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Which Linux Distro Is Most Popular? Don’t Even Ask

Linux lacks any clear-cut system for determining which is the most popular or the best distribution, or which desktop environment is used more than others. That may be one of the major frustrations among Linux developers trying to spread the word about adopting the Linux desktop instead of Microsoft...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Federal Cloud Initiatives Starting to Take Shape

Three to five years in the information technology business may seem like a long time, so it may appear that U.S. government agencies have been pursuing cloud technology for ages; incipient projects began as far back as 2008. It was also more than two years ago that the White House initiated a progra...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

OpenGamma’s Kirk Wylie: Open Source Is Busting Out All Over

OpenGamma is the developer of the first open source analytics and risk management platform for the financial services industry. Its products help companies explore flexible open source alternatives to conventional and costly risk analytics tools. The OpenGamma Platform is a unified system for front ...

A Little Extra Digital Spend in the Online/TV Ad Mix Goes a Long Way

For the past several years, the money spent on online advertising has grown at the expense of other media platforms. That trend will probably continue, suggests a new report released Monday by the Interactive Advertising Bureau; it finds that brands will benefit from a 15 percent shift from the TV a...

HP Revives Its Tablet Strategy With a New Slate

HP, battered by its previous forays into the tablet category, tried again Monday with its announcement of a new 7-inch Android tablet, the HP Slate 7, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The device will be available in April for $169. The company's previous tries at tablet devices -- and mobi...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Hacks, Hijacks and Hunts for Chinese Data Thieves

Still smarting from a recent attack on its systems, Facebook started its week with a discovery by researchers at Bitdefender that an infected add-on at the Chrome Web Store was planting malware on its members' computers. The malware, among other things, was padding the Like counts on dummy Facebook ...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

And Now, Ubuntu for Tablets – Wait, What?

Six weeks have passed since Canonical's splashy debut of Ubuntu for phones, but for many here in the Linux blogosphere, the memory is still crystal-clear. It came as some surprise, then, to see follow-up news announced so soon afterward. Sure enough, just as many were counting down the final few day...

Sony’s PS4 Launch: Too Little Too Soon?

Sony unveiled its PlayStation 4 video game system this week -- sort of. It didn't display the console itself or reveal its physical dimensions and form factor. It also left unanswered a raft of questions about its capabilities. How compatible -- or incompatible -- will the PS4 be with Sony's current...

HP’s Less Crummy Than Expected Q1 Spurs Wishing, Hoping

After months of dismal news, HP had something positive to report to its shareholders: fiscal Q1 numbers that exceeded both Wall Street and company expectations. Granted, the bar was set exceedingly low for the company, which shocked investors last year with news that it would have to take an $8.8 bi...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Vendors Sound Off on Legislation Changing Federal IT Purchases

Information technology vendors who sell hardware and software to the federal market are keenly aware of significant flaws in the way government agencies purchase IT. An effort to reform IT procurement has been conducted by the Obama administration for the last two years -- with some improvement. Som...

Google Propels Chromebook Pixel Into a Blurry Future

Google on Thursday announced the Chromebook Pixel, a branded touchscreen netbook with a price tag that consumers may balk at, considering the cost of rival offerings. The Pixel will be available in WiFi-only and 4G LTE versions, priced at $1,300 and $1,450, respectively. That pricing might prove to ...

Sony Debuts PS4 With More Whimper Than Bang

Sony officially introduced its long-anticipated PlayStation 4 video game console at a media event in New York City on Wednesday. However, it merely showed off its new controller -- it didn't actually unveil the physical console, likely saving that newsworthy moment for the upcoming E3 in Los Angeles...

LINUX BLOG SAFARI

In Search of Linux’s Greatest Moment

There's no denying that Linux has had a lot of great moments since the turn of the millennium, and Linux Girl has done her best to highlight each and every one of them -- at least over the past six or so of those years. Recently, however, the question was the subject of a new poll that prompted vigo...

Microsoft Shoots for New Outlook.com Users by Targeting Less

Microsoft has made its new Outlook.com email service generally available, following six months of receiving and incorporating user feedback. The service is ready to scale to a billion people, the company said, and Hotmail users will be shifted over to form the core of that base. The preview attracte...

Google May Set Up Shop Around the Corner

Google may be planning to launch an ambitious brick-and-mortar retail operation to show off its consumer products. It will open standalone retail stores across the U.S. in time for the holidays, according to the latest rumor, to showcase its Nexus tablets, Chromebooks, Glass and other products. The ...

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