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Will Windows 7 boot faster than Vista? Don't bet on it

As operating systems have become more complex, boot times seem to have consistently gone up. One of Microsoft's big claims for Windows Vista was that boot time would be better than XP, but the real-world results ended up disappointing. So again, Microsoft is claiming that Windows 7 will boot faster than Vista. Unfortunately, Iolo, a company that sells tune-up software for Windows machines, has...

Timeline: operating system progress while GMail was in beta

At long last, GMail is out of beta! Five long years it's been, which seems like an awfully long time for something to keep a beta tag. That got me thinking... Why not take a look at Wikipedia's operating systems timeline and see what changes happened in the world of desktop OSes over the same period. It sure seems like plenty has changed since 2004, so I headed over to TimeRime and starting...

StatCounter data shows Windows 7 pre-release use closing in on Linux

With the release of Ubuntu 9.04 and developments like Moblin and HP's MIE creating quite stir, plenty of people were saying that 2009 would be 'the year of Linux on the desktop.' Not that the statement hasn't been made before, but there appeared to be some real momentum this time around. Enter the Windows 7 RC. A quick look at StatCounter's most recent data shows Linux use at .71% and...

20 awesome free OS downloads that aren't Windows 7

For the last few days, Windows 7 is just about the only OS anyone has been talking about. I figured it was high time for us to share the love and take a look at some other interesting free, downloadable operating systems. Here's a collection of 20 that are worth checking out. There are plenty more, so if you'd like to add your favorites, share them in the comments! Fedora 10 (pictured) - One of...

Windows XP gets another stay of execution

Windows XP, also known as the operating system that will not die, looks like it could be around a bit longer, making it just a bit more likely that you can upgrade directly from Windows XP to Windows 7 in a year or two and skip Windows Vista altogether. Microsoft instructed retailers to stop selling copies of the operating system to consumers this summer. But there's a loophole that lets customers...

Xandros buys Linspire

Xandros isn't exactly a household name, but the little Linux distribution struck it big (well, biggish anyway) last year when Asus decided to slap a customized version of the operating system on its uber-popular Eee PC laptop lineup. And now Xandros appears to be flexing its muscles a bit. The company this week announced that it has purchased Linspire, the company behind the Linspire and...

As June 30th approaches, are you stocking up on Windows XP licenses?

Microsoft may be cutting off Windows XP sales on June 30th, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to walk into a store and pick up a PC running the venerable operating system over the July 4th holiday weekend. That's because there are a whole bunch of loopholes in the cutoff date. PC World has a rundown, but here's an overview: If you're a PC maker with a bunch of Windows XP licenses lying...

Red Hat to focus on enterprise market, not consumer Linux

Once upon a time when you mentioned Linux to non-Linux users, the first thing they thought of was Red Hat. That's because the company was one of the first and most successful to get its desktop Linux onto retail shelves. But in a blog post today, the Red Hat team notes that they will not be working on a consumer version of their Linux product in the foreseeable future, instead focusing on...