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.
Security tokens used to safeguard computer networks risk going the way of the rotary phone as EMC Corp.’s RSA unit, the top maker of the devices, is challenged by smartphones deployed as cyber-protection tools.
Red Hat Inc., the largest seller of Linux operating system software, rose in late trading after reporting third-quarter sales that exceeded analysts’ estimates and saying it plans to buy cloud software company ManageIQ Inc.