Stories by Matthew Newton

Kicking Linux's tires

I've been working on a Linux Tips column for an upcoming issue of PC World US--a much tougher assignment than my monthly Free Agent ramble, for two reasons: First, I've got only one magazine page to work with, so I'm a bit restricted in what I can ta...

Try Linux for free: make your own install CD

Not so long ago, the only way to see whether Linux would run on a particular PC was to install the OS on its hard drive. Times change. Nowadays, many so-called live CD versions of Linux boot and run solely from a CD-ROM. Ubuntu Linux, our 2005 World ...

Getting beta all the time

One of the many neat things about free software is that you get to play with stuff before it's officially done. Matthew Newton sinks his teeth into Sun Microsystems' latest.

Layman's Linux: xandros desktop os deluxe 2.5

Want to give Linux a try with little fuss and bewilderment? Xandros may have just what you're looking for. We took the $129 Xandros Desktop OS Deluxe 2.5 for a spin and were pleased to find that everything just plain worked.

Making Dual-Booting More Livable

Six years ago this month Linux became my primary operating system; it happened almost overnight. The startup company I had been working for imploded. I was at home, working on my resume, when my Windows PC crashed for the umpteenth time. I knew a bit...

Info Select 6

There's no other way to say it: Micro Logic's Info Select 6 is amazing. This software allows you to collect many different kinds of information on your PC in one organised, searchable space.

Passwords get the finger

In the future, you'll have no need to remember passwords or PIN numbers. That's the vision presented by a handful of companies strutting their stuff in PC Expo's Biometropolis section.

Is Linux right for you?

Compared to other operating systems, Linux is inexpensive to install and maintain, resists crashes better and can run on numerous platforms. Here's what you need to know before you decide to ditch Windows.

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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