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1. Linspire Five.0 CNR Edition
$69.99 $49.99 list($79.99)
2. Sun StarOffice 7
$82.99 list($99.95)
3. Santa Fe Linux w/ Crossover Office
$46.99 $9.97 list($55.95)
4. Santa Fe Linux- Desktop Linux
$8.99
5. SUSE Linux 9.1 Pro ( PC )
$257.55 $229.88 list($279.95)
6. White Sands, Document and Digital
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7. Foxbase Runtime 2.1.2 Multi Unix/xenix
8. Foxbase Dev 2.1.2 Multi Unix/xenix

1. Linspire Five.0 CNR Edition
list price: $99.99
our price: $79.99
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Asin: B0007XYRUY
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Linspire, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1335
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (11)

2-0 out of 5 stars Be Careful About the "Full Functionality" Hype
I'm a PhD student who needs Linux to access my advisor's on-campus cluster.I have a 3-yr-old Dell Dimension 4550 that has had trouble getting Linux to power all its drivers, particularly the media components.I've tried SUSE, Mandrake, and Fedora Core 3, each of which couldn't get my Soundblaster Live audio card to run along with some other media hardware.

So when I read the reviews for Linspire 5.0, including the ones here at Amazon, I was quite pleased at the prospect of full functionality right out of the box.So I plopped down my $85 and Linspire 5.0 arrived in the mail two weeks later.But, boy, I was only in for more disappointment, a lot more in fact than the other Linux distributions I've tried.

Linspire originally claimed their 5.0 could run SB Live audio cards, but that wasn't true.(They've since updated their claims on their website.)It turns out that 5.0 has just as much trouble getting SB Live to work as any other Linux distribution.My computer is still soundless, even after downloading all the updates from CNR's website and having Linspire redetect my hardware (and do its diagnostics on top of that).

But not only that, the Macromedia Flash player that came with the Linspire installation is incredibly glitchy.This really wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for the fact that, for some reason, Linspire 5.0 always wants to boot its Flash-powered tutorial program every time I turn on my computer and log in.Before I ever get to see the desktop, the tutorial kicks in -- and then promptly freezes itself.Sometimes I can get it to turn off and go to the desktop, but most of the time it just sits there frozen no matter what I do.The only way out is to force my computer to hard crash by literally unplugging it.(This is quite remarkable to see happen for a Linux OS.)And there's no apparent way to turn off the tutorial to keep it from starting up every time I boot my machine.It's quite aggravating.Also, I've noticed that (when I can get past the silly tutorial) that Mozilla Firefox freezes up whenever I visit a website using Macromedia Flash.When this occurs, I have to kill the browser's window and restart Mozilla.

Likewise, no media players work.Try to watch a Windows Media or Quicktime file off the web, and you get a blank screen.Put in a audio CD and no player will run it.(Even if the sound card doesn't work, the software player should still do something with a CD.)Put in a DVD and the computer quite literally has no idea what to do with it except show the DVD contents on a separate window.

Basically, I'm no better off than when I was using the free distribution of Fedora Core 3.So I strongly recommend that you take the hype with a grain of salt and research for yourself whether or not Linspire 5.0 is good for your machine.

But I try to look on the bright side.Maybe CNR will use my $85 to get their Linspire 5.0 to work some day. (-:

5-0 out of 5 stars Great bundle: OS + lots of software
Linspire is a great operating system, easy to use, yet powerful enough for all of your needs.And with the CNR subscription, you will have a one-click access to many programs.It can't get any easier than this.I've been using Linspire full time since January and I am sure there is no way I will ever go back to Windows.

5-0 out of 5 stars Computering the way it was meant to be.
This is a great Operating System.Linspire makes using a computer fun and enjoyable.With a Linux based system, you can surf the web and use email without fear of getting a virus or having to deal with spyware.Lsongs is perfect for listening to your mp3 collection.Lphoto manages your photo's.Linspire's CNR opens the door to more programs than you will know what to do with with a easy one-click installation.The tutorials are simple and concise.The support from Linspire is excellent.The on-line support of the forums is invaluable.

I have been VERY happy with my Linspire Five-0 system.It is worth every penny!

