Stories by Katherine Noyes

Is Android less secure than iPhone? Um, no.

One can only hope that security software provider Trend Micro saw a nice sales boost after the proclamation of its chairman earlier this week that Android phones are more vulnerable to hacking than iPhones are. If it didn't, those blatantly self-serving statements were made for nothing.

Written by Katherine Noyes14 Jan. 11 11:04

For an old or slow PC, try Puppy Linux 5.2

There's no doubt Canonical's popular Ubuntu Linux distribution gets the majority of attention in the Linux world these days, but there are myriad others equally worthy of consideration.

Written by Katherine Noyes12 Jan. 11 08:58

10 new open source projects to watch

One of the most exciting things about open-source software is the sheer diversity of projects that are always under way. Aiming to recognize some of the most promising of those projects, Black Duck Software on Friday announced its 2010 open-source "Rookies of the Year" list.

Written by Katherine Noyes11 Jan. 11 06:33

Ubuntu adds sparkle to Nufront laptops

Despite Linux's growing popularity, trade shows like CES tend to be dominated by Microsoft and other vendors of closed-source products.

Written by Katherine Noyes08 Jan. 11 06:51

Tablets getting tough for rugged conditions

All the world may be agog over the iPad and its Android-powered competitors, but a new class of tablets is emerging that's made of tougher stuff. They're rugged tablets, and they've been spotted both at CES and beyond.

Written by Katherine Noyes07 Jan. 11 08:03

Linux adds driver support for raft of devices

While much of the world's focus was on the Consumer Electronics Show Wednesday, Linux creator Linus Torvalds quietly released the next version of the Linux kernel.

Written by Katherine Noyes06 Jan. 11 12:43

7 predictions for Open Source in 2011

With Android, Ubuntu, and ARM set to shine, 2011 promises to be a banner year for open-source software.

Written by Katherine Noyes29 Dec. 10 11:24

'Do Not Track' coming to Firefox 4

Hard on the heels of Microsoft's decision to offer "do not track" functionality in its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 browser comes word that Mozilla is planning a similar move for its Firefox 4.

Written by Katherine Noyes22 Dec. 10 06:35

Smartphone Apps Are Betraying Us, Report Says

More than half of iPhone and Android apps routinely share the personal data of their users with outside companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

Written by Katherine Noyes21 Dec. 10 06:53

10 last-minute gift ideas for Linux geeks

It may be better to give than it is to receive, but that doesn't mean geeks the world over don't have virtual sugarplums dancing through their heads.

Written by Katherine Noyes20 Dec. 10 12:26

How Ubuntu Linux could help Google's CR-48 notebook

Google's Chrome operating system-based CR-48 notebook computer may be in just a select set of hands so far, but it's been generating plenty of media attention.

Written by Katherine Noyes17 Dec. 10 10:24

Top 10 Ubuntu ideas offer hint at what's to come

As part of its effort to involve the Ubuntu community in making its Linux distribution better, the Ubuntu Technical Board last week published a list of some of the most popular recent suggestions for inclusion in a future version of the open source operating system.

Written by Katherine Noyes15 Dec. 10 06:46