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21. Red Hat Linux 7.2
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21. Red Hat Linux 7.2
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B00005RD7F
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Red Hat Software
Sales Rank: 2079
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Nicely polished and with an improved file system, Red Hat Linux 7.2 is the best release to date of the most popular commercial Linux distribution. If you tried an earlier version of Red Hat Linux and found it too rough for you, particularly at installation time, you'll want to give it another try now. This particular version of Red Hat Linux 7.2 is the plain vanilla edition (as opposed to the more capable Professional edition and the various server products), and is best suited for use on a workstation or as a LAN server on a small network. On the other hand, since the kernel is the same as that of the more costly versions, you can install this product and add the capabilities you need by installing additional software downloaded from the Internet.

The most substantial innovation present in Red Hat Linux 7.2---which is based on the Linux 2.4.7 kernel--is a new file system called ext3. An improvement on the reliable ext2 file system that's long been standard in Linux, ext3 is a journaling file system. A journaling file system keeps notes on what it's doing with data in the file system--it logs all of its read and write operations. This decreases file system downtime because after a crash, error-checking utilities (like fsck, which must run after an unanticipated shutdown) need not inspect the entire file system--they can look just at those regions that were being manipulated at the time of the problem. This saves enormous amounts of time, particularly on large volumes of 50 GB or more.

By design, ext3 is backward and forward compatible. You can take an ext2 volume (a volume used to store accumulated data, say) that was created under an old version of Linux (Red Hat or otherwise), and mount it as an ext3 volume under Red Hat Linux 7.2 and enjoy the protection of journaling. Conversely, you can take a volume that was created as ext3 and remount it with no problems (though also with no journaling) as an ext2 volume. By switching to ext3, you gain a valuable new feature and give up none of the reliability of ext2. It alone is worth the upgrade if you run a large file system or if you require especially high availability and can't tolerate long fsck cycles.

Another substantial improvement reflected in this version: GRUB, an improved boot loader that replaces the old standard, LILO. (Both bits of software follow the Unix tradition of naming utilities with goofy acronyms: LILO is LInux LOader, while GRUB is GRand Unified Bootloader.) GRUB serves the same purpose as utilities like System Commander, which allow you to select at boot time from among several installed operating systems. Unlike LILO, GRUB allows you to choose to boot pretty much any installed operating system, including FreeBSD, OpenBSD, OS/2, and any version of Microsoft Windows. It's a handy utility to have on a workstation, though you can opt for LILO if you prefer.

Other improvements have more to do with increased hardware support--many more network interface cards and printers are recognized--and general refinements in the user interface (this release uses GNOME 1.4 and KDE 2.2.1). A handful of new utilities make life easier for users and administrators, chief among them the Nautilus file manager. Nautilus does a decent job of displaying local and remote files intuitively--it makes it easy to manage the contents of an FTP site, for one thing. Another graphical tool makes it easier to manage user privileges. As has always been the case with Red Hat Linux, version 7.2 ships with a load of goodies that includes the Mozilla 0.9.2 browser, the Apache 1.3.20 Web server, and the StarOffice 5.2 office productivity suite. Anything else you want, you can easily download and install. Software installation is particularly easy thanks to the long-popular Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) file format for distributables, which this operating system naturally supports.

True enough, you can download Red Hat Linux 7.2 in its entirety from Red Hat's corporate site, and if you have a high-speed connection to the Internet the time required for downloading may not be too forbidding (the download--if you get just the two CD-ROM images required to install the operating system with no frills--is about 1.3 GB). But if you buy the boxed product, you get the installation CD-ROMs, the complete source code, a lot of documentation, and a slew of ancillary software. Plus, you get 30 days of online (not telephone) technical support--enough to get you through any installation hassles.

Red Hat Linux 7.2 represents a significant improvement over its predecessors. The ext3 file system improves system reliability, and a lot of minor refinements increase the product's quality of "fit and finish." It's a worthwhile upgrade, and a better way than ever to get into Linux for the first time. --David Wall ... Read more

Reviews (24)

5-0 out of 5 stars No need for fancy slogans.. It just works.
Reliable
Secure
Easy to use
Isn't that what MS promises with each new release? Red Hat has been providing all three for years now. This release is the best so far. You don't need to be a computer nerd to know how to use it. I find it simpler to use that Windows XP! If all you use your PC for is to surf the web, e-mail, and chat, then this is for you. KDE, and Mozilla are great, and getting better all the time. If you want to be stuck in the upgrade cycle, that is windows, then stay away from this. When you use it, you'l never go back. It's all you need in an operating system and more. (Redhat comes with Star Office, and the Gimp), you get everthing that would cost you... (Office XP and Adobe Photoshop) if you went with windows. That alone is a good enough reason to try it out. You might just be surpised with what you find

3-0 out of 5 stars I did another review, thought I was reviewing a book not OS
7.2 is a great improvement over the previous. As I write this review, Red Hat Linux is up to version 9. I didn't discover any problems with this version, and the updates and patches available with up2date just keep comming, even though I hadn't discovered the problems that were fixed.

Linux is for those who either want to do the same thing all the time and are able to get their version of linux to do that, and those who like to tinker with the guts of the OS. I think Windows XP is a better choice for the rest of us.

I am not a linux guru, and I find it difficult and tedious to get things running that aren't installed and running automatically as part of instillation. By the way, instillation is a piece of cake anyone can do, and once it is finished you have a ton of application software installed and running, unlike Windows, which only installs the OS and you have to install each application seperately.

Although I spent 35 years as a software engineer, I still chose Windows XP for my home machine because I am tired of tinkering with an OS. And tinker with the linux OS you will surely have to eventually do, probably sooner than latter.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good deal, but why pay?
Red hat is probably the best linux distro out there. 7.2 is one of the best versions avaliable. The included star office is sub-par and although they claim that it supports importing and exporting MS Office formats it doesn't do a great job at that you might some formating changes and similar problems. If you want to get into linux this would be a good start, but Mandrake linux is also identically to red hat and best its FREE. That is the best way to start then go red hat!

Both distributions are fairly simple to install and include documentation for dual booting with windows, but some general computer knowledge is recommended

3-0 out of 5 stars I was a bit disappointed
I am not a linux guru. I installed Red Hat Linux on one of my machines to learn linux and purchased this book to help me along the way. It appears to cover everything that it needs to, but I found the detail explinations of how to do things to be greatly lacking and on a few occasions to be wrong. I spent a lot of time trying to set things up in linux using this book as a guide, and they just plain didn't work in a great many cases. Either it is incorrect in places, or it is incomplete.

In addition, it reminds me of a cook book. You just follow the instructions to do specific things without it telling you WHY you are doing what it tells you, or even why you need to do some specific thing. Because of this, it really isn't much of a resource for learning.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get off the new equipment wagon
I loaded RH 7.2 on my laptop about 8 months ago, it runs much faster and is considerably more stable than the predecessor (win 2k). I am able to accomplish so much more than I could before, I could list numerous complaints about the old OS I had on it, but we don't have the space. Everything you need is here, some things you don't are here as well, at a decent price. In short this system rocks, I don't have to buy a new laptop really soon. And I can still write my book and not have my machine crash every third chapter. I won't go back to that half... O/S for most of my day to day work. ... Read more


22. Linspire Linux 4.5

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23. MANDRAKESOFT Win4Lin Pro ( PC )

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Asin: B0009I9R8E
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 7590
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Features

  • Using Win4Lin's high performance virtual computing environment (VCE), Win4Lin Pro runs virtually any Windows 2000 or Windows XP application -- with no patches
  • A system failure or security flaw in Windows no longer crashes your system
  • Easy way to migrate Windows applications to Linux

24. Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional
list price: $149.95
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Asin: B00006LS98
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Red Hat Software
Sales Rank: 2416
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Like the Personal edition, Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional shares the same innovative, unified Bluecurve interface of Gnome 2 and KDE 3.03. Also included are three installation CDs, two source CDs, a documentation CD (though Red Hat's documentation hasn't had the makeover the interface has), and a multimedia and office applications CD. It also comes with the whole lot on a single DVD (no disc changing) and a small administrator tools CD.

The main difference between the Personal and Professional editions of Red Hat Linux 8.0 is that Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional is aimed at those running servers and/or developing software. This version also offers a lot more paper documentation than you get with the Personal edition, including a network administrator guide. This makes it easier for those without advanced skills to start networking, serving, and developing. However, the software supplied on the three installation discs is identical in both versions.

Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional comes without MP3 support, without RealOne Player, and without a default CD burner. It uses the same Anaconda installation program (somewhat cleaned up from earlier versions and with a more logical sequence of actions), and has the same contempt for many older PCs--especially those without AMD or Intel processors.

Hardware detection and setup is excellent for most common cards and devices, including USB devices. It's especially hot on networking hardware. However, because many hardware manufacturers still don't support Linux, new types of devices and very old devices can be problematic. If in doubt, check the supported hardware list on Red Hat's site.

Apart from missing multimedia support, Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional doesn't do the kind of simple things that make life easier for new users. For example, most new Linux users come from Windows. Having the installation script add an icon to mount an existing Windows disk or partition is trivial and makes it simple for new users to access existing documents and files. But here, you're immediately stuck in a Linux-only universe where the first thing you have to do is edit fstab to get at your old files.

