags: open source, Ubuntu, Debian, Linux desktop, firmware
Eight Completely Free Linux Distros (And One More)
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 25, 2011
Linux distributions that are completely free of proprietary software are a true rarity.
Tags: Linux, FOSS, Linux desktop, free software, Debian
CoreTrace Brings Application Whitelisting to Linux, Mac
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published January 24, 2011
Do Linux and Mac users need another layer of application security? At least one vendor thinks so and is building a solution to meet the need.
Tags: Linux desktop, Mac, application security, security, CoreTrace
Forget GNOME and KDE, Xfce 4.8 Runs Simpler and Faster
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 19, 2011
The latest version of Linux desktop Xfce 4.8 balances speed and convenience.
Tags: xfce, Gnome, KDE, Linux desktop, open source
Ubuntu's Unity Desktop: Tragically Ironic Product Name
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 11, 2011
Ubuntu’s move to use Unity instead of the GNOME shell of previous releases is sparking discord.
Tags: Unity, open source software, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Gnome
Switching to Linux (For the Right Reasons)
By Matt Hartley | Article Published January 05, 2011
Linux isn’t malware-proof, nor does it mean you’ll never need to upgrade your hardware.
Tags: malware, Linux desktop, hardware, enterprise software, Linux
2010: The Year in Free and Open Source Software
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 21, 2010
Linux and open source software saw gains this year, yet also saw a trend that may prove a serious reversal.
Tags: Linux, open source, SCO, Linux desktop, OpenOffice
Ubuntu Myopia Continues Among Users
By Matt Hartley | Article Published December 20, 2010
Ubuntu is a good Linux distribution, but does the large user community realize that there are others?
Tags: Fedora, Linux desktop, Linux downloads, open source, Ubuntu
Non-Profits Lead The Way With Linux
By Matt Hartley | Article Published December 13, 2010
Non-profits, schools and libraries have migrated to Linux to help the bottom line.
Tags: school, Linux desktop, Linux downloads, Libraries, Linux
KDE 4.6 Beta: Finding New Directions
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 08, 2010
KDE 4.6 falls short of the dramatic changes of early KDE 4 releases, yet it lays the groundwork for the desktop’s future development.
Tags: open source tools, Linux downloads, Linux desktop, KDE 4, Widget libraries
Seven Improvements Needed in KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 29, 2010
The KDE desktop has come a long way in the last two years, yet still requires some fixes to be its best.
Tags: Linux downloads, KDE, Gnome, open source, Linux desktop
LibreOffice Rethinks the Office Suite
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 16, 2010
OpenOffice and LibreOffice could diverge more quickly than most observers imagined.
Tags: enterprise software, OpenOffice.org, Linux desktop, office suites, open source
Aerodynamic Elephants and Free Software Without Freedom
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 10, 2010
A response to those critics who suggest that open source software needs to become more like proprietary software.
Tags: open source, Linux downloads, Linux, Linux desktop, free software
Linux: Does Being Competitive with Windows Matter?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 08, 2010
The Linux desktop may actually be hampered by its efforts to compete with Windows.
Tags: Windows, Linux, Ubuntu, Linux downloads, Linux desktop
Improving The Linux Desktop: 20 Needed Fixes
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 01, 2010
The Linux desktop needs to focus on new users, improve wi-fi tools, work better with commercial software, among other necessary changes.
Tags: Linux downloads, Ubuntu, Linux desktop, Wi-Fi, Linux
Linux Foundation Merges with Consumer Electronics Linux Forum
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published October 27, 2010
Linux Foundation continues to bulk up, gobbling yet another organization as the market grows for Linux on consumer devices.
Tags: Linux desktop, open source, Linux Foundation, Linux, open source software
Shuttleworth on Ubuntu's Future
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published October 27, 2010
Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS), Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth talked about his hopes for the future of Linux, among other topics.
Tags: open source software, Linux, Linux desktop, Shuttleworth, Ubuntu
50 Awesome Open Source Apps You've (Probably) Never Heard Of
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published October 25, 2010
Open source downloads for audio, video, backup, ecommerce, document management, networking and many other desktop tasks.
Tags: open source, Linux downloads, open source tools, open source software, Linux desktop
Ubuntu Aims for Linux Desktop Unity
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published October 25, 2010
Mark Shuttleworth announces a major shift for Ubuntu as new Unity interface will be default for next release – just don't call it a fork of GNOME.
Tags: Shuttleworth, Linux desktop, Gnome, Linux downloads, Ubuntu
How will GNOME 3.0 be Received?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 28, 2010
Based on the preview of GNOME 3.0, the Linux desktop release may encounter some significant user resistance.
Tags: open source, Linux desktop, KDE, Gnome, Linux downloads
20 Linux Apps That Make the Desktop Easier
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 22, 2010
Focusing on both KDE and GNOME, Linux desktop apps that make daily use faster and more efficient.
Tags: Linux downloads, open source, Linux desktop, KDE, Gnome
Ubuntu, Canonical Wallow in Muddy Waters with Contributors' Agreements
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 21, 2010
The Canonical Contributor Agreement is riddled with potential difficulties, causing concern among various parties.
Tags: Linux desktop, Shuttleworth, Canonical, open source tools, Ubuntu
When Will Linux Email Catch up to Gmail?
By Joe Brockmeier | Article Published September 20, 2010
Among all the open source email apps, EpiceBird, Thunderbird, Evolution, KMail, and Claws, not a single one measures up to Gmail. Why not?
Tags: Linux, Linux downloads, Linux desktop, Email management, evolution
KDE and the Expansion of the Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 09, 2010
New KDE features are designed to make desktop icons more efficient and reduce the clutter when using multiple windows.
Tags: open source, KDE, Linux desktop, Linux, KDE 4
Migrating a Small Business To Linux
By Matt Hartley | Article Published September 07, 2010
Whether migrating to Linux is advisable depends on a given business’s priorities.
Tags: open source, SMB, Linux, Linux downloads, Linux desktop
7 Things You Can Do in KDE, But Not in Windows
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 02, 2010
Some of these features are not unique to the KDE Linux desktop.
Tags: Linux, KDE, Linux downloads, open source, Linux desktop
Top 20 Apps for GNOME Fans
By Matt Hartley | Article Published August 24, 2010
Leading Linux downloads to improve the GNOME desktop’s speed and efficiency.
Tags: Linux downloads, open source, Linux, Gnome, Linux desktop