5-0 out of 5 stars Linspire rocks
I am not sure anymore why I started looking at Linux years ago. OK, I had my problems with Windows like every one else that had to walk on there toes to keep it running clean form all the known "dangers" but did had a lot of fun in between ...
My curiosity probably was the main reason to try Linux although I feel very much for the "freedom" policy behind Linux or as some say GNU/Linux.
I had more problems then ever anticipated! It was hard to understand Linux, to cope with dependencies, permissions and to install "simple" things like drivers wasn't that easy for a beginner as well.
Not giving up I tried several distro's (they ALL became better by the year btw!) until I ended up with then Lindows. That's where the fun started for me! What a ease.
Since then I sticked with Linspire and ran all versions that followed. Version 4.5.603 was no less then a "rock" in terms of stability. Today's Five-O is just like that but has way more "eye-candy". Its also faster then its predecessor. Its a very modern Linux distro that comes with many latest apps. The "home breed" stuff like Linspire Internet Suite is not just a renamed Mozilla but more a "tailor cut" Mozilla, fine tuned for Linspire Five-O. Works simply great and is a beauty to look at.
I love a lot of great programs available in Linspire's CNR but the absolute crown belongs with CNR itself. CNR makes Linspire standing out of the rest and the live of the users easy, very easy.
My years long experience with Linspire has moreover proved that there's a massive effort to support any user, new or matured which I find very important. Then there's that very active, loaded with enthusiasts, user forum where first hand help is often around and simply brought on by more or less experienced users. Put your questions there and someone, in some cases even engineers or the CEO, will come up with a attempt to help. Nothing "Linux forum" comes close to this.
In short, I am using Linspire "full time" and am very satisfied. I can recommend it to anyone, experienced or not.
I will be there when the next great Linspire is released. For now this is the best and easiest one can get for the bucks involved.

5-0 out of 5 stars Linspire The Operating System for Anyone
Linspire is the easiest to use desktop operating system designed for the first-time user and provides seamless transition for those migrating from another operating system. CNR additionally is the simplest application installation client on the market. Truly one-click and you have the tool installed to complete your task. Functional in both the home and work environments. Give it a try and you'll be impressed... ... Read more


2. Sun StarOffice 7
list price: $79.99
our price: $69.99
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Asin: B0000DG2N4
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Sun Microsystems
Sales Rank: 927
Average Customer Review: 3.02 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Runs on multiple operating systems, including Solaris OS, MS Windows, and Linux
  • Simple, easy-to-use interface; contains full-featured applications
  • Interoperable with many third-party formats like PDF and XML
  • Easy export to PDF and Flash; increased MS Office compatibility; improved help and documentation
  • Accessibility support for people with disabilities

Reviews (59)

4-0 out of 5 stars So much +/- Half truths about this offering here!
Ok. Bottom line. I came here to save money on Buying StarOffice7 after running the Beta.

I cannot believe the half-truths in this thread. Please allow me to kill a few.

1) It needs Java. BS. It asks if you have Java installed which is only required on a few advanced features (mostly database).

2) Same a OpenOffice. BS. It is built ON OpenOffice which Sun supports. I have both options on my laptop (plus MS Word). StarOffice has things they license that is not in OpenOffice.
A (much) better spell checker (even that is not as good as MS Word), Thesarus, and a SQL database (like a real SQL not a user friendly Access database).

3) No Outlook. MS Office is not Outlook. Outlook is Outlook Eveolution = open source Outlook.

That aside, some heads up points.
Must purchase for each platform (Windows/Linux). Good news is I can buy one of each for multiple computers I use.

Slow startup compared to MS Office. Excellent File compatablity, and the comment about much smaller native file sizes is true. Gets very slow on REALLY HUGE (20MB+ documents).

Get your feet wet with OpenOffice (free). Move to StarOffice for saving $$ on licencing for many people who are power users and need the extra/better tool add-ins.

OpenOffice has no phone support. Active end-user community via email. Some decent 3rd party training starting to show up.

Keep legal on some MS Office seats to test complex documents against X-Office (star/open). I'll go away now and give my $ to Amazon. Best price out there.

5-0 out of 5 stars A robust, stable software "office suite" product
Sun Microsystems may be a household name with its Java technology, but it is a rising star (pun intended) with this latest office productivity suite. It is *no* exaggeration to call this product a significant threat/true competitor to Microsoft's Office suite.

While most consumers won't need the included versions for Sun's industrial-strength Solaris (UNIX) operating system for SPARC and x86 processors, it is remarkable to see a single office product released on multiple platforms. I've used both the Windows and Linux versions since version 5.1 (when Sun acquired StarOffice's maker, Star Division of Germany). As with every release, the different platform versions are identical; there are no compatibility issues with the files, formats or usability, in my opinion.

Speaking of which, here's my general thoughts on the product. (Read other reviews for more technical analyses. Think of this as a basic overview.)

StarOffice 7.0 is stable, feature-rich, intuitive (even for previous/current Microsoft Office users) and cross-platform compatible. I can save in StarOffice's native file formats, or work with other formats, such as WordPerfect and Microsoft Office files. And the import/export functionality is clean; I don't have broken files to reformat/re-edit/fix to look right. An office suite is supposed to be your computer's Swiss Army knife. StarOffice 7.0 is finally mature enough to replace MS Office and Corel WordPerfect with its functionality. Read the POSITIVE reviews here about the product; the naysayers aren't justifying their dour comments very well.

