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HowTos
  • How to Multitask at the Linux Command Line with Screen
  • Mandriva 2011 – How to ‘pin’ applications to the panel
  • Microsoft Windows – Promoting Mediocrity Since 1985
  • Dropbox snuffs open code that bypassed file-sharing controls
  • A new Linux desktop appeal
  • SandForce 1222 SSD Testing – Part 2: Initial IOPS Results
  • OpenDungeons 0.4.8 Released
  • Is Linux In Trouble, or Is It Just Something About East Texas?
  • Dell Does it Again
  • The Board 0.1.3 Released
  • FLOSS Weekly 163: OpenCSW
  • Know your History - At least in Bash
  • Fire Up Your Electrons!
  • Ubuntu 11.04 Review, Screenshots Tour and Videos
  • Revenge of the Titans Source
  • Thinstation – It’s so powerful yet Open Source!
  • Do You Know of Any Sabayon Derivatives?
  • Open source Hadoop engineers may spin off from Yahoo!

Windows still rules OS roost, but Linux and Mac growing faster, says Gartner

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linuxfordevices.com: The worldwide market for operating system software grew nearly eight percent to $30.4 billion in 2010, led by Microsoft Windows with 78.6 percent market share, says Gartner. Yet Linux was the fastest growing server OS, and Apple's Mac OS had the fastest growth on the desktop.

Can’t pick an OS? Always Innovating pushes triple-boot Android, Chrome, Ubuntu

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liliputing.com: The software is called Super-Jumbo, and for good reason. Basically it’s a single disk image which combines four operating systems: Google Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.10, Google Chromium OS, and AIOS.

Why no Operating System will Ever be Good Enough

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ghacks.net: The sheer volume of excitement about Windows 8 has taken me quite by surprise with more leaks than we ever saw with Vista or Windows 7 in the same time-frame. The excitement and hype easily matches that of Google’s Chrome OS. So why do I have this bad feeling in the pit of my stomach?

Why Unix Is Superior

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pthree.org: Quick post, outlining what I think makes the Unix family of operating systems superior, including “unix-like” operating systems such as GNU/Linux, BSD, and others.

ReactOS 0.3.13 Brings Lots Of Improvements

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phoronix.com: ReactOS, the free software operating system that aims to be binary compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2003 while being completely written from scratch, has a new release out.

Ubuntu 10.10 Vs Windows 7 Vs Mac OS X 10.6

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expertreviews.co.uk: The new Expert Reviews benchmarks, which can be downloaded for free, are designed to be run natively on Windows 7, Ubuntu 10.10 (a Linux distribution) and Mac OS X, so we decided to find out which operating system is the fastest.

10 best alternative operating systems

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techradar.com: Right now, someone, somewhere is developing the killer operating system feature of the future. We'll look at the best alternative operating systems, with the potential to change the computing landscape over the next decade. There's only one rule - no Microsoft, Apple or Linux.

Doesn't anyone love Unix anymore?

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itworld.com: IDC's newest survey of server vendors shows boxes running every kind of operating system – except Unix -- sold more during the last three months of 2010, even mainframes.

The History Of Operating Systems [INFOGRAPHIC]

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makeuseof.com: Have you ever wondered how your favourite operating system got started? Well wonder no more as the following infographic gives you all the necessary facts, going all the way back to the very first OS back in the 1950′s.

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Ofcom blesses Linux-powered, open source DIY radio ‘revolution’

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