On the plus side, almost everything in Linux can now be configured from the graphical control panel, a far cry from just a couple of years ago. You may never need to edit a raw configuration file. Overall, with its far better paper documentation and wider range of installation options, Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional is actually a better buy than the Personal edition for those new to Linux. Experts can save money with the Personal edition. --Steve Patient, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars why do they do that
why do redhat upgrade there os so often,
that's a minus factor compared to windows.
repacking with fancy new box wont one time redhat buyers
comeback. like me. they gotta show us why and where we
need it not just for servers but games mutimedia and internet.
linux is getting too big too soon a bad sign for a
relativeely young os. igive three stars because
there are new users who needs it and will definitely
love it. let's frag M$.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Good The Bad and the Ugly
The Good:
- The user interface definitely is the most appealing to the eye compared to previous versions.
- System administration tasks are much more user-friendly. No more ugly linuxconf. This is probably the most noticable improvement that jumped out at me.
- Software updates are also nice. The system automatically checks for updates and warns the user when updates are available to the system.
- Journaling file system! Most home users could care less but this allows Linux to gain more respect in "serious" IT shops.
- Mozilla (Netscape) is finally nice and stable.

The Bad:
- The price is a total rip-off! Keep in mind that the ISO images (these are used to create the CD's that you pay $$$ for) for the Red Hat CD's are available through a ton of websites listed on redhat.com for anyone to download FOR FREE! I know that Red Hat as a company is trying to become consistently profitable but highway robbery is probably not the best way to do it.
- Even though the "look and feel" may be prettier, the Red Hat folks still have a long way to go with respect to human computer interaction. Sometimes you will get a notice saying there is an update to some package like libgtk++ from 2.0.1.4.2 to 2.0.1.5.2.3 which doesn't necessarily represent the version of libgtk++ itself but may be the version of the packaging of this library. What is libgtk++? What does it do? Confused yet?
- Just because it comes with a word processor/e-mail client doesn't mean you are going to want to use it!
- From the number of e-mails I get from Red Hat, I am suprised to see how many updates/patches have been released to address potential security risks. Whats also interesting is how even the smallest MS security threat will make all the tech headlines all over the internet while these warnings from Red Hat almost go unnoticed. This is something to consider if you are going to have your system connected (using broadband/cable modem/etc) continuously. Out of the box, this is not much more safer than any other product out there and tweaking it may not be as user friendly.

The Ugly:
- Updating the kernel. The way they make the kernel package (RPM) look like just another innocent update is downright mean and ugly.
- Give this OS to your parents. Now have them incorporate their favorite true type font (introduce the font to the X server). Watch as the ugliness unfolds.
- Just cant get over the pricing!!!

Just my two cents

4-0 out of 5 stars MANY PLUSES, FEW MINUSES!
Very few people would be surprised to see that this latest version of "Red Hat Linux" has most of the attributes that make "Suse Linux 8.1 Professional" thick: including OpenOffice and Ximian Evolution.
The ease with which this OS copes with a multi-system environment makes it a top bargain for anyone gunning for a Linux-based server. Its graphical interface is wonderful!
Although I'm aware that most hardware producers favour Windows more than they do Linux, I was still disappointed to discover that there is no support for MP3. There is also, no room for what should have served as my default CD Burner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I've been using Red Hat Linux 7.3.93 (Code Name Null) for a while and I really like the new look (Red Hat Bluecurve).
Today I just placed an order of Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional Edition instead of Personal Edition because I really want it on DVD! (Surprise?) Also I want all 4 manuals along with Office & Multimedia Apps CD and Sys Admin Tools CD. Of course 60 days of Telephone Support Privilege is an excellent way to keep in touch with Linux Experts!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Red Hat relese yet.
I've been using Red Hat 8.0 for about 3 weeks now. It's the nicest looking edition of Red Hat yet. It comes with KDE 3 and GNOME 2 with Red Hat's new Blue Curve desktop theme. Now KDE user's won't like it because it looks an awful lot like GNOME and GNOME users won't like it because it kind of looks like KDE, but if you're new to Linux and not yet bigotted by the desktop wars, I think this is the most usable version of Linux out. It comes bundled with Open Office 1.0 which will let you read and write some Word documents or you can even use the Open Office document format. Red Hat has enhanced their graphical administration utilities and still comes with all the goodies we're used to seeing from them like Samba, Apache, Bind, CUPS, etc.

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25. TurboTax Deluxe for Mac 2003
list price: $49.95
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Asin: B0000EI9C2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Intuit
Sales Rank: 1879
Average Customer Review: 2.43 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Tax software guides users through IRS returns
  • Interview-based wizard system
  • Up-to-date with latest federal tax law
  • Checks math and audit flags
  • Includes tax publications and expert advice

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3-0 out of 5 stars Great product, lousy company--never got refund for state
I give Turbo Tax 5 stars and Intuit 1 star, averaging to 3 stars.

I've used Mac'N'Tax (the Turbo Tax predecessor that Intuit bought out) and Turbo Tax since the late-80's--so that's a lot of returns. The product has worked very well for me, with only a few complaints. The ability to roll forward your tax information year after year is one of the compelling features of Turbo Tax--once you set up a depreciation, or have credits that carry forward, Turbo Tax populates this information in next year's return.

However, I have found Intuit to have become less friendly and more work to deal with as the year's have gone by. If you end up needing technical support your entire experience with the product will probably be soured. In 2003 even though the "Deluxe" product advertised that it came with a free state product, you had to pay to download and then send in the voucher to get your money refunded. Quite annoying, but the real kicker is that the refund never came and Intuit was pretty much unresponsive to my attempts to follow up.

I will probably continue using Turbo Tax because the product is solid (at least for me...I see others have had issues), and because once you've got your tax information in for one year, the next year and the next year after that you keep reaping benefits. I just wish some other company would buy the product from Intuit so I could quit dealing with them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Now if they'd stop charging a premium for Mac users.
Regarding the C-Dilla issue... this is the statement from Intuit, makers of TurboTax. Keep in mind, it was never in the Mac software anyway.

"In response to customer feedback, we have removed the technology from TurboTax 2003 products. In addition, Intuit is changing its policy and updating the TurboTax software license agreement, enabling customers to use TurboTax software to install, prepare, file and print multiple returns for themselves and their family from multiple computers."

I've always found TurboTax to be a very good product. If this C-Dilla issue proves to have been resolved, it may be again. However, their insistance that they need to charge a 25% premium for the Mac version is just foolish.

5-0 out of 5 stars saves my sanity every year!
I have been using TurboTax (formerly MacInTax) for 6 years now, and it gets better every year. Beginning last year, I did the electronic filing and I couldn't have been happier with the results. Philosophical arguments notwithstanding regarding doing this electronically, I did get an e-mail response from Quicken saying everything went through and 2 days later a response from the IRS that they had received my return. I always used to put off filing my taxes until the last possible moment because I dreaded reading all the details and filling out the complicated boxes with the vague instructions. It's not something you want to get wrong. I have never had a tax preparer do my taxes for me - I've always done my own since I was 17, but procrastination has always been my enemy, even when I had a juicy refund coming to me.

TurboTax takes the chore and bore out of the process. Each aspect of the software has little checks to make sure you're doing everything correctly. I was able to import my data from previous returns to save loads of time filling out stuff that doesn't change from year to year as a rule.

The software takes you dialogue by dialogue asking you questions like "do you own any stocks?" and if not, you skip the all the related questions so you don't have to muddle through things that don't apply to you. Everything is in concise categories.

Anytime you have a question, you can click on the help button for specific, context-sensitive information. The major sections have built-in QuickTime videos of professional tax experts explaining the latest tax laws and what the IRS is looking for, etc. etc.

When you're about all done, it does an error check and automatically goes through everything on your return and will tell you if anything on your return contains errors or otherwise will raise a red flag with the IRS and make you more vulnerable to an audit.

After filing my taxes with Turbo Tax, I got my refund deposited into my bank account electronically within 6 days. For those who are not expecting refunds, but rather have to send payment to the IRS, you can set up your payment so that it gets sent at the last possible moment on April 15, even if you file much earlier.

When you first install the software, it first checks with Intuit's servers for any updates and allows you to download State Tax software for free (if applicable). Fortunately, there are no state income taxes in Texas (yea for us!).

I am using a nearly 6-year-old Mac running (albeit slowly) Panther (10.3.3) and the software ran like a champ.

1-0 out of 5 stars Updates a nightmare, no customer support
I've used Turbotax ever since the MacInTax years, and the software was always easy to use and update--until now. Using an iMac with OS 9.2.2 and Turbotax Deluxe 2003, over a 56K modem the update that promises to take "just a few minutes" actually takes about 120 of them, that is, if something does not crash on you first. The updates would apparently install successfully but the program kept telling me, "You've never checked for updates"--and refused to let me fill out form 4652 for Depreciation based on that. After attempting the download at least three or four times, I ordered the "update on CD". It took 10 days to arrive. After installing it, the same error message appeared again. Also, apparently the "update" does not put obsolete files into the trash. Therefore, finally after several 'Update" attempts I ended up with several folders and did not know which files were up to date or which files my program was pointing to. So I spent several hours going through all the folders manually comparing file creation dates. This enabled me to finally complete form 4652 but after finishing the State return, I once again received an error message, "You've never checked for updates". All I've spent the last three weeks doing is checking for updates!

The State return was very disappointing also, because, if you need to quit in the middle, the software cannot remember where you left off--so you may have to click through literally tens of screens to get back to where you were.

Intuit's online "support" was a pointless waste of hours and hours of even more time. With this year's product being so unsatisfactory, I simply could not justify sending Intuit a single penny more to get it working. I shouldn't have to. I began my tax return at the end of February. Now it is April 13 and I still have not got this garbage product running.

