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: open source, Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, Unity, Linux Mint, desktop, community, KDE
Mac Sales Declined 12% in June
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published July 24, 2013
June was a slow month, despite the launch of new MacBook Airs.
Tags: MacBook Air, Mac, Apple, desktop, laptop, PC sales
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: KDE, Ubuntu, Linux, open source, Unity, Kubuntu, desktop
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, Linux, Debian, Ubuntu, 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: desktop, extensions, open source, Linux, Gnome
Linux Desktops: Ubuntu vs. Linux Mint
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 08, 2013
How do these two newbie-friendly Linux distributions compare?
Tags: Ubuntu, Linux, open source, desktop, Linux Mint
Fedora vs. Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published July 01, 2013
Does Fedora offer a viable alternative to Ubuntu?
Tags: FOSS, Ubuntu, open source software, Fedora, Linux, desktop
Linux Virtual Workspaces--How Do They Differ?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 11, 2013
Here's how KDE, GNOME, Unity, Mate, Cinnamon and Xfce each implement virtual workspaces.
Tags: desktop, MATE, open source, Unity, KDE, Linux, Cinnamon, Gnome, xfce
Linux Mint 15: Solid, But Unsettled
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 11, 2013
Linux Mint is maturing, which means that the question of what's next is starting to loom.
Tags: operating system, open source, MATE, Cinnamon, desktop, Linux Mint
Chrome vs. Firefox
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 15, 2013
Which browser is better for desktop Linux users?
Tags: Chrome, Chromium, open source, Mozilla, browser, Firefox, Google, desktop, Linux
Debian 7: The New Upstream
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 07, 2013
Just because the new Debian release isn't focused on the desktop doesn't mean it won't be influential.
Tags: operating system, Debian, Linux, desktop, open source
Raving Ringtail: The Mixed Motives of Ubuntu 13.04
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 24, 2013
The latest version of Unity mirrors the increasing conflicts within Canonical and Ubuntu.
Tags: Ubuntu, Canonical, desktop, Mark Shuttleworth, Linux, open source
Windows Blue May Have Start Button, Boot to Desktop
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 16, 2013
Inside sources say Microsoft is reconsidering some of its Windows 8 decisions.
Tags: Microsoft, Windows Blue, desktop
GNOME 3 and Unity Alternatives: Cinnamon vs. Mate
By Bruce Byfield | 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?
Tags: Unity, desktop, Linux Mint, Gnome, open source, Linux, MATE, Cinnamon
GNOME or KDE? The Old Question Is New Today
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 09, 2013
Despite the growing number of choices, the question on the desktop today remains "GNOME or KDE?"
Tags: MATE, desktop, Cinnamon, Unity, Linux Mint, Gnome, KDE, Linux
Gartner: Device Shipments to Top 2.4 Billion This Year
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published April 04, 2013
Tablet shipments are increasing, while PC shipments are falling.
Tags: Gartner, desktop, laptop, PC shipments, smartphone, Android, tablet
Nine Myths That Shouldn't Stop You From Trying Debian
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 02, 2013
Debian's reputation is out of keeping with what it actually offers.
Tags: open source, desktop, Debian, distribution, Linux
Windows Blue Leaks to the Web
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published March 26, 2013
New desktop, tablet and server versions of Microsoft's flagship OS are in the works.
Tags: Windows Blue, leak, desktop, tablet, Microsoft, operating system, servers
The Incremental GNOME 3.8: Doing What the Project Does Best
By Bruce Byfield | 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.
Tags: Linux, desktop, open source, GNOME 3.8
OpenSUSE 12.3 vs. Ubuntu 13.04
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 25, 2013
While Ubuntu is still a great choice for newbies, OpenSUSE 12.3 is ideal for more advanced Linux users.
Tags: open source, openSUSE, Linux, Ubuntu, desktop
Dispelling FUD About Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 18, 2013
You don't have to love everything Ubuntu does, but don't forget its noteworthy achievements and contributions to the Linux community.
Tags: open source, Ubuntu, desktop, Unity, community, Canonical, distribution, Linux
Ubuntu Display Server Fallout
By Matt Hartley | Article Published March 11, 2013
The rivalry between Mir and Wayland could serve to make both projects stronger.
