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August 22, 2013
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The first rule of choosing a desktop Linux distribution: User, know thyself

On a regular basis I use five different Linux different distributions. Over the decades, I’ve used pretty every much every major Linux distribution out there… and I haven’t even touched more than 10% of all available Linux distributions. If I, … Continue reading

November 29, 2012
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Dell XPS 13 laptop: The Ubuntu developer edition arrives

Several months ago, Dell told me about their plans for a killer Ubuntu Linux developer notebook computer, Project Sputnik. The planning is done and this top-of-the-line programmer’s laptop, the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition is ready to ship for $1,549. … Continue reading

August 7, 2012
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Microsoft is pushing users and vendors to Macs and Linux

What is Microsoft thinking? First, the company decided that it was going to compete with its own partners of decades in the growing tablet market with its Surface tablet. Then, it decided that it’s going to force feed Windows 8 … Continue reading

July 29, 2012
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Five ways to skip Windows 8

I’ve been working with Windows 8 for months. Even after Microsoft dished out the release candidate to application developers, I’m still finding Windows 8 to be the worst Windows version to date. Yes, worse than Vista, worse than Windows Millennium Edition (Me), and … Continue reading

July 25, 2012
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Dell re-enters high-end Linux laptop market with Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Dell has blown hot and cold on the Linux desktop over the years. Dell was the first major original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to offer consumer Linux desktops in 2007, but since then Linux-powered mobile PCs have only been available from Dell by … Continue reading