Next year I won't mind spending hundreds of dollars more to take my taxes to an accountant. Time is money too, and life is way too short to waste any of it trying to fix a product that ought to have been debugged and finished BEFORE it was shipped.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't expect to import '02 TaxCut data!
Despite assurances from TurboTax customer service that I could import data from last year's TaxCut (ever try to manually enter years of depreciation?), I found that he forgot to mention the details. You have to find a PC computer with PC TurboTax, import the TaxCut data, then transfer that file into your Mac for use. Just a slight omission!

Now after having no other choice but to also purchase '03 TaxCut, I can honestly say I'll never buy an Intuit product again... ... Read more


26. MANDRAKESOFT Mandrakelinux 10.1 PowerPack+ DVD and CD Version

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Asin: B0007M60YG
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 3522
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Features

  • KDE 3.2.3, KDE 3.3, and GNOME 2.6 graphical user interfaces
  • Includes kernel 2.6 and X.org-X11
  • Includes Office (OpenOffice.org 1.1.3), internet (Mozilla 1.7), multimedia, development tools, server applications (Samba, Apache, MySQL), groupware and many other software applications!
  • PowerPack includes OpenOffice.org 1.1.3, a full-featured Office suite that you can use to create any type of document, from business letters to slideshows, and is compatible with Microsoft Office
  • Play audio and video files, use your digital camera, graphic design, 3D modeling and rendering, music composition, audio editing, and more!

27. Individual Professor Teaches Web Pages 4.0

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Asin: B0002142WE
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Individual Software
Sales Rank: 6336
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Product Description

Professor Teaches How To Create Web Pages is an incredible software training value. This complete training package includes 11 separate tutorials on 5 individual CDs. Each tutorial covers more than 30 of the most important learning topics and offers hundreds of practical exercises designed to build your skills quickly. Delivering the highest quality of interactive learning for over 20 years, Professor Teaches is the most affordable personal trainer that helps you produce a web site, enhance digital photos, and create Flash presentations with content that is personally developed. From beginner to advanced topics, everything you need is covered.

Features:

  • Easy-to-use Navigation
  • Accurate Simulations
  • Chapters Organized into Learning Objectives
  • 4 to 6 hours per course
  • Helpful Narration, Colorful Graphics and Clear Instructions
  • Exercises and Quizzes
  • Browse or Search for Topics
  • Professor Answers
Includes 11 Courses Covering the Following:
  • Flash MX 2004
  • FrontPage 2002
  • FrontPage 2003
  • Dreamweaver MX
  • Dreamweaver MX 2004
  • Photoshop 7
  • Photoshop CS
  • Publisher
  • Web Design Fundamentals
  • HTML Fundamentals
  • HTML Advanced
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28. DriveCopy 4.0
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005LK7J
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Powerquest
Sales Rank: 3851
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

DriveCopy 4.0 by PowerQuest allows you to copy and upgrade your hard drive with ease. In a few simple steps your current hard drive is copied to yournew one without losing a single preference, setting, or byte of data.DriveCopy copies the entire contents of your hard drive or selectedpartitions and works with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows2000 Professional, and Linux. It also supports FAT, FAT32, NTFS, Linuxext2, Linux Swap, and HPFS file systems and hard drives up to 80 GB. AndPowerQuest's Virtual Floppy technology makes DriveCopy easier to use than ever by eliminating the need to create boot diskettes. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
I tried to use this software to upgrage from a 10 gigabyte hard drive to a 40 gigabyte hard drive, a common enough task. The program took about 3 hours to perform the cloning. However, I never could get the new disk to work. I spend days on this. The powerquest web site offers very little help. I finally gave up and bought Norton Ghost. It performed the cloning in 11 minutes! And, the new disk worked perfectly. I now have 30 gigabytes of free disk space and I didn't have to reinstall my operating system and my software. My advice: forget Powerquest software unless you want to waste your time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Win98
Took 3 hrs to transfer 8gigs from a 10gig Ultra ATA100 to to a new 40gig Ultra ATA100 both at 7200rpm with a 400MHz. -An hour and a half to read the book,copy 2disks, open the computer, set the jumpers (which only took my removeing the jumper from my new drive- since my old drive was the master all along, boot up the computer with the new drive as a slave,(to see if the bios recognized it- which it did), turn it off, boot from A: with the copied disks, follow directons on screen.
- The program itself took about 45min to do it's job on the recommended fast mode. - Another 45min to remove the old drive, place the new one in, restart, breath sigh of relief, close up computer and restart again, sigh again. - and restart again, this time with smile on face, (just to make sure it worked of course).

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work on XP
If I could give this product 0 stars I would.I used the Virtual flpooy mode first and copied it to my new maxtor 60 Gig hard drive, when done it wouldn't boot up. So then I tried the create program disk mode and again it said that the operation was a sucess. Tried to boot up, nothing but errors. After about 3 hours of wasting my time and money I had to re-install windows Xp from scratch. The drive utility that came with the Maxtor Hard Drive was more useful than this over priced [item]. Maybe it does work in Windows 98 or Me which allows you to run in DOS but not in XP. Powerquest has no updates for this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars You Don't Have To Be a Computer Wiz
As soon as I received my copy of DriveCopy 4.0 I sat down to read the manual, install the program on floppies, install,configure and copy the new hard drive, remove the old one and voila! I had the new device running! It was that easy! I personally recommend this program to everyone.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not a product for the faint of heart....
I could not get this product to install correctly using the "virtual floppy" option on Windows Millenium. The product has some limitations which are not clearly spelled out in the advertising or the reviews. Namely, you must keep your current partitions intact, although you can copy them over to a new physical drive (ie you can't "collapse" two or more existing partitions into one new partition). I wanted to copy over the contents of an existing C:, D:, and E: drive to an existing, second, already partitioned physical drive - but I wanted this drive to be a single C: partition. You can't do this - you have to copy over the C: D: and E: partitions to an *empty* second physical drive and create the same partitions on the new drive. To its credit, DriveCopy will automatically proportionally resize those same partitions on the new physical dive to maximize the available space on it.

On the credit side: My one call to PowerQuest Tech Support was very productive - the guy I spoke to was knowledgable and helpful. However, he couldn't make the default virtual floppy install work for me either, I ended up installing onto conventional floppies. After that, the copy process was relatively painless and pretty quick.

Some follow-up notes: Since using this product to copy my Windows Millenium installation from one physical drive to another, I've experienced many, many Windows and/or application failures. Prior to this move my Windows installation was relatively stable (perhaps one app or Windows failure per month - it's now about 1-2 per two-hour session). Are the issues related? I can't prove it of course - but I'm suspicious. I don't mean to blame the DriveCopy product here - this is a weakness of the Windows operating system. Still, it's you the user who feels the pain!

Also please note that if you use this product to move your bootable partition (your C: drive) to another physical disk - you must know how to ensure that the new disk is configured correctly (usually via manual jumper wires or switches on the disk itself) to be the Master IDE drive. Note: this assumes you have IDE disk drives - versus SCSI. The vast majority of you will have IDE drives (because they're cheaper!), and they must be configured as either a master or a slave. At the end of the day, the bootable drive MUST be configured as the IDE Master and any other disk on the same IDE channel must be configured as a slave. Moving the jumpers or switches per se is easy - as long as you know what you're doing and/or you have documentation from your disk manufacturer. Getting it wrong may cause your PC to fail to boot up. Don't expect PowerQuest to tell you how to do this - if changing switch options or jumper wires on your hard disk makes you uncomfortable, then don't use this product to move your C: drive to another disk! Or, be prepared to pay a technician to come and do it for you.

Good luck! ... Read more


29. Red Hat Linux 7.1
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00005EBF2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Red Hat Software
Sales Rank: 2893
Average Customer Review: 3.84 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Red Hat Linux 7.1 contains the basics for setting up a Linux workstation or server. Ideal for the experienced user, this standard package gives you the essentials to upgrade or install new machines. Features new to this version include the Red Hat-tested 2.4 kernel, stateful firewalling capabilities using iptables, XFree86 4.0.3 for improved 3-D graphics, expanded USB support for storage, hot-pluggable devices, and the ability to easily set up and administer DNS, Apache, and printing services.

For developers, complete Web, mail, ftp, file, and print servers are included, along with multiple programming languages: C, C++, FORTRAN, Perl, Python, Tcl, and GCJ. There is an updated development toolchain (gcc 2.96-RH, gdb 5.0, glibc 2.2.2), and the popular Web application development tools PHP and mod_perl. This package comes with a 30-day subscription for one system to Red Hat Network Software Manager, which will give you access to Errata Alerts, RPM updates, and a free Red-Hat hat when you configure your system. You will also receive 30 days of Web-based installation support. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Great for a power user, not a regular user
The choice of an OS is a very religeous subject, So dont think too much about the rating, it's either 1 or 5 depending on where you stand. If you are a developer, or a power user, very into messing with every little part of your computer. THIS IS YOUR OS! However, if you are not into those things, and you have problems with computers, and want something relatively simple with a small learning curve, use Windows, BeOS, or MacOS. Linux is still not userfriendly (took me, someone good with computers, 3 hours to get sound working, another Linux expert I know took an hour on his to get sound working). However, due to the power and low overhead you will find this a good operating system if you are familiar with any form of *nix or want a power OS. This will be what my Linux box runs.

5-0 out of 5 stars best linux distro
Linux is too hard for the casual user. Linux users don't have access to good word processing or good games. Linux doesn't have an understandable desktop.

I really got tired of hearing that. So I went out and bought Red Hat 7.1 and it's the best OS on the market, rivalling even the mighty BeOS for ease of use. Simply choose which way you want to use it, and the rest is automatic. We are starting to see some other games coming over to the Linux distros, with Loki leading the way. If all you need is a simple desktop, Red Hat will provide. If you want just an internet connection, the distro provides the amazing Konqueror, mozilla, and netscape..plus about 6 other tools.

