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It's time to split Linux distros in two

Desktop workloads and server workloads have different needs. Why address them in the same distribution?


How Red Hat can catch the developer train

Developers are embracing a range of open source technologies, virtually none supported or sold by Red Hat. Can the open source giant recover?

Firefox OS to outdo Android with granular application permissions

Starting with Firefox OS 2.1, users will reap privacy and security benefits by being able to control application-specific permissions

10 things you need to know about Microsoft's Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 sports some impressive capabilities. Here's the scoop on its software to its performance to its sound and camera

Relive six decades of the computer desktop's changing face

This trip down memory lane traces major milestones in the evolution of the desktop environment

Psych! Microsoft didn't really open-source MS-DOS

Look all you want, but don't think about touching Microsoft's source code for MS-DOS v1.1/v2.0 and Microsoft Word v1.1a

Oracle broadens legal fight against third-party Solaris support providers

StratisCom is the latest provider to be named in an Oracle lawsuit

Technology of the Year 2014: The best hardware, software, and cloud services

InfoWorld's 2014 Technology of the Year Award winners recognize the best tools and technologies for developers, IT pros, and businesses

Xen Mirage: The less-is-more cloud OS

Mirage provides an OS pared to its barest essentials for cloud operations, but its dependency on OCaml language may limit its utility

Midori and M#: Microsoft's open source bridge to better security?

Speculation about Microsoft's M# language is wide-ranging, but it may be the foundation to a secure, non-Windows OS

Massively upgraded FreeBSD 10 to be released next week

Latest version of the OS brings in Clang/LLVM, Hyper-V support, ARM additions, and compatibility with the Raspberry Pi

Samsung's takes baby steps in touting Tizen OS to developers

Open source OS is viewed as a cross-platform opportunity, and an example that Samsung isn't fully dependent on Android

Firefox OS 1.1 needs more of a boost to soar

Mozilla's contender for the budget mobile space claims performance boosts and new features, but is still missing too much

HP to end support for OpenVMS

An operating system that won much praise for its reliability and break-through features could soon shuffle away

Despite Schmidt comments, merger of Chrome OS, Android still possible, analyst says

The appointment of Chrome chief Sundar Pichai to succeed Andy Rubin also seen as a clue to Google's plans

Four new mobile OSes -- caught on tape!

Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch, Tizen, and Sailfish made a splash at Mobile World Congress. The mobile race just got a lot more interesting

The best hardware, software, and cloud services of the year

InfoWorld's 2013 Technology of the Year Award winners stretch from devices and desktops to data centers and beyond

InfoWorld's 2013 Technology of the Year Award winners

The InfoWorld Test Center picks the best hardware, software, development tools, and cloud services of the year

Unhappy with Windows 8? Here are your options

If you're having a rough time with your new Windows 8 computer, you have several options to smooth the ride

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