As part of Sun's new Java Desktop System software initiative, Sun's StarOffice product is already being used by millions of users around the world. (Yes, millions!) Unlike IBM/Lotus's SmartSuite or Corel's WordPerfect office suites, StarOffice benefits from open source community participation/innovations via the www.OpenOffice.org project. (Yes, you can download a free version, branded "OpenOffice" sans database, clip art, dictionary, etc. if you wish. But support Sun and *buy* StarOffice here at Amazon.com so that it - and OpenOffice - can continue to grow and flourish.)

The only downsides which concerns me? 1.) No version for the Mac platform, which may be rectified by the open source version (OpenOffice) in the future. 2.) I would like to see Sun invest more in quality desktop/workspace icons for this product, too. 3.) Lackluster HTML authoring tools (if you're picky about such things). 4.) Enhancements to accomodate scriptwriters (users of Movie Magic Screenwriter, StoryView, and Dramatica Pro) and technical documentation (Adobe FrameMaker). Create add-ons which permit users to shift into other modes, depending on their needs. 5.) Create a version layer of the interface which *children* can use. In my experience, the numerous bells and whistles within the interface are too daunting for some kids. 6.) Where's the groupware functionality? 7.) Where's the Office/WordPerfect migration tools/wizards?

And #8, which Sun can't fix: Microsoft has no filters for opening StarOffice/OpenOffice files in Office itself (although you can save StarOffice files into native Office file formats, like .doc, .xls, etc. without any problems, which Office users can work with.)

Bottom line: Purchase StarOffice 7.0. It is a solid product for both home and business use. If you're an educational institution, contact Sun directly and get this product for your teachers, staff and students.

Compared to the expensive Microsoft Office suite products, StarOffice 7.0 matches rival MS Office for most beginner, intermediate and (some) advance users. And it's considerably less expensive, too. The five star rating is well-suited.

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatly improved
StarOffice 7's usability has been imroved significantly over the prior versions.
As before, it runs on multiple platforms (which is essential for me).
No more crashes (the application can run for several weeks without restart
on my Solaris box).
User interface is improved as well: faster and more intuitive.
StarOffice has comes with same functionality as MS office (at a fraction of the cost)
and there are no problems with MS office interoperability!!

5-0 out of 5 stars works fine
I use StarOffice every day without the slightest difficulty. Writer imports .doc files without any font problems (this is on Windows), Calc and Impress are fine as well. I'm very glad not to have to pay $500 - more than the price of a PC! - to Micro$oft.

I have to wonder about the legitimacy some of the reviews below. For instance, all those who give StarOffice one star and compare it unfavorably to OpenOffice. StarOffice is *based* on OpenOffice ... the look and feel and functionality are *identical*; StarOffice is just enhanced to do a better job of reading MS Office files. Makes no sense at all to love OpenOffice and give StarOffice one star. Methinks Bill's droids are trying to game the system.

1-0 out of 5 stars Is zero stars possible
Absolutely the worst Office Suite I have ever used and purchased. If you want to be aggravated by non-working applications, errors coverting MS Office Docs, Excel spread-sheets and database-java script errors then this is for you.

For the rest of the user community use MS Office 2003, I purchased this and I am never considering anyother alternative. ... Read more


3. Santa Fe Linux w/ Crossover Office (Desktop Linux)
list price: $99.95
our price: $82.99
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Asin: B00065E1HW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: New Mexico Software
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4. Santa Fe Linux- Desktop Linux Operating System
list price: $55.95
our price: $46.99
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Asin: B00065E5RI
Catlog: Software
Publisher: New Mexico Software
Sales Rank: 4461
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5. SUSE Linux 9.1 Pro ( PC )

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Asin: B00027BWQ2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Suse
Sales Rank: 5359
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Features

  • The powerful KDevelop environment lets users develop applications in 15 different languages. Customize your layout, select editor components, integrated syntax checking and debugging, and view separate class overview for C++
  • New GNOME 2.4 desktop environment, with improved usability and new accessibility
  • Work with Konqueror, a new form of the KDE file manager/Web browser - import IE bookmarks, rip audio CDs, view the pictures in digital cameras
  • Communicate with Kopete - this instant messenger tool can read messages from MSN, AIM, ICQ, IRC, Yahoo! Messenger and Jabber
  • Set up home networks between Linux and Windows machines with Samba 3 - saves deleted client files server-side, integrates Linux hosts in Windows domains and more

6. White Sands, Document and Digital Asset Management for Home and Small Office
list price: $279.95
our price: $257.55
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Asin: B00061MIEE
Catlog: Software
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7. Foxbase Runtime 2.1.2 Multi Unix/xenix 28 Day Lead Time
list price: $495.00
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Asin: B00002S7ZM
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Caldera Systems
Sales Rank: 13382
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8. Foxbase Dev 2.1.2 Multi Unix/xenix

Asin: B00002SAEV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Caldera Systems
Sales Rank: 13513
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