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21. Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
$109.99 $105.00 list($129.99)
22. Microsoft Virtual PC 2004
$939.99 $894.99 list($999.99)
23. Mac OS X Server 10.4 Tiger - Unlimited
$89.99 $43.95 list($99.99)
24. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money,
$90.00 list($199.00)
25. Microsoft Windows XP Professional
$57.00 list($99.99)
26. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
$849.99 $599.00 list($999.00)
27. Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
$219.99 list($249.99)
28. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0
$325.00 list($3,999.00)
29. Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced
$39.99 list($129.00)
30. Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
list($209.00)
31. Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
$329.99 list()
32. Red Hat Linux Enterprise ES 3
$79.99 $77.54 list($99.99)
33. Linspire Five.0 CNR Edition
$179.99 $178.95 list($199.99)
34. Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Family Pack
$13.99 list($129.00)
35. Mac OS X 10.1
$24.99 $16.20 list($39.99)
36. Video Professor Starter Pack
$49.99 $11.93 list($84.99)
37. Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.0
list($99.00)
38. Mac OS 9.1
$74.99 $7.99 list($89.99)
39. Suse Linux Professional 9.2 Strong
$899.99 $499.00 list($999.99)
40. Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Server Unlimited

21. Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
list price: $129.99
our price: $109.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000E6NK9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 111
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Super-modern operating system combining the strength of UNIX with the elegance of Macintosh
  • Over 150 new features and significant enhancements to its modern, UNIX-based foundation
  • iChat AV for personal video conferencing in high-quality, full-screen video over the Internet
  • Expose for instant access to any window; displays all open or current-application windows
  • FileVault for keeping your valuable documents safe with powerful AES-128 bit encryption

Reviews (59)

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, so it WAS possible to improve on Jaguar!

Software is funny that way. You can be happy with a release until you see the next generation, then you realize all its deficiencies at once. Now, finally, after 19 years of joy and suffering, with Panther we have what is very nearly the perfect desktop OS for the Mac - until the next one. I rate it 4.9 stars, and I'll round up this time.

If you own anything from 10.1.5 on down and have the supported hardware, the upgrade to Panther is the king of no-brainers. Everything is improved, and improved markedly - features too numerous to mention. It's even a bit faster.

If you're starting with Jaguar, the upgrade is more subtle, and you may want to take your time, maybe wait for 10.3.2 or 10.3.3. However, the improvement in Finder, which now goes by the iTunes model, is so dramatic that you will want to consider upgrading right away. Also, Panther plays really, really nice with a Windows network, which is the cross I have to bear, and if you do to, I think you'll want Panther now.

Deficiencies are mainly in the bundled apps, not the core OS, and they are mainly lack of features that were left off to keep the bundled aps from running away. I'm sure Expose will be great once I get used to it, but now it oftne surprises me when I don't expect it. iCal is nice, and I use it, but it could be a lot more powerful. Address book is beautfully done, and nicely integrated. Mail is generally excellent, but needs more formatting options. I use X11 frequently and it is solid, but there is room for improvement. Preview is very nice, but I wish it could export in more formats. For home use, iPhoto and iMovie are perfect for the casual user (like me), but more serious prosumer photographers and videographers will want unbundled apps like Photoshop or Final Cut Express.

Overall,very nice work by Apple, and will be hard to top. What's next - Tiger?

5-0 out of 5 stars Panther Delivers
Oops! Hit save twice without meaning to, and I can't seem to edit out the rest of this review. Sorry!

I ordered this product because I was suffering some difficulties with an earlier version of OS X (10.2.8), and because this one promised some nice improvements and a speed jump.

Goodness.

Installation was a snap. Several online news sources strongly recommended running disk and permissions repair from the Disk Utility; that took about a half-hour for both--I have a 40GB drive. Then I ran the installer, clicked maybe four buttons, and another twenty minutes later I was running 10.3. Not only does it look cool and contain some fabulous interface improvements--Exposé alone is one of those OS doodads you wonder how you ever got along without, and I can finally run the HP driver for my home-networked DeskJet--but the speed and responsiveness of my computer has bumped--this is a subjective measure, but I think a good one--probably 15-25%.


It's also quite stable--not that earlier versions of OS X weren't, but this one has run like a dream. Running on my PowerBook G3 (Pismo/FireWire/2000 model) for the past week and a half, no bombs (of course--in a year and a half of running X, I've had two kernel panics), few application crashes (actually, I'm not sure I can remember any), and only one glitch: if the "Wake for system administrator" box was checked in the Energy Saver "options" tab, my computer would occasionally wake from sleep, but the monitor would be irrevocably black. Fortunately, I don't need to have a SysOp diddle with my system--if I did, I'd probably drop the review a star.