If you want to learn more about computers, like I do, Red Hat or Mandrake is the place to begin. If you are interested in any aspect of development or of beginning to configure your own system, Red Hat is your choice. It's chock full of tools of every sort, and as with all Linux distros, you can always bring in more.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not much more than the downloads...
If you have a good broadband connection, download the ISO's and burn your own. That's pretty much all this is. The documentation is minimal at best with quite a bit of advertising, easily replaced by third party books you would be wiser to spend your money on than this.

So why did I buy it? Because I couldn't get my downloads to work right until after I'd already given up and ordered it. Murphy's law of downloads :-D...

2-0 out of 5 stars Not the best out there
I've been running SuSE 7.1 for the past couple of months and it's been great!! So I decided to give RH 7.1 a go (since it's supposed to be one of the best/most used distributions out there). I was very dissapointed. To start Gnome's file manager kept respawning itself, programs run under certain logins and cause segmentation faults under others (these include programs that come standard with the distribution), and since I'm a Java developer what really got me was that you need to go through a whole work-around just to get Java to work!!

I'm sticking to SuSE and would advise everybody to do so. This release just doesn't cut it - don't buy it!

1-0 out of 5 stars If you want to run a linux server look elsewhere
First I need to mention that I am not new to linux. I have been running various versions of SuSE for the past 3 years and FreeBSD for about 6 months (but I won't got into that).

When I decided to drop BSD and go back to linux (being short on cash) I decided to give RedHat a shot. First, since I have an Adaptec 2940 SCSI controller, the installer refused to run. So I switched everything over to IDE (spare HD's are nice) and installed it. I will say that this installer is fairly easy to work with and went smoothly.

Now that I've got the system up, I want to start working on the firewall and getting rid of some kernel bloat... Well, no go! You can't recompile the kernel (unless you want to remove the function prototypes from every header file)! The firewall is an excercise in futility too... ipchains is installed by default so the rc3.d script that fires it had to be nuked, even then iptables doesn't work (I even tried stuff right out of the docs and it wont work)

all in all if you want to run linux, look somewhere else (myself, I'm going to try mandrake 8.0 next), and avoid the headaches that this distro will cause ... Read more


30. MANDRAKESOFT Mandrake Discovery 10.1 ( PC )

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Asin: B0007IGZ7C
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 5632
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Features

  • Use the advanced home ofice tools in OpenOffice.org
  • Work with owerful open-source Internet tools -Kontact & Evolution personal information managers, plus the Mozilla & Konqueror Web browsers
  • New security tools, like the Shorewall firewalling system and Prelude intrusion detection tool
  • Multimedia tools for Sound(Amarok & Rythmbox) and Video(Kaffeine & Totem Movie Player)

31. Mandrake Discovery 10.0
list price: $49.99
our price: $29.99
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Asin: 2847980326
Catlog: Software
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
Sales Rank: 510
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Book Description

Mandrakelinux was created in 1998 with the goal of making Linux® easier to use for everyone. At that time, Linux was already well-known as a powerful and stable operating system that demanded strong technical knowledge and extensive use of the "command line".Mandrakesoft saw this as an opportunity to integrate the best graphical desktop environments and contribute its own graphical configuration utilities and quickly became famous for setting the standard in ease-of-use and functionality. With Discovery 10.0, Mandrakesoft offers all the power and stability of Linux to both individuals and professional users in an easy-to-use and pleasant environment. Thousands of new users are discovering Linux each and every day and finding it a complete replacement for their previous operating system. Linux as a server or workstation has no reason to be jealous of any other more established operating systems. ... Read more

Features

  • Easy, user-friendly Linux distribution for first-time Linux users
  • Premium software for office, multimedia, and Internet activities
  • KDE graphical desktop environment; browse the Web with Konqueror
  • Task-oriented menu with a single application per task
  • OpenOffice.org, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Real Player, and Flash Player

32. V2I Prot 2.0 Ent Desktop-single

Asin: B0000A9833
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Powerquest
Sales Rank: 7352
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33. Linux Mandrake OS 7.2 Powerpack Deluxe

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Asin: B000051ZZK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pearson Software
Sales Rank: 7325
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

This package includes the Linux-Mandrake operating system, as well as a number of extra utilities and applications, including:

  • Software to connect Linux to the Web, including Netscape Communicator 4.75 (with Plug-in Flash4), Konqueror, KMail, RealPlayer, Everybuddy (AOL, ICQ, Yahoo, and MSN compatible), DrakNet (a new Internet-connection assistant that supports dial-up modems, DSL, ISDN, and cable), and DrakGateway, an Internet connection-sharing assistant.
  • The development tools C, C++, Perl, Python, Java, Qt Designer, and Glade.
  • The Web-development tools Apache 1.3.12, PHP 4.02, and Perl - CGI - PHPNuke.
  • Hardware support includes new drivers for i810, GeForce, GeForce II, and many others.
  • The latest KDE2 (including KOffice) and the latest version of GNOME 1.2.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Mandrake is great!
Linux-Mandrake has always satisfied me, and this version/distribution is even better than the old(er)/other ones. The automated installation process is a cinch; you don't even need to know anything about linux/unix to get it running somewhat decent, and when you do learn and get used to linux (and it's expert installation/configuration), you can re-install it for even better performance and flexibility. There're a lot of good applications that come with this distribution if you're using it as a workstation; although I'd recommend the "normal" (complete) version of Mandrake instead if you're using it as a server OS only, because you'll save yourself a bit of money. If anyone has any questions about this, you can feel free to e-mail me (admin@brien.com). Have fun!

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice distro, good hardware support
I moved to Mandrake from RedHat because Mandrake supported a device I had that RedHat did not. This is a nice distro for users new to Linux because it's fairly friendly to install and is one of the best at having built in support for newer hardware. Mandrake also has two community tech support lists that are very active, and their programmers participate regularly. The PowerPack has some nice extras to play with, like ViaVoice and Arkeia network backup software. It seems to install well on a variety of machines. I'm very pleased with its ease of installation and its performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top of the Line security
If you are reading this, you probably already know about Linux in general - its not for the average user, and not for games, etc. This release is one of the best Linux packs onthe market for real world servers, since it has a pre-configed security setting called 'paraniod' level security. It makes the machine rather useless for a desktop, but great for a server. It adds the wrappers for you, turns off all un-needed deamons, and makes a clean tight install. It can save you hours of work regarding security - this is one of the best picks for a Linux web server (if you dont use BSD). I give it a five star rating.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you think you want linux: read this
I never got farther than the installation program. It made about 1.5 gigs on my computer unusable. I eventually stoped the installer because I had no idea what it was doing. Don't buy this unless you have a good lawyer...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Distro
Yes, this is one of the easiest for 'newbies' but...it's not just for newbies. It's just as powerful as most any flavor of Linux, especially the deluxe version.

In response to the warning for Sebastien, don't worry.

Yes, it's true that it doesn't come with KDE2 final, in fact it doesn't come with KDE2 at all, but KDE 1.99. But, that's one of the things that makes this a great Linux distribution, MandrakeUpdate. Just go the the web site and MandrakeUpdate will automatically update your system to KDE2. ... Read more


34. Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal
list price: $39.95
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Asin: B00006LS9B
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Red Hat Software
Sales Rank: 2339
Average Customer Review: 3.53 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal breaks with earlier Red Hat (and all other) Linux releases with the unification of the Gnome and KDE desktops. In effect, Red Hat has made the two almost indistinguishable in a production environment.

This unification is achieved by creating a theme--an add-on look and feel--called Bluecurve, which uses identical icons and other eye candy for similar features in each, and creates similar Gnome and KDE menus. These menus now sport a limited range of well-chosen programs with simple descriptions of what the program does. This is a change from the earlier approach, where users were offered all the browsers (now you just get Mozilla), six text editors, and so on, all with nondescriptive names to confuse new users.

Much of this effort can be bypassed by most new users, as the default is now to install only Gnome 2, but then, Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal is really aimed at businesses looking for a low-cost, reliable production desktop to replace Windows.

Which brings us to OpenOffice.org, the public domain version of StarOffice 5.2, released by Sun and heavily reworked into a fairly decent replacement for Microsoft Office--though currently without an integrated database. OpenOffice.org ditches the old StarOffice desktop (as Sun has done with the commercial StarOffice 6.0), loses some copyrighted modules, and gains open-source replacements. It's on the menu under Office and you can run the components separately.

On the downside, multimedia support for home users is weak, with MP3 support missing (there's a link to the XMMS add-in for it, though), as is any way to burn a CD. Oddly, Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal doesn't include Real's RealOne Player either, which you'll have to download and install yourself if you want it. Again, this might be a deliberate pitch for business acceptance.

Hardware detection is better than ever and networking and Internet setup are as easy as filling in a few dialog boxes. Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal even installs security in the form of a network firewall for Net users. It also handles dual booting with Windows for those who just want to dabble.

Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal comes on three installation CDs, with two source CDs, a documentation CD, and a multimedia and office applications CD. The paper documentation is limited to an installation guide.

Overall, and despite the caveats, this is the most innovative and easiest to understand Linux distribution to appear yet. You really can install it and be using it to write documents, listen to CDs, watch TV or video, and use the Net within minutes of finishing the installation. Impressive, and a great introduction to Linux for new users. --Steve Patient, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Solid OS For the Home or Office Workstation
All of the great things about Linux in general: stability, security, and the incredible array of productivity tools, have made it into Red Hat Linux 8.0 all wrapped up in a slick new look and easy to use interface. Unfortunately, the bad things about Linux: instability of the [somewhat more obscure] programs, poor, Windows-like security out of the box, and the mind-numbingly huge array of tools, came along with it as well.

