Past cloud-based operating systems hint at Google Chrome’s approach

In the world of computer technology, we're used to systems loaded with either a Mac OS or a Windows OS. What will Google's newfangled, Linux-kerneled Chrome OS bring to the table?Luckily, we can

Published on: July 24th, 2009 Sarah Jacobsson and Patrick Miller

VirtualBox a smooth and easy way to run multiple operating systems

Whether you prefer Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X, you can probably get almost everything you need done with your chosen OS. However, sometimes a task demands an OS that you are not

Published on: July 21st, 2009 Steven Vaughan-Nichols

25 best free software apps for 2009

When big companies release new software, they launch it with lots of hoopla: press tours, technical conferences, free T-shirts. Open-source projects, even the well-known ones, generally release their major new versions with a

Published on: June 9th, 2009 Esther Schindler

After 40 years Unix losing lustre, but its legacy will endure

Forty years ago this summer, a programmer sat down and knocked out in one month what would become one of the most important pieces of software ever created.In August 1969, Ken Thompson, a

Published on: June 8th, 2009 Gary Anthes

Requiem for Redmond – Free software will kill Microsoft, says former staffer

Bill Gates probably will not sing the praises of Keith Curtis, a programmer with Microsoft for 11 years who's now left the fold and written a book about why the Redmond way will

Published on: May 25th, 2009

Microsoft faces tough competition in netbook sales

Netbook has become as trendy a word as "cloud" and analysts predict sales are will grow 65 percent this year from 2008's totals. But the netbook pricing game is getting complicated as OEMs

Published on: April 7th, 2009

Net Profit

With the some of the most recognized names in the high-tech industry -- Intel, Arm, Microsoft, Linux, Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, and many more --hyping netbooks as the next big thing, InfoWorld decided

Published on: February 19th, 2009 Ephraim Schwartz

Will Windows 7 oust Linux on Netbooks?

Possibly Microsoft's most important strategic goal for Windows 7, in addition to redeeming the brand damage done by Windows Vista, is to dominate netbooks, now the fastest selling segment of the PC market.

Published on: January 27th, 2009 Jeff Radecki

A complete beginner’s guide to Ubuntu Linux

Getting started with Linux can be an intimidating task, particularly for people who have never tried any operating system besides Windows. In truth, however, very little about Linux is actually difficult to use.

Published on: January 27th, 2009 Neil McAllister

Freeloading on a two-week Linux diet

It's one of those perennial age-old battles that can never be resolved. Coke or Pepsi? Chocolate or vanilla? Linux or Windows? I've been in the trenches of those wars for years. I've written

Published on: January 22nd, 2009 Preston Gralla

Four expert tips on installing new Linux apps

Sooner or later, we all end up installing new software on our computers. Whether it's a new version of Firefox, or a cool game, or a video editing package, there comes a time

Published on: September 29th, 2008 James Turner

How to set up a virtual machine

It's great to have multiple computers. On the first of them, you can install a database or crunch spreadsheets. On another, you can simply browse the Web, listen to music, and check your

Published on: September 15th, 2008 Scott Spanbauer

Chrome Alone

Google Inc. ended one of the Web's longest-running rumors today when it released Chrome, a Web browser it's been working on for the last two years.But while Tuesday's news was all over the

Published on: September 3rd, 2008 Gregg Keizer

20 features that will turbo-charge your Windows PC – Part 4

Here's the final instalment of our comprehensive feature on new capabilities you can add to your Windows PC to make your experience on it both exciting and profitable. And while you're about it

Published on: September 2nd, 2008 Robert Strohmeyer