Stories by Alexandra Krasne

Desktop Linux products on parade

Attendees of the Desktop Linux Summit held last week in San Diego spent two days reveling in the growing number of games, PCs, software applications, and peripherals that are now compatible with the underdog operating system.

Geeks, Nerds Rally at LinuxWorld Penguin Bowl

LinuxWorld's own version of the Weakest Link game show, The Golden Penguin Bowl, proves that knowing the difference between TCPIP and CPIP as well as the breed of parrot in Monty Python's Dead Parrot sketch can come in handy.

LinuxWorld Draws Fans, Seekers

This is geek pride week, when members of the open-source community wear shirts and buttons emblazoned with such messages as "The box said 'Requires Windows 95 or better,' so I installed Linux" and "I don't do Windows."

Three Minutes with Brian Livingston

Brian Livingston is author of the Windows Secrets series, including Windows 3.1 Secrets, 2nd Edition; Windows 95 Secrets; Windows 98 Secrets; More Windows 98 Secrets; and the just released Windows 2000 Secrets. He has gained a reputation as one of the foremost Windows gurus. We asked him to share some of the Windows (and Microsoft) secrets he has learned over the years.

Microsoft Windows CE 3.0: More Beauty, Same Beast

What's the difference between a laptop and a personal digital assistant? If the PDA is based on the Palm operating system--designed for keeping schedule, address book, and other personal information handy--the difference is huge. But increasingly, handhelds running Microsoft's Windows CE blur the line between laptop and personal information manager.

Have a Ball with Microsoft's Mice

What's big and red and glows when you touch it? Two burly new Microsoft Corp. Trackball mice: Trackball Optical and Trackball Explorer, scheduled to be available in October.

Microsoft, Then and Now

When Microsoft Corp. was founded back in the PC stone age, hardware was expensive and geeks were in short supply. Today, partly to the software giant's credit, computers are cheaper and geeks are abundant but expensive. Here are some key facts and historical moments in Microsoft's march toward global power--and antitrust scrutiny.

Microsoft Abused Power

Two years of legal wrangling reached a climax Monday when a federal judge ruled that the world's largest software company has violated antitrust law. As expected, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson stated that Microsoft Corp. is a monopoly and has illegally misused that power to the detriment of consumers.

WordPerfect Opens Linux Office

Corel Corp.'s WordPerfect Office 2000 made its way into stores on Saturday. Inside the new suite you'll find the familiar assemblage of tools: a word processing program, spreadsheet, and presentation software, to name a few. But there's one thing that sets this package apart from previous versions of Corel's office suites--this one runs on Linux.

Microsoft Goes Browsing With Dollars

Microsoft Corp. has made no bones about its focus on the Internet. The company changed its 20-year-old mission from crafting software that runs on "a PC on every desk" to running "any time, any place, and on any device," pointedly including Net appliances. The importance of the Web and connectivity is a recurring theme of its executives' public addresses. So it should be no surprise that Microsoft is putting its money where its mission is: broadband and communications investments and acquisitions.

Pocket PCs to Debut April 19

Pocket PCs, produced by a handful of vendors and running a revised and renamed version of Microsoft Windows CE, will be available for sale in stores and online on April 19, the companies say.

Microsoft Updates Office 2000

Even though Office 2000 was launched last June, you're probably still trying to figure out what half of those new bells and whistles do. Learning the new suite can keep you too bogged down to give much thought to downloading bug fixes and updates.

McAfee Updates VirusScan

McAfee Associates Inc. is releasing VirusScan 5.0 on Monday, adding automatic backup and new customization tools to its virus-fighting software utility.

Power PCs Still Lack Win 2000

A new high-end business PC should run the newest, most powerful operating system, right? But if your preference is Windows 2000, you may have to wait--particularly if you want a DVD-ROM drive.

McAfee Tools Cover Your Digital Back

The Web can pipe a wealth of information into your PC, but the flip side is it can also invite intruders or expose wee eyes to things they're not meant to see.