Articles about Operating Systems
Here's my take on Computer Aided INvestigative Environment - a Linux-based, UEFI-compatible LIVE USB/DVD digital forensic system.
A new release of this nice, compact KDE distribution - and some notes about installing it on one of my UEFI systems.
Apple has issued the first patch for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, fixing, among other things, a pervasive and frustrating bug that affected Wi-Fi connectivity for some Mac users.
Windows 7 is more than five years old. Most of the cheap upgrade offers that were available when it was fresh and new are long gone. But if you prefer the familiar Windows 7 interface (or need it for testing and evaluation) you can still find great deals. Here are all the details you need.
If you are running a Mac that uses a third-party SSD with TRIM enabled, then upgrading to OS X 10.10 Yosemite will leave you in a world of hurt as Apple drops support for third-party SSDs.
Improvements to iCloud and Apple's bundled apps are welcome, but Yosemite's introduction is marred by erratic wi-fi support.
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Monthly reports from two big analytics firms have become a staple of tech journalism recently. Two anomalies in this month's reports make the case for data skeptics. Did XP usage suddenly plunge last month? And is a Chinese web browser really taking off in the U.S.?
It has been a year since the last openSuSE release. Has it been worth the wait?
A little more than two weeks following its release, OS X 10.10 Yosemite is now installed on 20 percent of Mac systems.
End of retail sales for Windows 8 coincides with end of sales of consumer versions of Windows 7 on new PCs.
Use of Windows XP fell dramatically last month, while use of Windows 8.1 grew dramatically, according to Net Applications' numbers published at Netmarketshare.com. Is this a fact, an erroneous blip, or a historical correction? You decide…
More bells and whistles than a traveling circus, this is a completely over-the-top Linux distribution.
Mozilla is angling for Firefox OS to have a place alongside Raspbian as a tool for teaching and bringing web programming to robotics and drones.
David Gewirtz presents six questions that will help you make a carefully considered upgrade decision. Make sure you think before you click.
I've been looking at pre-release versions of these three distributions. With final releases due in the next few days or weeks, they are shaping up very nicely.
Research operating systems aren't designed to replace Windows, or even create features for Windows; they're for research.
The Live image is Secure Boot compatible, but the installed system is not?
XP will be falling off the Microsoft support wagon within a year, and Windows 8 is, ah, unattractive. Here are the best of your alternative choices.
Here's my experience of installing Fedora 18 with UEFI Secure Boot - and why the much-maligned anaconda installer is not as bad as a lot of people think.
A step-by-step screenshot walk-through of how I installed Linux on a system with UEFI BIOS and Secure Boot.
A number of interesting new Linux releases are due out in the next few days or weeks. Here's a quick overview of some of them.
Cinnamon, Xfce, LXDM and more comments on anaconda: the fun never stops!
Much anticipated, Fedora 18, otherwise known as 'Spherical Cow' has finally arrived - here's what to expect.
All the Linux Mint Editions have arrived just in time for the holidays - Linux Mint 14 (Nadia) with Cinnamon, MATE, KDE and Xfce dekstops, and Linux Mint Debian Edition Update Pack 6 with Cinnamon and MATE desktops.
Join me for the "first" computer Christmas season: when PCs cost thousands of dollars, hard-drives boasted of having megabytes of storage, and connecting to the Internet happened at 1,200 bits per second.
The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is ready for your inspection.
Nowadays, you have the choice of only one prominent phone design: the 'patented' slate-like touch-screen smartphone. But ten years ago, Nokia mobile devices were diverse, innovative and in some cases downright strange in order to meet consumer demand.
Server Manager, the admin console for Microsoft's latest server OS, has a modern-style GUI, and is a one-stop shop for managing devices, tools and services.
Windows 8 Enterprise includes the tools needed to make a Windows To Go USB drive. Here's how it's done.
The RTM release of Windows 8 Enterprise, which is designed for corporate deployments, shows off a few recent UI tweaks.
Microsoft has done a lot to simplify the server experience in Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which mixes both business and consumer features.
At the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, Fla., Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks to analysts about the possibility of a Windows Phone 7 tablet.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs and Vice President Craig Federighi offer a look at Lion, the next version of Mac OS X. The demo shows a new feature called Mission Control, which combines the Expose, Dashboard, and Spaces applications of OS X with full-screen apps. The new operating system is due to ship in summer 2011.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially introduces Windows Phone 7 at a press event in New York City. Microsoft's latest mobile foray showcases nearly every development group within the company, from Bing search to Xbox gaming, to Zune media streaming to Office business content creation.
At mediabistro.com's Think Mobile conference in San Francisco, Microsoft evangelist, Joel Franusic talks about new functionality users can expect with the Windows phone 7. Franusic discusses the new interface, Office updates, and game development features.
At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Dell's Dave Zavelson shows off the company's new 10-inch Windows 7 tablet. Its standout feature is the ability to open up the case, flip the screen, and then convert it into a laptop design. The tablet will be available later this year.
Snow Leopard Server includes major updates to some of the OS's core components and is now fully 64-bit. Ease of use, plus simple and affordable licensing make OS X a viable alternative to Microsoft's Windows Server 2008, although we had problems with one or two features.
This is an impressive update to Microsoft's Small Business Server that packs a big punch. However, it may be overkill for a lot of companies and isn't quite as easy to manage as it first appears.
The desktop is dead, long live the thin client desktop. Following the trend of migrating applications into the datacentre, thin clients have become increasingly popular. We found HP's first mobile thin client to be a reliable system at a reasonable price.
The latest version of Mandriva is a competent and well-implemented desktop release with lots to commend it to those with some Linux know-how.
Hardy Heron is an incremental set of advances on earlier versions, but all the advances are in the right direction. Unfortunately, a known and unfixed bug means we can't currently recommend it for enterprise use.
Windows Server 2008 is easier to install and manage than previous versions, and has many new and improved features that should encourage organisations to upgrade.
Although it's not a massive jump from the previous version, Ubuntu 7.10 is slightly more usable if you're more accustomed to Windows, and is now better at co-existing with Windows on the same machine.
Production-quality XenSource virtualisation is the main selling point here, with optional clustering and storage virtualisation to go with it. But there’s a lot more besides, making the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux a compelling solution for businesses of all sizes.
Mandriva Flash gives you a well-stocked and flexible Linux distribution in an extremely portable and secure USB flash drive format. If you're confident of finding a host system that you can reboot on your travels, this could be all the computer you need.
Ubuntu is a powerful, free, ready-to-run desktop Linux distribution that's eminently suitable for mainstream use. Although the complexities of the system impose a steep learning curve on Windows users who plan to support an installation themselves, our experiences with version 6.06 LTS suggest that this is manageable.
This distribution delivers the latest Linux gizmos in an easy-to-install package. It's aimed at enthusiasts and developers, and is not for novices; nor is it something you’d want to run your business on.
Ubuntu is a well integrated, practical and absolutely free Linux distribution. There may be worries about support, but the Canonical organisation is building a good reputation and the head of steam in the wider Ubuntu community should provide decent local support from third parties, too.
If you manage a lot of corporate desktops, then Novell's Linux Desktop is well worth a look -- particularly if you're happy with ZENworks. Linux pricing and Novell's corporate-style support could make this a useful option for business.
Mandriva occupies the middle ground between consumer-focused and business-orientated Linux distributions. It's generally well put together, but lacks some details.
Businesses that need to support a reasonable number (>10) of Linux PCs may find that Red Hat Desktop 4 delivers an attractive total cost of ownership (TCO).