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Microsoft heads back to the desktop

Microsoft has flopped on smartphones and tablets. At the same time, its Windows 8.x has continued to be such an abject failure, with a mere 13.4% share of the PC market, that it’s trailing even legendary fiasco Vista in market acceptance.

So what’s Microsoft to do?

Why, go back to its old playbook and […]

Linus Torvalds still wants the Linux desktop

CHICAGO — In the LinuxCon keynote, Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, said that Linux now runs everything, everywhere. He’s right. From supercomputers to stock markets to smartphones, Linux dominates most computing markets the way Germany did Brazil in the 2014 World Cup. But, during the Linux kernel panel, Linux’s founder, Linus Torvalds, admitted that he still regrets that Linux […]

Six Clicks: The best Linux desktop environments

Unlike Windows or Mac OS X, Linux offers a wide variety of desktop environments. Here are my picks of the most important of these PC interfaces.

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Give us the Windows 8 Start menu and no one will get hurt

Oh, come on! Are you serious, Microsoft? As late as April 2014, you were promising us the return of the Start menu to Windows 8. But it’s not included in Windows 8.1 Update 2, which we expect to show up in August. In fact, it now looks like you aren’t going to give us a […]

Windows 8.1 Update 1, now with less annoyance

Some disasters are easy to see coming. All you had to do was look at Windows 8 and its Metro — excuse me, Modern — interface back in its beta days and you knew it was going to fly like a pigeon with concrete overshoes. Years went by and Windows 8.1 was — better, but […]