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LinuxMint 15 delivers smooth alternative to Ubuntu

The crafters of the LinuxMint distro are in a ticklish position. Mint is based on Ubuntu, which in turn, is based on Debian, which in turn, has the moveable feast of the Linux kernel as its underpinning. All three have changed underneath LinuxMint, but LinuxMint 15 pulls off a new cut without missing a step (save a missing KDE version).
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Operating Systems

Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

With the Unity design aesthetic allied to a speedy and robust engine, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail may just be the one Linux OS to rule them all. Read our Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail review to find out why.
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Operating Systems

Windows 8.1: the return of the Start button

We look at the updates in Windows 8.1, including the new Start button, customisation options and new features. Is Windows 8.1 – also known as Windows Blue – any good? Read on to find out.
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Operating Systems

GNOME 2 Linux review

It seems fair to say that Linux users enjoy a degree of choice that's unmatched by the proprietary players in the PC and laptop world, what with the wide variety of both distributions and desktop environments from which they can choose. For that reason, it's all the more striking when large numbers of users express a marked preference for the same thing. Case in point? GNOME 2.
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Operating Systems

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal review

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal is a landmark release from Canonical, just understand your privacy rights over third-party access to your .search terms
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Operating Systems

Windows 8: The official review

Reviewing an operating system is an odd endeavour, because people don't really use operating systems; they use applications. The idea of a single-platform operating system is less relevant now than it was just a few years ago. These days we have "ecosystems" Microsoft, Apple, or Google, take your pick.
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Virtualisation

Review: Microsoft targets virtualisation with Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 combo

Much of the attention being paid to this week's Windows 8 launch focuses on the new Metro-style interface and the fact that Microsoft is extending its desktop OS to tablets and smartphones. But for enterprises, the real story is the way Microsoft has integrated Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and the Hyper-V hypervisor to create an unmatched system for running virtualised environments.
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Operating Systems

Chrome OS review

The latest version of the Chrome OS adds some of the features of a more traditional OS: a file manager (hooray!), a desktop and the ability to use storage connected through a USB port. Google's Cloud Print system even makes it fairly easy to print.
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Operating Systems

Windows 8 consumer preview

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is only just becoming available to the public, but we’ve had the opportunity to use it for a few days on a Samsung slate nearly identical to the one we sampled at the BUILD conference for developers last year. While the device we’re using is nearly the same, the operating system itself has undergone a lot of refinement since our initial report last September.
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Operating Systems

Apple OS X Mountain Lion preview

Here's our first look at Apple's next major update to OS X. Our Apple OS X Mountain Lion review shows the Mac operating system gaining even more iPad features.
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