• Review

    Docker 1.0 is ready for prime time

    Posted June 9, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    The first production-ready version of the open source Linux container engine irons out networking and other wrinkles.
  • Review

    Tails 1.0: A bootable Linux distro that protects your privacy

    Posted May 12, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Whatever your primary OS, Linux distro Tails 1.0 offers a plethora of security features to help you work online without worrying about privacy issues.
  • Review

    5 Twitter clients for Linux

    Posted May 9, 2014 - 10:31 am

    Linux users who want to avoid browser-based Twitter apps can try out these five local clients -- including one that still uses a command-line interface.
  • Review

    Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

    Posted March 31, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Newest release also features support for ARM processors.
  • Review

    First look: Docker is a better way to deploy your apps

    Posted March 5, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    An open source Linux container engine taking the world by storm is the newest, leanest, and cleanest way to get your app from development to production.
  • Review

    Ansible orchestration is a veteran Unix admin's dream

    Posted January 9, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Ansible and AnsibleWorks AWX bring simplicity and power to Linux and Unix server automation.
  • Review

    Ubuntu 13.10 takes aim at Microsoft, Apple, Google

    Posted January 6, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Ubuntu is moving into the rarified class of operating systems that cover x86/x64 clients and servers, ARM-based tablets/smartphones, and commodity cloud instances. Meaning that it's taking on everybody from Microsoft to Red Hat to Apple and Google.
  • Review

    10 top tests of 2013

    Posted December 11, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    We tested hundreds of products in 2013, but here are our top 10 tests of the year.
  • Review

    Review: Ansible orchestration is a veteran Unix admin's dream

    Posted October 10, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    Ansible and AnsibleWorks AWX bring simplicity and power to Linux and Unix server automation.
  • Review

    Fedora adds 3D printing support

    Posted September 9, 2013 - 11:14 am

    The latest version of Fedora, nicknamed "Schrodinger's Cat," features a number of improvements aimed at IT users. But its strict adherence to the open source philosophy means that it continues to be problematic for typical end users.
  • Review

    Ubuntu impresses in Linux enterprise server test

    Posted September 9, 2013 - 9:49 am

    Introduced in 1991, Linux boasts an estimated 67 million users worldwide according to Free versions abound, but companies adopting Linux as part of critical infrastructure typically require more support than a community of unpaid, albeit enthusiastic, volunteers can provide.
  • Review

    LinuxMint 15 review: A smooth alternative to Ubuntu

    Posted August 5, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    The crafters of the LinuxMint distro are in a ticklish position. Mint is based on Ubuntu, which in turn, is based on Debian, which in turn, has the moveable feast of the Linux kernel as its underpinning. All three have changed underneath LinuxMint, but LinuxMint 15 pulls off a new cut without missing a step (save a missing KDE version).
  • Review

    5 free Linux text editors for programming and word processing

    Posted August 1, 2013 - 4:59 pm

    A programmer looks at the current versions of five well-known text editors and offers his take on how well they perform.
  • Review

    Ubuntu 13 challenges Windows 8

    Posted July 1, 2013 - 10:31 am

    The latest version of Ubuntu, Raring Ringtail, is billed as business and user-friendly. There are still significant obstacles to its widespread adoption in the enterprise, but if your employees only access applications via the browser, and your company doesn't use complex spreadsheet macros or document formats, then Ubuntu 13 might be worth considering.
  • Review

    Dell's Linux laptop has good hardware, decent toolkit

    Posted May 6, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Our Linux pros check out the decked-out XPS 13 'Developer Edition' laptop, preloaded with Ubuntu and other tools.
  • Review

    Where's the beef? Fedora releases 'Spherical Cow'

    Posted April 8, 2013 - 11:12 am

    After being delayed seven times due to reported problems with the new installer, Fedora 18 has arrived.
  • Review

    Linux Live USB Creator makes it easier to install Linux

    Posted January 6, 2013 - 10:09 pm

    There used to be a time when Microsoft Windows ruled the operating system world. But in recent years, the free and open source Linux operating system has taken a big bite out of Windows' dominance. But Linux has always had an image problem of seeming too difficult and unwieldy to install and learn, with a steep learning curve attached.
  • Review

    GNOME 2: Still king of the Linux desktop

    Posted December 28, 2012 - 8:53 pm

    It seems fair to say that Linux users enjoy a degree of choice that's unmatched by the proprietary players in the desktop computing world, what with the wide variety of both distributions and desktop environments from which they can choose.
  • Review

    Raspberry Pi, Cotton Candy, and MK802 II face off in this battle of pint-size PCs

    Posted December 17, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    They're incredibly small and surprisingly powerful: We tell you what these devices are capable of, and how well they perform.
  • Review

    Two new Asus laptops offer an Ubuntu Linux option

    Posted October 16, 2012 - 8:33 pm

    As the arrival of Windows 8 draws ever nearer, it's not surprising to see the debut of a flurry of devices featuring the new OS.
  • Review

    DOSBox: Free, open-source DOS emulation

    Posted September 29, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Running games during the DOS era was trouble enough, and today exploring those old games can be a nightmare. Sound card issues, memory management and other peculiarities of early PC gaming amplified as OS technology progressed and passed these titles by, leaving many of them orphaned and unable to run on modern systems. Today's answer to this problem isn't digging up an old system or rooting around for special drivers, it's emulation: free and open-source DOSBox.
  • Review

    Linux Mint 13 leaves sour aftertaste

    Posted September 4, 2012 - 2:25 pm

    With Ubuntu 12.04 LTS as its underpinnings, Linux Mint 13 (Maya) was recently released in three versions, KDE (new), Xfce, and Gnome-Cinnamon. We tested each version separately and while we still like Mint, we're accumulating a nagging list of bugs -- some of which are the fault of Ubuntu, and some are the twists that Linux Mint takes on its own.
  • Review

    Linux favorite email client Claws Mail works well on Windows... once email is imported

    Posted July 10, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    Claws Mail is a great basic email client on its native Linux platform, and the Windows port I looked at is done very nicely. It lacks automatic account configuration à la Outlook, but it supports multiple accounts, filters, and has a threaded view of messages. It's attractively simple, but could use a better way to import existing email and addresses.
  • Review

    Ubuntu targets the mainstream

    Posted June 18, 2012 - 1:27 pm

    With Ubuntu 12.04, Canonical has delivered a much improved product that spans desktops, servers and the cloud in a bid to become the cross-platform mainstream product that Apple's Mac OS might have been had Apple not abandoned the server market.
  • Review

    Mint is fun, client-focused Linux distro

    Posted January 6, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    When Ubuntu decided last year to abruptly replace the familiar Gnome UI with its own Unity interface, many users were upset. And according to the latest numbers from DistroWatch, Linux Mint has been the major beneficiary, so we decided to test Linux Mint 12.
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