Operating Systems

Review: Docker Swarm soars, and the sky's the limit

It's a well-known fact that deploying and managing anything at scale is hard. Docker is no different. However, the engineers at Docker recognize this and are working on three products to help: Docker Machine, Docker Compose, and Docker Swarm.

By Nigel Poulton | 23 April, 2015 20:06

Tags: Linux, Docker, swarm, software, operating systems

First look: Project Spartan, Microsoft's next-generation Web browser

Microsoft's faster release schedule for its Windows 10 Technical Preview kicked into high gear yesterday with the release of another build a mere 12 days after 10041. This time, with build 10049, Microsoft has added one of Windows 10's major new features: its next-generation Web browser.

By Simon Bisson | 31 March, 2015 21:08

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

First look: Microsoft's Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview

The first glance at the future of Office for Windows is here, in the form of the Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview. It's the initial public iteration of the suite that will be released sometime in the second half of 2015, so at this point it's very much a work in progress.

By Preston Gralla | 27 March, 2015 05:50

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems, e3

Break me if you can: 4 rugged tablets put to the test

It's a cruel world out there for tablets: Every day, there's the possibility they will be dropped, knocked, spilled on or just shaken around. And that's just in a normal business day -- if you use your tablet outdoors, while traveling or in a work zone, the odds of a disaster go up precipitously.

By Brian Nadel | 03 March, 2015 22:35

Tags: consumer electronics, Panasonic, smartphones, Windows, hardware systems, Android, tablets, software, operating systems, Line

Windows 10 deep-dive review: Finally, a unified operating system

The second preview release of Windows 10 begins to flesh out Microsoft's vision of an operating system that bridges the gap between traditional PCs and touch-based tablets -- something it failed at dismally in Windows 8. More than that, the new release reveals a single operating system that shape-shifts according to the device it's running on, be that a PC, a tablet or a phone.

By Preston Gralla | 29 January, 2015 22:38

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

CentOS 7: The perfect gift for the Linux do-it-yourselfer

Although differentiation is tough in Linux distributions today, CentOS 7 has carved out a niche as the free and open alter ego to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). We found that CentOS, which is mandated to be binary-compatible with Red Hat 7, shares about 95% of the features of its commercial enterprise-class sibling.

By Tom Henderson | 22 December, 2014 22:09

Tags: CoreOS, Linux, IBM, software, Red Hat, operating systems, ubuntu

CoreOS: A lean, mean virtualization machine

CoreOS is a slimmed-down Linux distribution designed for easy creation of lots of OS instances. We like the concept.

By Tom Henderson | 03 November, 2014 22:07

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Linux, Open Source Subnet, software, Red Hat, operating systems, ubuntu, rackspace, CoreOS, Docker, Google

Yosemite deep-dive review: OS X 10.10 gets ready for the big time

OS X 10.10, otherwise known as Yosemite, is the 11th iteration of the operating system that powers the desktops and laptops created by Apple. This update, expected to be released later today, marks the second version of OS X whose code name is based on a California location instead of a species of cat -- and the second time Apple has let loose a major update for free.

By Michael deAgonia | 16 October, 2014 23:36

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, Mac OS X, software, operating systems, Yosemite

Windows 10 Technical Preview deep-dive: A promise of better things to come

It's been nearly a week since Microsoft announced that it will follow Windows 8.1 with Windows 10 -- and released its Technical Preview so that those interested could take a first look at the new operating system. Since then I've been exploring the new OS, alongside the sparse documentation Microsoft has released.

By Simon Bisson | 10 October, 2014 21:36

Tags: myer, Tesla, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

The best new features in Windows Server 10 (so far)

Alongside Microsoft's Oct. 1 release of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, the company offered early previews of the next iteration of Windows Server and System Center. With final releases not expected until the summer of 2015, these extremely early technical previews are a marked departure from the norm for Microsoft. Far from being feature complete or even stable, the Windows Server Technical Preview nevertheless presents a way to become familiar with new features coming down the pike, and to put the UI changes through their paces.

By Tim Ferrill | 08 October, 2014 21:06

Tags: windows server, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

4 Windows tablet/keyboard combos take on the Surface Pro

Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 has gotten a lot of attention as a way to bridge the gap between tablets and traditional notebooks. Its snap-on keyboard and pull-out rear stand tries to offer the best of both worlds, but with a 12-in. screen and weighing 1.8 lbs. (without its keyboard cover), the Surface Pro is not as light as it could be, particularly for nomadic workers. And starting at $800 for a system equipped with an Intel i3 with 64GB plus $130 for the Type Cover, it is not an inexpensive system.

By Brian Nadel | 16 September, 2014 20:09

Tags: Windows, hardware systems, toshiba, tablets, software, Lenovo, operating systems, intel, acer, HP, Windows 8, Microsoft

Review: RHEL 7 lands with a jolt

There's a lot to like in the next Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but some fundamental changes may prove problematic

By Paul Venezia | 28 August, 2014 00:19

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Linux, hardware systems, fedora, software, Red Hat, Data Center, operating systems

A review of Swing Copters: Under no circumstances should you play this game

Mercifully, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen pulled his simple, addictive and fiendishly difficult twitch game from the Android and iOS marketplaces after it exploded in popularity earlier this year, but he's back with a new assault on your attention span: Swing Copters.

By Jon Gold | 22 August, 2014 04:10

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft, ios, smartphones, Android, software, operating systems, mobile apps

Hands on: OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta shows off a new look and features

The beta of Apple's latest operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, promises a sparkling new design and some very useful features.

By Michael deAgonia | 30 July, 2014 03:02

Tags: Apple, software, Mac OS X

Review: Dell XPS 15 Touch is the best Windows laptop ever

Dell's big, fast, 15-inch flagship laptop and its amazing touchscreen give the MacBook Pro Retina a run for its money

By Woody Leonhard | 11 July, 2014 20:03

Tags: Laptop PCs, Dell, computer hardware, Microsoft Windows, nvidia, software, operating systems, GT, intel

First look: Apple's Swift is simple, at first

Swift's clean and modern syntax makes it quick and easy to get started, but mastering this new language will take a while

By Peter Wayner | 25 June, 2014 20:07

Tags: Mobile Development, application development, ios, objective, Mac OS X, software, operating systems, Development tools, Apple, mobile technology, Google, Microsoft

Surface Pro 3 deep-dive review: Has Microsoft finally got it right?

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 is supposed to work as both a tablet and a laptop. After working with it for a week, does our reviewer agree?

By Preston Gralla | 30 May, 2014 20:40

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, hardware systems, tablets, software, laptops, operating systems

Review: HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 scores with snazzy trackpad

HP's buttoned-down EliteBook Folio 1040 has a lot going for it -- especially the multitouch, pressure-controlled Synaptics ForcePad

By Woody Leonhard | 23 May, 2014 20:05

Tags: HP, Laptop PCs, computer hardware, Microsoft Windows, software, operating systems, intel

Tails 1.0: A bootable Linux distro that protects your privacy

Whatever your primary OS, Linux distro Tails 1.0 offers a plethora of security features to help you work online without worrying about privacy issues.

By Carla Schroder | 10 May, 2014 05:48

Tags: Linux and Unix, security, privacy

5 Twitter clients for Linux

Linux users who want to avoid browser-based Twitter apps can try out these five local clients -- including one that still uses a command-line interface.

By Himanshu Arora | 09 May, 2014 21:12

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Linux and Unix, Desktop Apps, twitter, internet, social media, GT, Vasco, ubuntu

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