Red Hat 8.0 looks beautiful. It comes with a couple of great things for the average home user or general-work desk jockey. First off, there's Open Office 1.0.1. This is a slick, easy to use, and incredibly versatile and powerful office suite that, frankly, matches or rivals Microsoft's competing Office suite in every worthwhile category (yes - a lot of the pointless junk in MS Office that you didn't use made it to Open Office, but not all of it). It includes a Word Processor, a Spreadsheet, Math tools, and a Powerpoint-ish program that I haven't used yet. All of them work wonderfully and I've yet to have a problem with this latest version of Open Office.

Next, there's Ximian Evolution. INCREDIBLE. That's all that needs said. If you like the idea of all of the worthwhile functionality of Outlook without the instability and insecurity (and a lot of the glut), you'll LOVE Evolution. You can even hook up to an Exchange server by purchasing the necessary software seperately (at a VERY reasonable price as of the time of this writing).

However, there are down sides. Red Hat 8.0, like many other Linux distributions, comes with an absolutely mind-boggling array of packages that can be installed. Unfortunately, to this date, I have been unable to keep an installation under 800 MB. Many of the packages that are available or get installed are nothing more than duplicated work that other packages already provide. Also, the massive installation requires you to diligently track down and shut down services to improve on the security of the system.

Still, that's more than other OSes provide (Microsoft Windows), and it's far cheaper. A lot of functionality, a lot of potential, but honestly, if you want a server, get FreeBSD or OpenBSD. However, since this is the personal edition, I would whole-heartedly reccomend it to anyone looking to replace their stale, unusable Windows systems on a home computer. Thumbs up Red Hat!

5-0 out of 5 stars Closer and Closer
Red Hat's 8.0 release has the features to move Linux closer to the mainstream acceptance it has been deserving for years. The old features such as stability, security and more included applications than can be listed in this 1,000 word max review. With the Bluecurve desktop configuration, a uniform look and feel for both Gnome 2 and KDE 3 new users will find desktops similar and should cut down on people getting confused by the choices. Both are still completely customizable, giving long-time users the independence they have always enjoyed. Installation can be either a simple point and click to accept the defaults, or customizable down to individual packages. There is a lot of discussion about Red Hat removing support for the MP3 format, support can be added by simply downloading a module and installing it, but, in my opinion that is a bit like trying to get your DVD player to play the old Laser Disks, the included OGG format offer better compression and sound quality. I first upgraded my development server from RH 7.3, I was then so impressed that I just finished upgrading all of my companies machines. This review was written on a Dell Inspiron 4100 running RH 8.0

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but a few bugs...
I personaly really like this product but there are a few set backs. For one: The GUI for iptables has a bug that makes it think your firewall settings are slways high (it does update the file though so its not that big of a problem.) But there are pluses to... Remember the MS blue screens of death? I have never seen RedHat fail! It comes with alot of stuff like office apps, tux racer and countless other games, a lot of text editers, and much other stuff. If you want a cheap desktop envirement thats useful you might like it.

4-0 out of 5 stars I can use Linux at last!
I've bought Linux in the past and struggled with it and eventually removed it. Either it wasn't compatible with my hardware or was too difficult to use.

Now, however, Linux is at least easy enough to use(like Windows 95) and although I had to buy a new modem, it worked with all my PC interal hardware. I still have a scanner and digital camera that doesn't work, but I expect Logitech to produce a driver at some point for the camera.

This Linux is great! It's powerful like Unix but very much like Windows 95 in presentation.

There is a learning curve to go through to learn how to do stuff but so far I know this will be my primary new operating system. Goodbye Microsoft! Welcome Red Hat Linux!

This system comes with a lot of free software and development tools for programming and web development etc. To get this much stuff with Microsoft you would have to spend thousands of dollars.

I will never go back to $$$ Microsoft. Linux is the value oriented operating system for the users by the users. You get the source code for the system too!(Not that many of us can understand it, but ok!)

THIS IS FREEDOM FOLKS!

Macintosh wants to control their hardware too much and keep their system away from hardware they don't make. Now Microsoft wants to control our hardware and software too. Linux is the only operating system that is a viable alternative to these two companies that want to control how you use your computer.

Vote with your wallets and purses folks.

This is the new system for the 21st century. Join the open source revolution! :-)

4-0 out of 5 stars Getting to know Linux
I've been using Linux for about six months now. Red Hat 8.0 works well with my home LAN & Macintosh PPCs. The earlier versions 7.1, 7.3 used to be challenging especially undoing my WindowZ mentality. I like the way that RH8.0 smoothly configures on my Ethernet LAN. I intend to use Linux exclusively after test driving it for a few months. I don't need to reboot on every system change, only once an a while I would even have to logout. My system is dual OS'd with Windows 2000 Pro. and Grub startup. When or if I need to upgrade to RH9.0 I won't hesitate. I finally bought a Red Hat manual so you know that I've been winging it. ... Read more


35. Mandrake Linux Standard Edition 8.2
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B000063XF7
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Mandrake
Sales Rank: 3323
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Mandrake Linux Standard Edition 8.2 features three CDs, plus a detailed installation guide. Based on the award-winning Mandrake Linux operating system, this package includes the main open-source and commercial applications available. Both beginners and experienced users will appreciate the easy-to-use graphical installer, which features automated hardware detection.

Create and edit office documents with OpenOffice.org 641c, or edit images and photos with the GIMP, powerful graphics manipulation software. Manage your digital camera with gPhoto. Create and listen to MP3 and Ogg files with Grip and XMMS, and burn your own CDs with gCombust. You can also surf the Web with Mozilla and Konqueror, and chat online and send instant messages with Jabber (AOL, ICQ, Yahoo, and MSN compatible). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars rockin' the old pc
okay, i'm still fairly new to the linux world, but i'm so happy with it. i've had a 200mhz/64mb ram/10gig hd computer hanging out in my closet for the last two years, because i thought it had finally seen it's last days. it was nicknamed the black box of doom, because even when it ran under win98, it was a nightmare of constant rebooting.

but i decided to give mandrake linux a whirl on it, so my wife and i wouldn't have to fight over the 800mhz dell anymore. and i have been blown away. mandrake installed with basically no problems. it didn't pick up the 3com ide network card, but did give me the option to pick it from a list during the install. other than that there were no hang ups installing it.

now that i've got it running, it's just amazing. kde runs faster on it than win2k does on a 300mhz/128mb ram computer that i use at work. i've got the gimp for image manipulation, mozilla for browsing, evolution for e-mail, and there are hundreds more included apps (everything from ftp programs to office apps to development tools). i can do more with it now than i ever could before. and coupled with my cable modem connection, it's almost like having a new computer. plus i can still use AOL's instant messaging, and i downloaded a file sharing program that uses the same protocol that morpheus uses.

and the constant crashing? gone. i've had it running for over two weeks now, without even the thought of re-booting. the only time it had a problem was when my one year old decided to play drums on the keyboard. ;)

i did try Suse 7.3 on the same system and it's also a wonderful distribution for new users, but unfortunately it had some problems with my video card, and i was too lazy to try to learn more about xfree86 to fix it, and just installed mandrake instead.

all in all, i feel it's an increadible value. i saved myself a ton of money on software and hardware that i would have needed to get a useable windows system up and running. and now i have the reliablity and freedom of linux backing me.

if microsoft's demands for new top of the line hardware and strict (money grubbing) piracy protection are growing old, i'd definately reommend the switch to linux. either mandrake or suse are wonderfual for new users.

2-0 out of 5 stars The best way to enter into the Linux world, for a beginner.
Mandrake Linux is, without a doubt, the most user-friendly, and probably least flexible, and most kiddyish, and frankly, somewhat idiotic, distribution of Linux there is.

Now, let me say that this is the way to go for a beginner, who is looking for above average security, and a good level of every-day functionality (as well as a painless installation).

That aside, I must say it's a ripoff to buy and not simply download, partially because there is a lack of decent commercial software, and partially because it's just rather bad as far as programming environments and user-control go. About as bad as Windows in the end.

If you choose on going with Linux, and don't mind a bit of kernel configuration during, or after, the installation, I'd go with Slackware, RedHat (though it has a bit more bugs), or at least SuSE. That, or get yourself any distribution of UNIX (they're all good).

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Easy to use, easy to install, easy to use, simply awesome.

Mandrake has surpassed Red Hat in their installation environment. This is the distribution that I installed in my grandmother's computer so that I can update software and maintain their machine over the network.

Highly recommended! You will not be sorry. Their network updates are very nice.

If you want a more difficult installation but a much easier software (command driven) software update tool, look into Debian Linux.

Cheers!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Linux yet.
I've been using Linux for about two years and Mandrake 8.2 is the best I've seen yet. Here is what you get with Mandrake 8.2.

Easy to setup with Mandrake's graphical installer drakx. Includes great packages such as cups print server, proftpd, postfix, Star Office 6, Real Player,
kamera, chat, and scanner software.

You can choose from 11 desktops including Gnome and KDE. You get games, multimedia, development, and a large assortment of extra printer drivers, and special
Mandrake configuration tools to get up and running pretty easy and painless.

I had Mandrake 8.2 installed in about 30 minutes, and it was near painless. It was the easiest install of any Linux distribution I have ever done.

