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OS shoot-out: Windows vs. Mac OS X vs. Linux

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OS For the first time in memory, the Mac's market share has hit 9.1 percent, according to IDC data, and Windows' market share has dipped below 90 percent. But can either Mac OS X or Linux be more than a niche OS?

Looking Ahead to Unix's Future

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OS Unix has been a major presence in computing for decades, with numerous businesses, government agencies and other organizations relying on it for their mission-critical applications. As a result, making changes to the platform's specifications isn't a task to be undertaken lightly.

10 operating systems you've never heard of

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OS After a wave of operating system releases, it's easy to become somewhat bored with the software side of computing. We're going to look at 10 of the most intriguing open-source operating systems in this brave new world.

Great and Disappointing Operating Systems of the Decade

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OS Writing about the best and worst in operating system is like a crap magnet: I'm pressing the big red button.

Too early to declare victory in the netbook war

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Ubuntu It really doesn’t matter much whether the world’s netbook owners prefer Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux so why was Microsoft’s Windows communication manager Brandon LeBlanc so excited about his rather dubious sales statistics?

World's Largest Python Conference Comes to Atlanta

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PyCon 2009 drew nearly a thousand Python programmers from around the world, representing projects on all seven continents - including Antarctica! They gathered for serious learning, discussion, and strategizing... and for not-so-serious fun. PyCon 2010, the eighth annual conference of the Python programming community, promises even more.

10 OSes on the Move

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OS It's certainly been quite a decade in the world of enterprise operating systems: There have been some spectacular winners, like Linux, and few epic failures, like Microsoft Vista. With the end of the decade little more than two weeks away, now seems a good time to take a look at what the future might hold. So to mark the end of the Noughties and the start of the Tens here is a highly subjective list of 10 OSes that will (or in some cases won't) be making the news during the next 10 years.

Five Web-Centric Alternatives to Google Chrome OS

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Google Despite Google’s move into the operating system (OS) space, the idea of a primarily cloud-centric OS is nothing revolutionary. Some current offerings present welcome alternatives to mainstream operating systems, packing in useful features and making it easier to access your online content.

Also: Yet Another Funny Tshirt

What Chrome OS has on Windows that Linux doesn’t

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OS Google’s Chrome OS isn’t the first operating system to challenge Microsoft Windows’ commanding lead. But it’s got an advantage that other rivals such as Linux lacked: the Web.

Intent Is The Problem

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OS Of late, I keep banging into the problem that people want systems to be “secure by default”: they don’t want to pester the user about security. They want the system to just do the right thing. The problem is, this just isn’t possible.

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