Tags: open source, Linux, Wayland, desktop, display, Ubuntu
GNOME Classic Repeats History
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 05, 2013
Considering the discussion that preceded its creation, GNOME Classic looks likely to disappointment users.
Tags: open source, Linux, Ubuntu, Gnome, desktop
How Ubuntu Turned Search in the Dash into a PR Crisis
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 26, 2013
Sometimes, how you handle a feature's criticisms is as important as its specs.
Tags: Linux, desktop, search, Unity, Amazon, Ubuntu, open source
Seven Features I Fantasize About Seeing on the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 12, 2013
Which innovations might improve the free desktop without scaring users away?
Tags: KDE, desktop, Linux, Gnome, open source, Unity
The Impact of Microsoft Office for Ubuntu
By Matt Hartley | Article Published February 11, 2013
If the rumors are true and Microsoft releases a version of Office for Ubuntu, what will that mean for enterprises, for Ubuntu and for competing products like LibreOffice and Google Docs?
Tags: Microsoft Office, LibreOffice, desktop, Google Docs, Office productivity, open source, Ubuntu, Linux
Why the Linux Desktop Needs More Usability Testing
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 05, 2013
The open source community often neglects usability testing—and projects can suffer as a result.
Tags: testing, Linux, desktop, open source, development
Pros and Cons of a Ubuntu Rolling Release
By Matt Hartley | Article Published January 29, 2013
Abandoning the time-based release schedule could provide easier access to bleeding-edge technology, but would it sacrifice stability?
Tags: open source, Ubuntu, desktop, Linux
Intel to Exit the PC Motherboard Business
By Cynthia Harvey | Article Published January 23, 2013
"Haswell" will be the company's last desktop motherboard.
Tags: Intel, PC, motherboard, desktop
9 Things That Are Never Admitted About Open Source
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published January 22, 2013
What are the taboo subjects in open source today? You might guess some of them, but others might surprise you.
Tags: Gnome, KDE, FOSS, desktop, Mark Shuttleworth, Unity, Richard Stallman, open source, Linux, Microsoft, Ubuntu
Head-to-Head Desktop Comparison: Ubuntu 12.10 vs. OS X Mountain Lion
By Matt Hartley | Article Published January 21, 2013
See how the two operating systems compare from a casual user's perspective with regards to installation, software and hardware.
Tags: hardware, desktop, OS X Mountain Lion, Ubuntu, Linux, operating system, software, open source
GNOME's Next Step
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published December 04, 2012
OK, GNOME has listened -- once. But that is only the beginning of the recovery process it needs to go through.
Tags: Gnome, Linux, open source, desktop
20 Ubuntu Apps For Daily Life
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 27, 2012
These are the applications I use every day on my Ubuntu system.
Tags: Ubuntu, apps, desktop, applications, open source
The Cost of Ubuntu
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 26, 2012
It seems unlikely that the Ubuntu desktop will ever turn a profit.
Tags: Ubuntu, Canonical, Linux, open source, desktop
Dropping GNOME Fallback Mode: The Right Decision, Wrongly Handled
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 13, 2012
In dropping fallback mode, GNOME made the right decision -- and utterly failed to communicate that fact.
Tags: Gnome, desktop, marketing, Linux, open source
Will 2013 Be the Year of the Ubuntu Desktop?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published November 12, 2012
Linux continues to attract new desktop users, but significant challenges remain.
Tags: open source, Linux, Ubuntu, desktop
Experimentation vs. Tradition: The Future of Innovation on the Linux Desktop
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 08, 2012
The new diversity of Linux desktop choices could actually hinder innovation.
Tags: Gnome, KDE, Linux Mint, Unity, Linux, open source, Ubuntu, desktop
Choosing a Desktop: Mate vs Xfce
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published October 31, 2012
Trying to decide between Mate and Xfce as your Linux desktop? Although both come from a similar tradition, the two are more than just equivalents.
Tags: Gnome, xfce, desktop, Linux, MATE, open source, Unity
Will XP Users Shun Windows 8 in Favor of Ubuntu?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published October 30, 2012
While Ubuntu use is growing, a flood of new users is unlikely unless the open source community does a better job of getting the word out.
Tags: Windows 8, Ubuntu, operating system, Linux, desktop, Windows XP, open source
The Ripple Effect of Windows 8
By Scott Alan Miller | Article Published October 30, 2012
When our firm's employees found Windows 8 too unwieldy, we transitioned to Linux Mint instead and soon found that we didn't need any Microsoft products at all.
