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21. MANDRAKESOFT Mandrakelinux 10.1
$25.00 list($49.99)
22. DriveCopy 4.0
$9.99 list($39.99)
23. Red Hat Linux 7.1
24. MANDRAKESOFT Mandrake Discovery
$29.99 $9.93 list($49.99)
25. Mandrake Discovery 10.0
26. V2I Prot 2.0 Ent Desktop-single
27. Linux Mandrake OS 7.2 Powerpack
$9.99 list($39.95)
28. Red Hat Linux 8.0 Personal
$7.88 list($39.99)
29. Mandrake Linux Standard Edition
$12.95 list($79.99)
30. Backup Now! Deluxe V3
31. XANDROS Linux Desktop OS 3 ( PC
$9.99 list($79.99)
32. SuSE Linux 7.3 Professional Edition
$2,479.99 $2,469.95 list()
33. Red Hat Linux Advanced Server
$49.99 $26.25
34. Linspire Oooff! (Windows/Mac)
35. BDG PUBLISHING Mastering RedHat
36. OPENBSD OpenBSD 3.6
$9.97 list($19.95)
37. Progeny Debian Linux - No Support
38. SuSE Linux 7.1 Alpha Edition
39. SuSE Linux 6.4 DVD Edition
$9.99 list($199.00)
40. OpenLinux eServer 2.3

21. MANDRAKESOFT Mandrakelinux 10.1 PowerPack+ DVD and CD Version

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Asin: B0007M60YG
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 3522
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  • KDE 3.2.3, KDE 3.3, and GNOME 2.6 graphical user interfaces
  • Includes kernel 2.6 and
  • Includes Office ( 1.1.3), internet (Mozilla 1.7), multimedia, development tools, server applications (Samba, Apache, MySQL), groupware and many other software applications!
  • PowerPack includes 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!

22. 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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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

23. 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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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

Reviews (19)

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 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

24. MANDRAKESOFT Mandrake Discovery 10.1 ( PC )

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Asin: B0007IGZ7C
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 5632
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  • Use the advanced home ofice tools in
  • 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)

25. 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


  • 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
  •, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Real Player, and Flash Player

26. V2I Prot 2.0 Ent Desktop-single

Asin: B0000A9833
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Powerquest
Sales Rank: 7352
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27. 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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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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Reviews (8)

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 ( 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''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

28. 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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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, 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. 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, ... 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!)


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

29. Mandrake Linux Standard Edition 8.2
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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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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 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.


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

30. 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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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

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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

31. XANDROS Linux Desktop OS 3 ( PC )

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Sales Rank: 1689
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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  • 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

32. 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/
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

33. Red Hat Linux Advanced Server 2.1 Premium Support Edition

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34. Linspire Oooff! (Windows/Mac)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00076YWJM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Linspire, Inc.
Sales Rank: 7697
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good but save your money
Okay maybe if your connection is slow or you don't have access to broadband you can buy this CD,but if not why bother? is freely available online as is Firefox.
I use and love both so don't get me wrong here,but the price is a little too much but then again it goes to the developers.
Ooo is a great alternative to Microsoft Office and even Star Office.It does everything the same for free! I often do my homework and essays with Ooo Writer. And Firefox is what I am using to write this very review!It's one of the best Mozilla-based browsers besides the Mozilla Suite/Netscape 7 itself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Open Office and FireFox, wonderful software, excellent value
Open Office reads and writes in MS Office 97/2000/XP formats for Word, Excel and PowerPoint and can export documents to PDF format.
One of the best advantages is inexpensive upgradability.I purchased Office 95 ($400+ dollars) in 1996.When Office 97 came out, my Office 95 software would not open office 97 formatted documents.I toughed it out till I purchased Office 2000 ($500+ dollars) now Office XP and 2003 have came out (do we see a pattern here)?I suspect that it will be much less expensive to buy a $30 upgrade to Open Office to read and writedocuments created by upcoming versions of Micro$oft Office.
FireFox: "ad ware" resistant, pop up blocker and tabbed browsing... love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great products, great price, great source!
Open Office and Firefox are two of the very best of their kind.Both give users the ability to work with the same files, websites and so on that they're used to, without the worries of bad macros, spyware, and other problems associated with the proprietary products these replace.Better yet, they're both faster, more powerful, and more up-to-date than those old dinosaurs.Perhaps best of all, these programs look and operate the same on Windows, Mac, Linux and other platforms, making it much easier if you or your family needs the flexibility.

The fact you can buy this set for a tiny fraction of the cost of just the Office suite it replaces is almost secondary to all the other features -- Open Office would be tough competition for Microsoft even if it cost the same as MS Office.

Linspire, the publisher of this collection, is highly respected for making open-source software widely accessible; if you like Open Office and Firefox, their Linspire Linux is among the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Open Source Packaged and Marketed as It Deserves and Firefox are both fantastic products lacking one simple ingredient. Despite their technical merits, the marketing efforts for these products have not been impressive... until now.

With Oooff, that has all changed. The products are finally sold next to other respected name brands on store shelves and through online retailers, like Oooff is expanding the distribution channel of these open source products. Oooff will expose computer users that pay large sums for Microsoft Office and use the vulnerable, dull and underpowered Internet Explorer to the powerful alternatives they didn't know existed. Without a doubt, making open source software accessible is the first step in restoring a healthy and competitive software industry.