So if you are sick of Windows, and are looking for something else try Mandrake 8.2. Even old Linux hands can enjoy 8.2.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mandrake is GOOD
Mandrake Linux 8.1 has got to be the easiest ver. of Linux to install and use. You can almost install it without touching the keyboard more than twice... Learning it is almost as simple, this is a fairly popular verison of Linux so there are quite a few books and courses on it. The ONLY major downside is that it isnt for total control freaks, while like all Linux flavors it is very powerful and you can change anything it isnt all powerful. People that want to watch everything that is happening and change everything should use Slackware.
Mandrake is very good for beginners and pros. It works very well in large operations or for just home use.
Bottomline: A very good buy. ... Read more


36. Backup Now! Deluxe V3
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00006JSUP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Newtek,Inc.
Sales Rank: 5900
Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Backup NOW! Deluxe 3 includes enhanced features and benefits needed forany backup job, including CDs and DVDs. Added features include DVD drivesupport, Zip and MO drive support, and Multiple Hard Drive support. Backup NOW!Deluxe 3 is an ideal disaster recovery solution. ... Read more

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Product, Terrible Support
MS backup IS better than this!
1) NTI changes the basic operation of the program from update to update. Good features in ver 3.0.18/3.0.29 disappeared in later versions.
2) Their idea of an emergency repair disc is to burn your entire C: to CD/DVDs. What they need to create is a bootable disc that can get you to the network to perform the full restore. DriveImage 7 & Retrospect 6.5 do an excellent job of disaster recovery.
3) They will NOT respond to technical support requests with pointed questions. Bug reports are completely ignored.
4) They see NO VALUE in release notes. "Install updates at your own risk" is the company policy.
5) Scheduled backups only occur, if you have logged in to the PC (with admin rights, of course).
6) There is NO way to edit the schedule of a backup (change the time). You have to remove it & add it back.
7) No community support or forums... if no one else is using it, neither should you.
The list continues.

1-0 out of 5 stars Save Your Money!
For over a year I have tried to get this software to work correctly. I would get constant error messages with every backup that was performed. NTI's support people (if you want to call them that!) would tell me to use another brand of media, make sure all other programs were closed, use mode 1, use mode 2, make sure the CD was formatted (even though there was only an option to do a full or quick erase), uninstall any other CR recording software...
I've installed it on three systems, with three different approved CD-RW drives. I've used only the best media and followed every other suggestion that was made to me by NTI support. I finally gave up, broke the disk into pieces and sent it back to NTI (yes, it made me feel better!). This is garbage software at its finest. When I first saw the interface was exactly like the old Colorado Backup I should have quit then!

1-0 out of 5 stars Software doesn't work
I experienced a major problem this past weekend. I was trying to restore a hard drive from a backup made by NTI Backup Now! and it failed. I couldn't get my Dell Latitude to read the first CD. So I decided to create a separate partition on my desktop to test the backup software. Well catastrophe struck, and I corrupted the hard drive in my desktop. "Well, not to worry," I pulled out the 37 CD's which were the image of the hard drive made by NTI Backup. OH NO, that backup wouldn't work either.
Two different computers and two different backups, and both failed. NTI's technical support's response was basically, "Well sometimes the backup doesn't work. It must be something on your computer." When I told them that it was two different computers, their response was "too bad, nothing we can do." When I asked about a refund for the $200 I had spent on the software, I was told, "contact your retailer, our exchange-refund policy is for only 30 days."

NTI Backup Now! is supposed to serve two functions; making incremental backups of data and making drive images. The drive image module doesn't seem to work, and there is no practical way to test your drive-image. Technical support suggested testing the image by trying a restore, but admitted that if the restore failed, you would corrupt your data. They suggested securing a second hard drive and trying the test restore on that drive. That is more than a little impractical when you have two different computers.

Also, version 3.0 of their software does not provide for the creation of a boot floppy disk. I was told by technical support in December that this update would be coming soon, but it never arrived. Thank goodness I also had version 2.5, so I could make a boot disk, but it ended up being useless.

Very Truly Yours,

Jack Grossnickle

1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware
This product wouldn't work until I upgraded every driver and downloaded the latest upgrades from the manufacturer on a less than one year computer running Windowss 2000 PRO. Even then it never finished backing up without failing. After I removed it, my system would lock up on start-up 2 times out of 3. There is no telephone tech support, only fax and e-mail.

An absolute waste of money.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mainstream Users get Solid Product at Good Price
NTI BackupNow! Deluxe 3.0 is really three products in one, which gives you a better value for your $$. The three products are a file-level backup utility, an unattended backup scheduler, and a drive image backup utility (and restorer). All three of the things that a solid backup product needs to help you keep your data safe. Both the file-level and Drive Image backup have two level of file compression that on average gets you about 1Gbyte of files crammed onto a 650MB CD disc. Similar compression ratio for data going to DVD.

The file-level utility is definitely the strongest portion of the product. Like many other products, it provides a Windows Explorer like interface. It allows file trees to be dragged into a backup list (view). Facilities for file inclusions and file exclusions (and directories) are available. The 3.0 version of the product has an excellent array of supported CD-R/CD-RW drives AND ADDS NEW support in 3.0 for DVD-R/DVD-RW and DVD+R/DVD+RW drives. The built in support is excellent, and updated drive support modules are available for free at the NTI web site:...

The backup scheduler and unattended backup is also reasonably strong. Added in 3.0 is a CD/DVD drive spanning feature. This means that if you have multiple recordable/rewriteable drives you can use some or all of them in a backup. That's great for unattended backup, if for instance your backups tend to require more than one CD (or DVD) disc. The product also works well with a single drive if you data fits on one disc (for unattended). For interactive use, it will prompt for a new disc when the last disc is filled, so it works just like you'd expect. Another nice feature is that you can backup to disk files, including network disks (for instance on a mounted server). You can also backup FROM network disks. The FROM feature works only with File-level backup. If a disk file is used as the backup-file instead of CD, it can be used in either file level or DriveImage backup.

The DriveImage backup portion of the product is the weakest. Its improved in 3.0, but still lacking. The drawbacks are that if you use SCSI drives- then you need a Windows98 "startup" floppy disk in order to create Emergency recovery floppy or CD for the Drive Image "restore" operation. If you use IDE (as most home users do) then the Windows98 floppy is NOT needed in 3.0. (In 2.x the Win98 floppy was needed for everything). On the plus side, if you do need the Win98 floppy, NTI's product only asks for it ONE TIME. It stores a copy on the hard drive for all future backups (that's something).

Another much larger drawback is that with Windows2K w/SP2 or SP3 installed (or with Windows XP)you must FDISK and FORMAT the restore volume to EXACTLY the same size as the original volume was. (This means that you need to shutdown, use the restore floppy or CD, boot to it, run FDISK, display the existing partition, and WRITE DOWN the partition particulars for the advent of a later emergency where recovery is needed.) The product supports FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS. But for restoring an NTFS volume you need to format the volume as FAT16 or FAT32 from the recovery floppy/CD/DVD, and then the restore utility will over-write it with NTFS. That works fine, but its confusing.

Given the limitations of the drive image portion of the product, I'd have to recommend an alternative such as Norton Ghost or PowerQuest DriveImage, or VCOM's DriveWorks if Drive Image backup is the reason that you are looking at BackupNow! 3.0.

Given that the drive image works fine (it just has some usage wrinkles, the Win98 floppy requirement for SCSI) and the partition size restoration restrictions) and its included FREE, it could save you some money ($$) if you are really looking for the excellent file-level backup and backup scheduling automation features (+ disk backup file, network backup file). When you get drive image backup for free in BackupNow! 3.0 that's a solid deal that no one can argue with.

And this product supports the new DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW drives. So its ahead of the game on drive support. This is a backup product, not a "burner" product, such as Nero, Roxio EasyCDCreator, or NTI's own CD-Maker. For the money its a great buy, but because of the drive image issues, it gets only four of five stars in my book. ... Read more


37. XANDROS Linux Desktop OS 3 ( PC )

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Asin: B0007RA6PK
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 1689
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • KDE Control Center makes accessing your files and applications easy
  • Easy-to-use browsing of Windows shares and NFS(Linux/Unix) networking systems
  • Convenient file management tools fo easier browsing, editing and deleting
  • Firefox and Mozilla Web browsers
  • Filter out spam, block pop-up ads, and resist most spyware, viruses and worms

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3-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use with innovative features but not for power-users
Pros: Rock solid Debian base, a lot of clever applications, very easy to use, installation is all automatic, comes with excellent documentation, provides great media support and includes Codeweaver (Deluxe version only), Apache and FTP server.

Cons: Stripped down version of KDE, root acccount "disabled", only available in English, Linspire-style database of free software that you got to pay for. Default destop theme and fonts of debatable taste.

I had been waiting for a while to test the new version of Xandros, the Deluxe edition 3 that is. Critics have been raving about it, maybe my expectations were a bit too high but it left me with a bittersweet after taste.

Overall, Xandros does a very good job of making this distro as user's friendly as can be. Simple to use but not simplistic. Some menus and commands are cleverly designed. The Xandros File Manager allows you to access all your drives including your Windows partition and Network drives. Any Linux distro can do that. What's clever is to have putall of it under the same folder.

The Xandros networks connects you to the Xandros database of software programs, many of them would normally be installed automatically, but can be downloaded sometimes for free, sometimes for a fee. Installation is as easy as can be.

Unfortunately what this comes down to is a stripped down version of KDE and the need to access a database instead of installing everything from CD's as other distros would provide you with.

The root (super user) account has been "disabled". So if you don't know anything about computers you won't mess up with the core of the operating system. But say you just want to move a file (like a language file or codec file) to a program file, you would need to enter complicated unix command line instructions to do it.

