If you’re put off by Steve Jobs ’s control-freakdom and Microsoft’s long history of buggy bloatware, you might want to spend some time with Dell Inc.’s line of laptops running Ubuntu , the free, consumer-oriented version of the open-source Linux operating system. Cheaper than Apple, cheaper and more stable than Windows, Ubuntu might be a viable alternative were it just not quite so geeky.
Red Hat Inc., the largest seller of the open-source Linux operating system, dropped after second- quarter profit missed analysts’ estimates and the company pared sales forecasts on weak demand for services.
U.S. stocks declined, erasing earlier gains after benchmark indexes approached five-year highs, amid concern that global stimulus measures won’t be enough to boost growth at the world’s largest economy.
International Business Machines Corp. opened a center today for computing systems in Beijing to help customers and outside software engineers develop business applications for the open-source Linux operating system.
U.S. stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to its longest drop in a month, as a deteriorating profit outlook for banks and an increase in jobless claims overshadowed a rally in technology shares.