Oooff is a great idea and contains excellent products. This is a good buy and will give you the comfort of knowing that by purchasing this product, and Firefox will have an even brighter future. Kudos to everyone at Linspire, and the developers for and Mozilla Firefox! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Windows and Linux
If you use Windows this is the way to go.Free web browser that more than 10 Million people worldwide have switched over to.None of the security problems that Internet Explorer has.Popups blocked out of the box without not extra software.The office side saves you over 200 dollars paying for Microsoft Office.And it is completely compatible with Office formatted documents and more.If you have a college student on a budget that needs a office suite then this is for them. ... Read more

35. BDG PUBLISHING Mastering RedHat 9 (PC/Linux)

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Asin: B0000C23IW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Bdg Publishing
Sales Rank: 6195
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  • Follow the narrated instructions and video clips to install Linux, work at the console mode, and understand all the text-based features
  • Set up command-line networking, file operations from the desktop, and working from the Linux shell
  • Also covers more advanced uses of the desktop, working with OpenOffice, and system administration issues
  • You can even build your own lessons or individual and classroom use
  • Dynamic learning tools that help you learn up to 20 times faster than you would from a book!

36. OPENBSD OpenBSD 3.6

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Asin: B0007DFM1C
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 8156
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37. Progeny Debian Linux - No Support
list price: $19.95
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Asin: B000068GG9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Progeny Linux
Sales Rank: 3032
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38. SuSE Linux 7.1 Alpha Edition

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Asin: B00005MENO
Catlog: Software
Publisher: SuSE Inc.
Sales Rank: 9514
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SuSE Linux 7.1 for Alpha combines the 64-bit Alpha processor's efficiency and speed with the stability of the Linux OS. It offers more than 1,200 applications, ranging from desktop applications to extreme Linux computing environments, such as Beowulf clusters and server implementations. Also included is the Development Tools for Linux CD, with C/C++ and Fortran utilities, Math Libraries, an Enterprise Tool Kit, and more.

Other features include the YaST configuration and administration tool, featuring 2 TB memory support and raw device support, SuSE-optimized Linux kernel 2.4.2 and kernel 2.2.18, XFree86TM 4.0.2 with TrueType support, SaX2 graphical configuration tool for XFree86 4.0.2, and Samba 2.0.7, which allows networking with Windows. You also get KDE 2.1 and GNOME 1.2 desktop environments, and a continual update service via FTP. The package includes six CDs (including a boot disk), a 500-page handbook, and 60 days of technical support.

Applications include:

  • For the office: AbiWord, KOffice (beta), the HTML editors Quanta, Bluefish, and Webmaker
  • Imaging: GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) and ImageMagick
  • Multimedia: CD player, MOD player, MP3 player, MIDI sequencer, OSS (Open Sound System), ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture)
  • Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL
  • Programming: C/C++, Fortran, Pascal, Java2 (Compaq), Perl, Python, and PHP
  • Networking: TCP/IP, IPsec, NFS, UUCP, SLIP, PPP, IPX, amateur radio, AppleTalk, ISDN, Samba, Token Ring, ARCnet, A-DSL, Internet
  • Internet/networking: WWW, mail, news, IRC, ICQ, DNS, firewall, proxy, PPP dial-in, DHCP, Internet telephony
  • Unix tools: awk, sed, grep, find, rcs, make, groff, bison, flex, perl, m4
  • Apache Web development package: Includes php4, zope, midgard, jserv, tomcat, backhand, WebDAV
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39. SuSE Linux 6.4 DVD Edition

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Publisher: SuSE Inc.
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40. OpenLinux eServer 2.3
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B00004RDLR
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Caldera Systems
Sales Rank: 8786
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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OpenLinux eServer 2.3 from Caldera Systems is a server platform that lets you easily deploy and manage business solutions. Packed with over 20 server-specific Internet applications, 10 major server products, and easy Web-based remote management, it's pretuned for server-specific hardware to save you hours of configuration and administration time.

OpenLinux eServer 2.3 gives you the following servers:

  • Apache Web server
  • File/print server
  • Linux
  • Unix
  • Microsoft
  • Mail server
  • POP3
  • IMAP4
  • FTP server
  • DHCP server
  • DNS server
  • Internet news server
  • Mailing list server
  • PPP dial-in server
  • SQUID proxy server
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Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe Linux could be this easy!
Trying to pick a Linux distribution can be a bit hard. You can go with the most popular (RedHat) or the most featured (SuSIE) or you can look for one that's best taloried to what you want.

At the core, all Linux distrubtions have the same OS kernal (well some may have slightly different versions) and even come with a lot of the same core third-party applications (Squid Proxy Server, MySQL Server, Apache Web Server, etc...). I choice Calderas eServer distrubtion because it is taloried for web developers/administrators.

The install is super easy, you can boot right off the CD-ROM and do a complete install on a fresh hard drive (or as a partion) in less than an hour (amazing since Windows 2000 Server takes about 2.5 hours to install). The install process is very intuitive and 100% painless, Caldera's Linux detected 100% of my hardware and found appropriate drivers, all I had to do was click the "Next" button.

Once the Install was complete, I booted the system and was very pleased to find all the server apps I needed (MySQL, Squid Proxy Server, Apache, Tomcat JSP Server) all setup with default configurations and ready to go. You even get a web-based Admin tool that lets you configure all of these servers in one central place. I did have one or two ruff-spots, but since I didn't pay a penny for the OS .... I was able to buy a good book on getting started with OpenLinux.

Highly recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great to have!
This product enables you to install and configure in relaxed environment. You just sit back and relax, rest are taken care by the installer, which is powerful.

You will recover the cost of the product with Visual age license itself. Webadmin is easy. ... Read more

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