Another drawbacks overlook by many reviewers is that Xandros is only available in English while many other distros like Mandriva, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora Core, etc can be installed in many languages.

If you know very little about computers, are looking for a user's friendly Linux distro with many innovative features, and want to say farewell to spywares, adwares and viruses that plague too many Windows computers, this is for you.

But if you just want a basic Linux, easy to use and secure, consider Ubuntu. It is also based on Debian, includes security updates, comes with a beautiful Gnome interface, can be installed in many languages.

Linux is not compatible with the vast majority of commercial software so power-users will need to look eslewhere.

And did I mention Ubuntu doesn't cost a penny? ... Read more


38. Sun StarOffice 5.2 Deluxe
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00004U9LR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sun Microsystems
Sales Rank: 2689
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Let's see--a full-featured, interoperable, multiplatform office suitethat's light on your hard drive and drastically cheaper than thecompetition. Could it be true? Check out Sun StarOffice 5.2 Deluxe and find asleek alternative to Microsoft Office that's compatible with that suite's files,incorporates nearly all of the same tools and features, and runs on abreathtaking range of operating systems.

It might take a little noodling for Windows users to get the hang of theinterface, as it essentially takes over the desktop and changes a few thingsaround; after the learning period, though, you won't want to go back. Instead ofopening a new program for each type of file (text document, spreadsheet,database, image, appointment, Web page, etc.), simply tell StarOffice what youwant and each file opens in its own window, speeding up access considerably.OLE-style embedding is easy, and most of the look and feel will be comfortablefor Office users. Currently there's not much third-party support, and helpfunctions are ever present but inconsistent, so it's important to consider thecosts carefully before installing.

StarOffice is perfect for those switching to Linux or multiple operatingsystems, or any new user who needs an inexpensive office suite with plenty ofoptions. Current users of Microsoft Office might be better off sticking withUncle Bill--between learning new commands and the marginal differences betweenthe two, you might think inertia's not so bad after all. The programs includedwill definitely surpass your expectations if you consider price alone: thepresentation and drawing programs are simple and wonderful, the basic officefeatures of document and personal information management are intuitive, and thee-mail, news, and Web browsing are snappy. Integrated as they are with the wordprocessor, spreadsheet, and database functions, they all come together to form apowerful and inexpensive challenge to Microsoft Office. --Rob Lightner

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Interoperable with Microsoft Office
  • Multiplatform--runs on Windows, Linux, OS/2, and more
Cons:
  • Little third-party support
  • Underdocumented
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Reviews (83)

4-0 out of 5 stars A reasonably priced altternate to Microsoft Office Suite
Suns' StarOffice 5.2 Deluxe offers an integrated Word Processor, SpreadSheet, DataBase, Presentation Program, Calculation programe, Email, WYSWYG Website Editor and Browser. The software works well together, and has a short learning curve, although some of the features are difficult to locate at first, the process becomes easier in time. StarOffice uses Suns Java inplementation for several of its features, especially it's browser, and so runs roughly on slower systems (below 200 Mhz) but this is a minor drawback when you consider the price conpared to that of other full office Suites, like MicroSoft Office 2000, a comparable package. While the software can be downloaded for free from Sun's site, purchasing is makes sense if (1) you lack the bandwidth to download the nearly 80 MB of files, (2) you want to install the software on more than one computer, or (3) you want the documentation that comes with this CD. This would be a bargain at several times the price. StarOffice 5.2 can save files in a Office 97 0r 2000 format, and can read the files generated by those programs. As an alternate Office Suite, there is little support fo templates and tutorials on the web for this package, Although Amazon does carry "Sun Star Office 5.1 for Windows," which will help with most of the features in version 5.2. I recommend this for home and office use.

5-0 out of 5 stars StarOffice 5.2 from SUN
StarOffice is a full-nelson office application suite from SUNwho purchased it originally from StarDivision of Germany. The latest version 5.2 is available on CD-ROMfrom SUN... (you "heard" me right!) and alternatively you may download it from SUN's website. But don't let the low low price fool you or sway you from getting a copy now! I once looked up the price back when this product was StarDivision property, and it was in the range of 500 Deutche Marks (I'll let you do the monetary translation.)

StarOffice is available natively for the following operating system platforms: Linux, Solaris, and Windows. Version 5.1b is still available for OS/2 users. As a side note, SUN also has a "StarPortal" version initiative going on to bring Office productivity services via the internet.

StarOffice consists of the following fully integrated applications: Wordprocessor, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Scheduler, Graphics/Drawing, Email, Database, GUI FTP-client, GUI HTML-editor, and more. Users moving to StarOffice can open and edit their old MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint, Lotus Amipro/Word or 123 files, but many more file formats are supported including StarOffice native file formats. Webmasters can build HTML websites withStarOffice's HTML GUI-editor, Java support, graphics tools, and full FTP client to make editing and saving web documents up on the server or locally fully seamless. Email support includes POP3/IMAP/LDAP/SENDMAIL/NEWS, and you can setup multiple email accounts simultaneously.

StarOffice installs in about 15 minutes (with server or local options possible), looks and feels exactly the same across platforms, and you can run it as an independent application or as your replacement desktop. It has it's own "Start Menu" that presents you with all your programs, as well as all your desktop icons. You can see a great deal of thought went into the design of this product with an integrated workspace in mind.

Office managers looking to save money by avoiding more expensive products and licensing issues may find their holy grail in StarOffice from SUN, with the added benefit of support for multiple computer platforms. Home computer users will save a bundle too, and yet still be able to work with their old MS Word documents, etc.

StarOffice is a product whose time has come. You are certainly missing out if you pass it by....

by Peter Baitz, the trimatrix group, llc,

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome alternative to MS Office
Using the program is very simple, and all programs in Star Office can be saved in MS Office formats. A awesome alternative to MS Office.

5-0 out of 5 stars Far more than just an office suite.
StarOffice 5.2 has most all the office component capabilities one needs; spreadsheet, word processor, database, draw program, visual basic and macros, etc. However, with OpenOffice.org developer support, this core "office suite" is only a starting point for many possible applications. Applications interfaces such as "point of sale" or "scientific instrumentation" can be built on this office component core. StarOffice 5.2 is, in effect, a visual component library that works on many operating system and hardware platforms. This puts StarOffice in a class by itself.

1-0 out of 5 stars HELP!
I am not a dummy, but I think that I need StarOffice 5.2 for Dummies also. As one of the others has stated. I have had nothing but problems getting this thing installed and finally gave up! It is just a big mess! And now I cannot get it to completely uninstall and it is causing a lot of complications with my system? I cannot understand what is going on here. I have tried everything! It seems it isn't installed completely, so I can't actually use it, but I can't uninstall anything more than I already have and my systems still says it is there and it is reaking havoc on my system! I am glad to see that there a few other people out there that seems to be having the same problem that I have. I thought I was losing my mind for a while there.
ARGH! ... Read more


39. SuSE Linux 7.3 Professional Edition
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00005RCW8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: SuSE Inc.
Sales Rank: 4346
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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Striking a balance between configurability and user-friendliness, SuSE Linux Professional 7.3 stands as a good choice for someone with a little bit--but not necessarily a lot--of Linux experience. Choose this distribution if you need to provide network services to a LAN or to the Internet, want to experiment with a broad sample of the software that's available for your purposes, and don't mind a bit of skeleton showing through the veneer once in a while. This version of Linux is built with compatibility, performance, reliability, and security in mind.

New in this release: an updated Linux kernel (version 2.4.10), XFree86 windowing system (4.1.0), KDE desktop manager (2.2.1), GNOME desktop manager (1.4.1 Beta 2), and Samba server for integration with Microsoft Windows computers (2.2). These incremental upgrades present all sorts of useful features, including the Nautilus file manager, Kooka scanner support, hot partitioning of disks, and compatibility with lots of additional hardware (including television cards and, for the first time, touchscreens).

System administrators shouldn't find themselves wanting for file system support under this release. In addition to the new ext3 file system that's part of the Linux 2.4.x kernel, SuSe Linux Professional 7.3 supports the ext2, ReiserFS, FAT, NTFS, and JFS file systems. Unless you need compatibility with an established data volume in another format, you'll probably want to use ext3 (which is both backward and forward compatible with the proven ext2 file system) if you're running a server that must be available to users as much as possible.

The ext3 provides a better availability rate than ext2 because it's a journaling file system, which means it keeps records of the read and write operations it performs on its media. That's valuable because if the system shuts down unexpectedly due to a crash or power failure, the mandatory fsck integrity verification need only look at the parts of the file system that were being manipulated when the problem occurred. Because comprehensive fsck runs can be very lengthy on big ext2 volumes--and because the volumes aren't available during those runs--ext3 gives a clear benefit to server users and administrators. In another boon to reliability and speed, this edition supports RAID levels 0, 1, and 5 in software. That is, you don't need an expensive RAID controller card in your machine to enjoy the benefits of RAID under this operating system.

SuSE Linux Professional 7.3 further distinguishes itself from its competitors by including a heap of server, application, and utility software--pretty much everything available for free download on the Internet--compiled for this kernel and stored, on seven CD-ROMs as well as on a single DVD-ROM, in RPM format for easy installation. The value of the included software is in time saved, naturally, and in usage fees saved if your Internet connection has a usage quota. If you enjoy installing different software packages and putting them through their paces (or if you're a developer eager to check out the competition or verify your product's compatibility), you'll consider the software library a big bonus. A bootable floppy--something several distributions no longer include--is a considerate inclusion that makes it easier for you to install this svelte product on older computers that can't boot from their CD-ROM drives. Further, the YaST2 administration tool centralizes and simplifies configuration work.

