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Windows continues to dominate PC shares with 8 on the upswing

Windows continues to dominate PC shares with 8 on the upswing

This week the latest NetMarketShare report has been revealed, showing Windows to continue to dominate PC operating system shares in general, with Windows 8 coming up slowly but steadily. In the information presented today, you'll find that back when Windows 8 was released - back at the tail-end of 2012, not that long ago - the one operating system here that did not take a significant downward turn (or continue to lose popularity), was Apple's own OS X. That said, Windows 7's overtake of Windows XP back several months before Windows 8 arrived places it in the coveted "trusted by businesses" category - Windows 8 doesn't seem to have gained that badge quite yet.

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Microsoft under fire in Europe for locking out Linux

Microsoft under fire in Europe for locking out Linux

In an interesting series of events, Microsoft is being accused of preventing Windows 8 users from installing Linux or other operating systems. A Spanish advocacy group that represents various open source software, has filed a complaint with the European Union, saying that the Microsoft's method for blocking Linux-based operating systems is "a de facto technological jail."

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Google Chrome updated on Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android

Google Chrome updated on Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android

Today is a big day for Google's Chrome web browser. It received an update on four major platforms, including Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. While Windows and Linux users aren't getting huge updates for their versions of Chrome, both iOS and Android are getting their own new features that they'll definitely enjoy.

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Ubuntu for tablets unveiled, coming to Nexus devices this Thursday

Ubuntu for tablets unveiled, coming to Nexus devices this Thursday

Early last month, Canonical announced the Ubuntu OS for smartphones, which will be coming later this year in October as opposed to the initial timeline of a 2014 release. However, we still haven't heard a word about a tablet OS until now. Canonical unveiled the tablet version of Ubuntu today during the same time as HTC's event, and while the news might have gotten drowned out by the new HTC One smartphone, open-source fanatics are no doubt excited for a tablet version of Ubuntu.

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Steam for Linux available now

Steam for Linux available now

Today Valve has announced that the Steam client for Linux is now available. The app is now available for download through the Ubuntu Software Center, and of course, as with all major announcements on Steam, the gaming service is holding a week-long sale on 50 Linux games for up to 75% off of their normal price.

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Ubuntu mobile OS announced, coming to phones in 2014

Ubuntu mobile OS announced, coming to phones in 2014

As teased yesterday, Canonical unveiled its latest Ubuntu project by announcing a mobile version of Ubuntu, which is actually built around the existing Android kernel and drivers, but doesn't use a Java Virtual Machine. The company has made the OS compatible on both ARM and x86 devices, and says that the new platform will use "the full power of the phone" when it eventually hits the market.

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Ubuntu countdown teaser hints at touch support

Ubuntu countdown teaser hints at touch support

If you direct your web browser to Ubuntu's homepage, you'll be greeted with a countdown with the words, "So close, you can almost touch it." The countdown looks like it's set to expire tomorrow, January 2, which is when we could see an announcement from Canonical about a possible touch-based operating system.

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The Basement Collection, Cave Story+ added to Humble Indie Bundle 7

The Basement Collection, Cave Story+ added to Humble Indie Bundle 7

The Humble Indie Bundle 7 has been available for a week now, so that must mean it's time for new games. Sure enough, a trio of indie gems has joined the already stellar Humble Bundle, bringing the total number of games on offer up to nine. The offer doesn't just stop at games though, as Indie Game: The Movie and nine different soundtracks are also included in the bundle.

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Steam for Linux beta opens to the public

Steam for Linux beta opens to the public

On November 6, Steam for Linux was launched to a limited number of users who signed up and received an invitation. Now Linux gamers can rejoice: Valve opened the beta up to the general public this evening, giving anyone who wants to test it access to the Linux client. In addition, there's now an installer package repository as well.

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THQ considering Linux support for future releases

THQ considering Linux support for future releases

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks (or just don't like video games all that much), then you should be familiar with the Humble THQ Bundle. THQ brought some triple-A flavor to the traditionally indie-centric bundle, allowing customers to name their own price on a bundle of games that included Saints Row: The Third, Darksiders, and Metro 2033. The bundle made over $5 million dollars in just two weeks, so in short, it was a smashing success.

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PengPod and PengStick available for pre-order, will begin shipping in early 2013

PengPod and PengStick available for pre-order, will begin shipping in early 2013

The PengPod and PengStick have been floating around for a few weeks, with an Indiegogo crowdfunding expenditure seeking $49,000 in funding. The company has exceeded that number, garnering in excess of $79,000. Now that the goal was hit, the devices are available for pre-order, with shipping starting in January 2013.

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Nokia seeks Linux engineer, Android crowd goes wild

Nokia seeks Linux engineer, Android crowd goes wild

A Nokia job listing [since taken down] has been discovered seeking a Senior Engineer with Linux expertise, rather than Windows Phone experience, this leading the Android masses to have a freak-out-festival about the possibilities of a Google OS Nokia device. At the moment it's a nearly all-Microsoft party at Nokia with the latter shaking hands heavily with the former for the launch of Windows Phone 8 with devices like the Nokia Lumia 920, a hero for the operating system. With a Linux expert on their team, (not that Nokia doesn't already have engineers with such expertise), it would appear that Nokia is attempting to keep their ties with Android at least a possible future plan - but clues are dubious at best.

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