Tags: desktop, applications, Microsoft, Linux Mint, open source, Office, LibreOffice, Windows 8, Linux
Bossie Awards 2012: The Best Open Source Applications
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published September 19, 2012
This year's award-winners include business applications, desktop applications, cloud and data center software, application development tools and more.
Tags: data center, applications, open source software, Cloud, application development, business software, desktop
Opera, Google Extend Search Deal for Two Years
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published August 22, 2012
Google will continue to be the default search engine for the browser.
Tags: Opera, desktop, browser, mobile, search engine, Google
Windows Desktop Destined for Long Slide to Oblivion, Says Gartner
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published June 28, 2012
The analyst firm believes Windows 8 will usher in a major "technology shift."
Tags: Windows 8, applications, Microsoft, Gartner, Windows, desktop
Where Are the New Mac Desktops?
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published June 13, 2012
Loyal Mac fans express anger about the minimal Mac Pro update.
Tags: desktop, Apple, Mac Pro
VMware's New Bid to Simplify Desktop Virtualization
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published May 02, 2012
The virtualization vendor has launched VMware View 5.1.
Tags: VMware, virtualization, desktop
Windows XP Usage Dips But It's Still Top OS
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published November 01, 2011
Microsoft's 10-year-old operating system is still used by nearly half of all desktop owners.
Tags: desktop, operating systems
KDE Plasma Netbook GUI: Admitting Limitations
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published November 03, 2009
KDE's Plasma Netbook interface reflects its developers' struggles, but the main KDE desktop could learn from it.
Tags: KDE, Linux desktop, desktop, widgets, search
Computer DRAM Vendors See Upturn
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published October 23, 2009
The DRAM industry saw strong sequential growth, with recovery likely to continue through 2010.
Tags: Windows, Intel, desktop, server, AMD
Putting Linux on Parental Control
By Matt Hartley | Article Published October 01, 2009
A number of Linux-based solutions enable users to set the "naughtyness" limit.
Tags: Linux, Linux desktop, servers, networking, desktop
How Will Users React to GNOME 3.0?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published September 29, 2009
With KDE for comparison, GNOME now faces a serious challenge.
Tags: Linux desktop, KDE, desktop, search, Gnome
Microsoft Acquires 'Desktop Supercomputing'
By Stuart J. Johnston | Article Published September 23, 2009
Microsoft's purchase of Interactive Supercomputing will short up its move in high performance computing.
Tags: server, Linux, Microsoft, desktop, Windows
Ubuntu in 2010: 'Lucid Lynx'
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published September 21, 2009
"Lynx is also well known as a global brand of deodorant so this years' Ubuntu developer summit is going to be the sweetest smelling Ubuntu developer summit ever," Shuttleworth said. "Despite the fact that's it's happening in Dallas."
Tags: desktop, Linux, Ubuntu, software, developer
Should Employees Use Their Own PCs?
By Rob Enderle | Article Published September 09, 2009
The trend toward employee ownership of PCs could provide benefits to both the employees and strapped IT organizations, if monitored properly.
Tags: smartphones, services, software, desktop, PC
Intel, AMD Prep Six-Core PC Chips
By Andy Patrizio | Article Published September 03, 2009
By the end of this year both major chipmakers are expected to releases six-core chips for desktop computers.
Tags: desktop, server, AMD, e-Mail, Intel
Forget Netbooks, Desktops Rule
By Don Reisinger | Article Published August 20, 2009
The headlines keep coming about Netbooks, yet the small units' capabilities still pale in comparison to good old-fashioned desktops.
Tags: Dell, netbooks, e-Mail, desktop, video
PC Sales Plunge
By Andy Patrizio | Article Published July 16, 2009
The desktop market suffered a jaw-dropping 18 percent year-over-year fall .
Tags: consumer, dot-com, desktop, Dell, Intel
Building a Linux App Store: Can You Help?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published June 30, 2009
A Linux app store faces major challenges. Is there way such a distribution method could succeed?
Tags: Linux, software, desktop
KDE's Kontact vs. GNOME's Evolution: Best Personal Info Manager?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published June 29, 2009
An expert Linux user compares two open source personal contact managers and decides on his personal favorite.
