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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…
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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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.
iOS 8.1 is coming, and it brings with it Apple Pay, and closer integration with OS X Yosemite, the company's next-generation desktop operating system.
Apple's latest desktop operating system lands on existing and new iMacs and MacBooks for free. Also updated, the company's iWork productivity suite.
Back in the days of wooden ships and iron programmers, there was an operating system called CP/M. Now, after 30 years, you can finally download its source code. Plus, Gewirtz goes ancient geek and talks about language design in 1980.
The case for software defined networking and software defined operations as a necessary step toward DevOps.
This is likely to be Apple's last big product push before the holidays, and we expect to see new iPads, new Macs, and maybe even new iPods. Also, we should get more information, along with a release date, for OS X 10.10 'Yosemite.'
Microsoft has done a lot to simplify the server experience in Windows Server 2012 Essentials, which mixes both business and consumer features.
Microsoft offers us the first real glimpse of the upcoming Windows Phone 8 platform.
Apple unveiled OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" at WWDC in June. Set for a final release in fall, here's what you can expect to see in the next-generation operating system.
Apple unveiled iOS 6 at WWDC in June. Set for a final release in July, here's what you can expect to see in the next-generation mobile operating system.
As Windows Server 2012 nears the finishing line, here's an update on the look and feel of the Release Candidate.
Microsoft has ironed out many of Metro's rough edges in the Release Preview of Windows 8, and made it a lot easier to use with a keyboard and mouse.
Here's how new attempts to capture the desktop show the dreams of Linux are becoming closer to reality.
If you are more of the Debian persuasion, there's still a Linux Mint distribution for you.
The PC desktop has made significant strides, thanks in no small measure to open source and Linux, says Jack Wallen
With iOS 6 set to be announced at WWDC 2012 in June, what can we hope to see in the next-generation iPhone and iPad operating system?
Amazon is trying hard to catch up with Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive, but this new Windows and Mac app leaves its still staggering in the rear.
AT&T is the premier Windows Phone partner in the U.S. and in addition to the new Nokia Lumia 900 they launched the HTC Titan II. After testing out both of the devices, I have to say I like the HTC Titan II better than the Lumia 900.
Showcase center allows customers to "see, discuss and try" different Microsoft technologies before implementing them in their company, says Singapore managing director Jessica Tan.
A range of touchscreen monitors suitable for use with Windows 7 and for testing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
You don't need a complicated matrix to understand the differences between the base version of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. The Pro-only feature list is short and straightforward. Here's what to expect.
At the VMworld conference in San Francisco, VMware CEO Paul Maritz anticipates the changing role of the operating system. Maritz says that, increasingly, hardware coordination and software abstract services are moving to virtual layers and that the traditional OS is becoming just one component of the virtual framework.
At a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft's Robbie Bach and Derek Snyder unveil the Kin mobile phones. Based on the Windows 7 operating system, the new phones will have extensive social networking built in and will also be able to access the Zune music service.
At CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer takes the stage and highlights some of the key devices and technologies the company will be launching in the coming year. He demos a new slate PC from HP running Windows 7 as well as some new Windows Mobile phones. Robbie Bach, the company's president of Entertainment and Devices, also talks about Microsoft's plan for Natal and announces a ship date of Christmas 2010.
At Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Senior Product Manager Erick Tseng demos Google Earth for Android. The new app mirrors the Google Earth application on the desktop. The app also supports the voice features in Google Earth, searching for geographic locations like "Mount Fuji."
What were the top five stories that shaped 2009? From the launch of Microsoft's Windows 7 OS, to the departure and return of Steve Jobs to Apple, ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz share their views on the tech news that mattered most.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz discuss the new Droid phone set to release in early November. Diaz also previews the upcoming Salesforce.com conference and weighs in on whether consumers will buy Windows 7 during the holiday season.
At Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus, ZDNet's Sumi Das talks to Microsoft's chief environmental strategist, Rob Bernard, about power-saving features in the new Windows 7 operating system. Bernard says Microsoft made energy efficiency a core design element, with better battery optimization, and Bluetooth and DVD features that won't be activated until necessary.
ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das and senior editor Sam Diaz share the early word on the highly anticipated OS set for release in late October. Diaz also previews upcoming conferences, including CTIA, and considers the question where does Web 2.0 go from here?
Is an incompatible program or device standing between you and a Windows 7 upgrade? If you’re willing to pay for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition, you might be able to use a clever solution to fool that old code into running in the new OS. Windows XP Mode lets you run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine right on the Windows 7 desktop. ZDNet's Ed Bott provides a close-up look at how XP Mode works.
A terabyte here, a terabyte there, and pretty soon you're talking about some pretty serious information overload. It doesn't matter how well organized you are, once your collection of data files and other digital stuff gets big enough, you're going to need some help finding things. ZDNet's Ed Bott takes a closer look at the search tools in Windows 7 and shows you how you can use them to make your digital life a little more organized.
Sociologists say that multitasking has shortened our attention spans and made us more easily distracted than ever. Apparently it's a losing battle. With 4GB or more of memory in the standard Windows PC these days, it's possible to open dozens of windows at once. The challenge for Windows users is how to keep track of all those windows without losing focus. ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you how some new features in Windows 7 can help you multitask more effectively.
SUSE Linux 10 is a full Windows/Microsoft Office replacement on one DVD at a bargain price. Home users could do a lot worse, and even IT managers may learn to love it.
Microsoft has more to do on its new operating system, but this first beta suggests that Windows Vista will be up to par with Linux and Apple Mac OS X.
Significant performance, availability and feature enhancements make Solaris 10 an automatic choice for existing Sun customers. But as an alternative to Linux, it doesn’t yet deliver.
It may lack the high profile of other Linux distributions, but Mandrakelinux 10.1 is one of the easiest to get to grips with -- if not the easiest of the lot. This new release also has lots to offer both novices and experts alike.
This is a significant update, with important scalability and management enhancements positioning it ahead of the competition, and as a rival to Microsoft's latest Windows Server 2003 product.
If you’re looking for relatively straightforward Linux-based office productivity, you should have few problems with this distribution.
Microsoft's Windows Services for Unix will be most useful if you've already made the decision to switch platforms. This free download will also make life easier for Unix experts who need to use a Windows desktop system.
Windows XP SP2 Introduction Improved network protection Memory overflow protection Safer e-mail handling More secure Internet browsing Improved Windows Update Requirements Conclusions Screenshots The forthcoming Service Pack 2 for Windows XP is actually a significant upgrade for Microsoft's OS, delivering much-needed security enhancements.
LindowsOS 4.0 remains the easiest Linux distribution around, but its software subscription scheme can get pricey. We'd also prefer more bundled applications.
If your living space is restricted, Windows XP Media Center Edition lets you watch and record TV on your PC.
Can you use a Linux system successfully in a Windows-dominated environment? That's what SuSE's Linux Desktop is designed to facilitate. We find that you can, although there are plenty of glitches to iron out.
Red Hat 9 is a boon for those who already use it, but it's too expensive to warrant a switch from Windows. Try SuSE (or the free version of Red Hat) for a better mix of price and features.
Mandrake Linux 9.1 is in virtual lockstep with Red Hat and SuSE, but offers cleaner fonts and support for partitioning NTFS drives.
Red Hat remains a solid Linux contender, but Windows switchers or dual-booters should choose SuSE for its easier installation.
SuSE Linux 8.1 is an extremely friendly choice for Windows users. If you're switching or dual-booting, make this distribution your first choice.
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