Like other Linux distributions based on the Linux 2.4.x kernel, this release of SuSE Linux Professional 7.3 is slicker than ever, and more widely compatible with peripheral hardware. Unlike other distributions, this one ships with nearly every tool and toy you could want, and a generous 90 days of phone, fax, and Internet support for everything short of networking. Consider Red Hat Linux 7.2 Professional if user-friendliness and the ability to select from among several operating systems at boot time is truly paramount for you, but stick with SuSE if you want a strong, reliable Linux and all the trimmings. --David Wall ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SuSE is for me...
Like many others out there, I got on the Linux bandwagon to expand my knowledge and skills in the area of alternative OSes. I have tried 7 different flavors of Linux, and have landed in SuSEville. SuSE for me, is easier to use, comes with better documentation (some flavors come with virtually no documentation). But most of all, it conquers Windows 2000 Server in almost all respects. Squid (the equivalent of Proxy Server) is relatively easy to set up, and comes for free with the distribution. This will save the saavy administrator over $1000.00. Samba (which allows connectivity to Windows boxes) is also included and is easier than ever to set up with SWAT (html based configuration).

To top this all off, I have a powerhouse SuSE server, serving 7 workstations with Squid, File and Print services, and IP routing running on a Pentium 75, with 64 meg of RAM with a 2.0 Gig hard drive. This is not possible with Microsoft 2000. Linux is stable and runs well on older, slower hardware. This saves a lot of money. 7.3 also incorporates Soft-RAID technology (new in Windows 2000). This allows you to run fault tolerance in Linux without the expensive supporting hardware.

I've worked with Red Hat, Debian, Caldera, Mandrake and a few others. But since SuSE came out with version 7.1 and later, I've had few problems (most from lack of knowledge) and SuSE has been stable enough for me to recommend it to friends and customers. To top it all off, I love the games included with this version of my favorite Linux!

5-0 out of 5 stars SuSE 7.3 Professional - an excellent distribution
This is one great distribution and most likely the best buy for me this
year, very nice surprise. Expected a solid system after previous experience
with SuSE products, but this one exceeds my expectations a lot.

I already own boxed versions of 6.4 /which I used as a router-firewall for cable
connection before I purchased a real router/ and liked it, and 7.0 Pro
which I didn't like /maybe because too much beta, unfinished stuff?/ Both
included great documentation and loads of applications; the new 7.3 isn't
exception. There are 7CD-ROM's (and 1 DVD if you own DVD player) plus 5 nice
manuals included, with lots of useful info inside. I always used to like SuSE
printed manuals, tons of knowledge , and explained in fairly good style. The
installation itself /I picked the "Default with StarOffice"/ took about 30
minutes and configured most of hardware correctly /with exception of older ISA
modem, which I didn't expect to be set easily anyway - did it later manually with isapnp tools/.
So in half an hour I had system configured with network, printer & ready to use. I run install in
graphical mode and without a glitch.

Default configuration installs most common packages, I'm adding new stuff
slowly only when I need them. The packages are managed best by Yast2
configuration tool (with dependency check), very easy to use, there is older the Yast available as
well. There are so many features in this release that it's difficult to name
them all, so just a few:

1) YOU /YastOnlineUpdate/ - unlimited update tool in style of Windows Update, but no
reboots necessary
2) many various file system, incl.Ext2 & 3, jfs, ReiserFS, crypto file system
3)2 firewalls /easy to use "Personal" and advanced "SuSE firewall"/
4)KDE 2.2.1 desktop environment /stable with tons of features/
5)according to box SuSE includes 2300+ application; believe
6)XFree 4.1.0 & Sax2
...and much more.

Most important thing: everything works; fast and smooth, no lockup, no errors.
I really didn't have any problems which would require reboot, and do have the first original
installation running. Biggest problem I encountered was a partially locked up X server;
just restarted X...also, while compiling something,I run into missing libraries/errors; but this could be
just my relative inexperience; bet skilled user would be able to fix that fast.
I trust SuSE7.3 so much that I use graphical login :)

I used to have always some kind of problems with Linux, but this version is fully
functional as a desktop OS /with capabilities of server or whatever else you wish/.
Full featured GUI, with command line power. Btw, the KDE2.2 GUI looks great and offers almost
unlimited customization.

There are certain areas which need improvement, for instance more drivers (only 1 out of my 2
digital cameras are supported),also the used videocard 3d glx support has problems in Xfree4,
but the overall level of support gets much better.

Needed some advice from SuSE tech. support; got helpful answers from knowledgeable people over e-mail.Took
a few days until first response, but afterwards the reply's were fast.

I would recommend SuSE 7.3Pro to everyone /as long as you don't mind to learn stuff/; Windows is
of course much easier to use, but offers less as well, definitely when installed out of the box .

I'm only moderately skilled Linux user, so I may missed some problems other people would point out.But
personally I'm very satisfied. I don't want to go into more details, there are some good reviews around the
Internet with full depth.This is just my experience after about 3 weeks of use of this OS.
Very impressive package, love it! I use normally Win2k, but SuSE is nice alternative.

I attempted the FTP installation first and it failed repeatedly, reason unknown to me. /did it successfully before with SuSE 7.2/.
Still, for the price paid it's a total bargain. I'm going to buy next SuSE as well; this company deserves support.

The system info:

Intel Celeron 466 - Abit BM6 /BX chipset/
256MB PC-100 RAM /generic/
15GB Maxtor ATA-100 HDD on MB's UDMA33 controller (needs upgrade here)
ATI Rage Fury Pro 32MB AGP /Rage 128 Pro chipset; "Rage128PF" in SuSE HW database/; installed originally with ATI Xpert98 PCI /Rage XL chipset/
ADI 1816 ISA SB-compatible sound card
3COM 905 TX PCI NIC /network configured with DHCP running on router/
Diamond SupraExpress 336i ISA modem /not configured or recognized during install; configured later successfully/
TEAC 32x IDE CD-ROM
MS Wheel Mouse PS2
SONY Multiscan17sfII 17" monitor
HP DeskJet 932C printer /used parallel port/
Epson Photo PC650 digital camera /used ttyS0 port/

This system is not really too slow, but I wouldn't try to put SuSE 7.3 on anything much slower if planning
to use GUI in full; had 7.2 on P200MMX/128MB RAM and it crawls. Command line only system works fine on anything I believe...

1-0 out of 5 stars 7.3 half baked - 7.2 is better
I loved 7.2 of Suse, I have it installed on 3 PCs (P3 Laptop, old P1, and P4). It installed on all 3 without any problems. So when 7.3 came out I ran to the store and got it the week after it was released in the US. I cannot get 7.3 to install on the on the old P1 with out it crashing after the install. On the laptop the disk has to be fsck (scandisk for you windows users) for every re/boot, 7.3 thinks the computer crashed and the drive was not dismounted correctly. This never happens with 7.2 on the laptop. And does not occur in the P4 with 7.2 or 7.3. On the 2 that I can get 7.3 to boot the xterm forgets to clear the screen when you exit an application. This does not happen all the time but when it does you have to log out and restart X to solve the problem.

Support just stinks, they can not answer any questions and they take 2-3 weeks to get back to you and tell you that they do not know the answer. They seam to not be very interested in improving the product.

If you do a full install if 7.3 Star Office locks up when a user starts Star Office for the fist time and selects install. This happens for all new users created after the 7.3 install. I called suse support and they said Sorry your 90 days of free help has expired. I call one other time and support could not help me. 2 button mouses paste does not work in 7.3 the way it did in 7.2 My solution was to buy a new mouse for the laptop.

The way I solved the star office problem was to install 7.2. Create all the needed users. Run the office installer for each user and then upgrade to 7.3 8-( I found several other little things that work in 7.2 and just do not work in 7.3.

The 7.3 version of Suse has some very nice eye candy, but under the candy is a half baked product. If you look at most commercial software like Oracle and IBM are certified on Suse. If you look at the support matrix they say 7.2 NOT 7.3. I wonder why?

My recommendation is get 7.2 or try your luck with 8 and skip 7.3 at all cost.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Choice
If you want to really learn how computers work and/or be able to run a system that's stable and secure, Linux and its relatives (like BSD) are the top choices currently available.

SuSE in particular is known for providing excellent documentation, lots of variety in software, and striking a decent balance between ease of use and configurability.

Personally, just knowing that my programs aren't secretly sending information about me back to their home base is more than worth needing to take a little more time to understand how the system works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Does it all
This is the only package you need to become instantly productive with linux. It includes a complete office suite (Star Office 5.2) plus the new Koffice suite and Abiword all of which can read and write MS Word and other MS Office file formats. You also get real player 8, Adobe Acrobat, Netscape 6, graphics and photo editors, email and scheduling software, cd writing software, plus some cool games. The setup is really easy and it can coexist with all versions of Windows. It also has built-in journaling file systems so power failures won't damage your harddrive, and it has strong encryption which you can enable for your file system to secure you data. Enable it with a checkbox during install.

As for upkeep, SuSE Online Update works from your desktop. It will update your system over the Internet and is as easy as Windows Update. You can run this periodically to download security and program updates or you can use it to update your entire system for free when the next version of SuSE Linux is released. It couldn't be simpler.

The box contains 7 cd's and 1 dvd. The dvd install is awesome because you never have to swap cd's. When you use the "add and remove software" module, it can find any software you need on the dvd. With the dvd, I've never had to use the cd's. I've used all the leading distros. SuSE is the most complete and the documentation is the best. You can't go wrong with this one. ... Read more


40. Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1 Premium Support Edition

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