Tags: desktop, Gnome, Linux desktop, Firefox
The CLIophobia of the Linux Newbie
By Emery Fletcher | Article Published May 19, 2009
CLIophobia (n): An irrational fear of operating ones computer using the Command Line Interface. Sometimes referred to as Terminal Angst.
Tags: desktop, control, Linux
KDE 4.3.0 Beta 1: Eye Candy and More
By Sean Michael Kerner | Article Published May 15, 2009
While the recent KDE releases have been known for their eye candy, the newest release certainly goes a step further.
Tags: desktop, Linux, developer, KDE
Why I Switched from GNOME to KDE
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published May 14, 2009
The two desktops are remarkably similar, but for now KDE is closer to where more of the action is.
Tags: Gnome, desktop, Linux, KDE
Google Improves Search on Cell Phones
By - Reuters | Article Published May 13, 2009
Google touted various new offerings, including a solution for better search on cell phones.
Tags: Google, search, media, desktop
Elderly Ubuntu User Says Books Far Better than Forums
By Emery Fletcher | Article Published May 12, 2009
If you need Ubuntu help, pick up a how to book instead of surfing a forum, says a 75-year-old first time Ubuntu user.
Tags: Linux, servers, desktop, Ubuntu
A Developer and her Netbook: Cheap .NET Coding
By Sara Chipps | Article Published May 11, 2009
A .NET developer, armed a few bucks a whole bunch of research, builds an inexpensive mobile coding studio.
Tags: Windows, netbook, .NET, desktop, developer
Which Distros Would You Use If Ubuntu Vanished?
By Matt Hartley | Article Published May 11, 2009
Options for newbies and experienced users alike, along with a good reason to look beyond the beloved Ubuntu.
Tags: support, desktop, Linux, Ubuntu
Ubuntu Jaunty Tries to Set the Usability Agenda
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 27, 2009
With the supposedly improved notifications system in the recently-released Jaunty Jackalope, Ubuntu unintentionally raises a new issue in usability: should a distribution set the usability agenda by itself?
Tags: developer, Mac, desktop, Ubuntu
Aaron Seigo Talks About KDE's Past and Future
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published April 21, 2009
Open source must be competitive with proprietary software, the KDE leader says, otherwise in the long run, that will leave us with nothing to show except for a strange group of people that work on something irrelevant.
Tags: software, developer, desktop, KDE, Linux
Ubuntu inside Windows: the Good, Bad and the Ugly
By Matt Hartley | Article Published April 20, 2009
Running Ubuntu inside Windows has its place, but its far from an ideal solution.
Tags: Ubuntu, desktop, Linux, Windows, support
Two Linux Twitter Clients: Twidge and Tircd
By David Harding | Article Published April 13, 2009
Twidge and Tircd are both easy to use and multi-functional.
Tags: programming, Linux, desktop, software, Twitter
Intel Offers PC Buyers a Star Rating System
By Datamation.com Staff | Article Published April 12, 2009
Intel will assign a number of stars to its chips, from one to five. But it's still not simple.
Tags: Intel, PC buying guide, desktop, CPU, video
GNOME vs. KDE: Which Has the Evolutionary Advantage?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 29, 2009
Not whether KDE or GNOME is better, but which Linux desktop development approach will be most successful in the next few years.
Tags: software, desktop, Linux, Gnome, KDE
Xfce Linux Desktop: Better Than KDE or GNOME?
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published March 10, 2009
The new release, Xfce 4.6, demonstrates still more improvements in usability.
Tags: xfce, services, KDE, Gnome, desktop
Why Apple Can't Afford to Lose the Mac Clone War
By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes | Article Published February 25, 2009
In its battle with small-time PC maker Psystar, Apple's entire business model is at stake.
Tags: OS X, desktop, Mac, Apple
KDE 4.2: Ten Tips for Getting Started
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 24, 2009
Helpful guidance so youll be comfortable moving around the KDE 4.2 desktop.
Tags: KDE, KDE 4, widgets, desktop, Linux desktop
Debian GNU/Linux 5.0: Flexible and (Almost) Free
By Bruce Byfield | Article Published February 19, 2009
Just as Debian supports both free and non-free installations, so it supports beginners and experts, and both those aware and ignorant of security options.
Tags: software, Debian, desktop, Linux, developer