The new 'quick user change' option is a godsend, since my kids occasionally use my computer, and I like to be able to leave my email, etc, on while theire doing their thing. It's incredibly smooth--the only drawback being that you can't (apparently) have the same application opened by two different users at the same time. That includes the Classic environment. In order to switch between my daughters' accounts, I needed actually to log out, since both of them primarilly use OS 9 edutainment apps. Ah well. That's the one thing I'd love the Apple geniuses to rethink for 10.4!

The wonderful thing is that this OS actually breathes new life into my 3 1/2 year old laptop--think of the last time an operating system upgrade didn't actually SLOW DOWN your vintage computer. The smoothness and the features--especially the HP IP printing driver--make it possible for me now actually to consider jettisoning Classic. I think that's a strong enough endorsement of how terrific this version of OS X is. If you've been putting off upgrading from OS 9 till the system got a bit more mature, your patience has been rewarded; this is a beatiful, fully-grown operating system.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best OS I have ever experienced!!!
Super Awesome OS !!! AAAAAAAAAAA+++++++

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid update!
Solid update, has a lot of nice little changes. However I don't like that you have to pay for it when you've already bought the other.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth as Butter
Although I was familiar with 10.2 from using other computers, I still had Classic on mine and have been so in heaven since upgrading to Panther. It's like a calm wave has washed over my whole experience of my G4. I've been a Mac user for over 15 years and wished for many little improvements over time. With Panther, all of these have been accomplished, and more. Essentially, this OS has taken the (few) superior things Windows had (such as the dock and a more accessible finder), kept the good Mac things, and added an overall fluidity, pleasing aesthetic, and ease-of-use.

There are certain improvements besides those mentioned that make the upgrade to Panther a no-brainer. The most noticeable and helpful of these for me is the improved partitioning between programs, i.e. when you're experiencing a problem with one application, it does not effect the others. So, I can keep working in Word and Mail, for instance, even when my browser crashes (as they are apt to do). Speaking of browser crashes, I experience far fewer with Apple's Safari (that comes with Panther) than I previously did with Explorer. Besides less bugs, it's more streamlined and basically nicer to use than the others.

The other native programs are equally user-friendly and actually quite useful. iCal is the coolest; it lets you subscribe to various calendars from anyone who publishes them (like friends' agendas, company schedules, the many available on icalshare.com, etc.) iPhoto, Address Book, and iTunes are also each very good at what they do.

All in all, Panther has significantly enhanced my productivity and enjoyment of my computer. ... Read more


22. Microsoft Virtual PC 2004
list price: $129.99
our price: $109.99
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Asin: B0000DC67P
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 452
Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Re-architected to ensure that it meets Microsoft's most stringent security standards
  • Support for up to 4 GB of memory and up to 4 network adapters
  • New file-based configuration of virtual machines; OS/2 integration features
  • Virtual machine additions; portable VHDs; differencing and undo disks
  • Virtual disk support; support for most x86 Oses with no custom drivers

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars It works!
This software is great. I have successfully tested Dos 6.22, Windows 3.0, several versions of Linux (Red Hat and Suse), Windows 95 and Windows NT.
I agree with other reviewers that it can be used for recreational purpouses. My case is about retro-ware and retro-gaming. I have to admit that sound emulation is a little tricky for some old games, but overall the product is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 Rocks
This is one of the best emulation software out there in the market. It is so much EASYER to use than VMWare Workstation 4x. You dont have to set up the cd drives or the floppy drives. I think that this is a much better software for beginners.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for creating CCNP or MCSE 2003 labs...
Awesome product, I was previously using Partition Magic 8.0, which works,but you have to reboot and go into your other operating systems. I can now seamlessly boot from one operating system to another, using my sniffer, tftp server, ftp server, protocol generator, etc. you see where I'm going. This along with some free utilities for generating UDP and TCP floods is a great addition for training. Highly recommended!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars I weighed the options.
I compared VMWare 4.0.5 and Virtual PC 2004 (VPC) side-by-side for a couple of weeks and ultimately decided on VPC for it's affordability, larger memory support, and standard S3 Trio video card emulation which greatly improved the guest OS graphics experience (especially for non-Microsoft OSes). I installed multiple instances of Linux (Redhat and Trustix) and they ran surprisingly well though obviously slower than on a dedicated machine. But, for setting-up a multi-network virtual lab where "how" it works was more important to me than "how fast" it was perfect. Using VPC I was easily able to setup a multi-network virtual lab with several routers, DHCP servers, and DNS servers to iron out some complex interaction scenarios.

MS virtual hardware support is not as robust as VMWare however as it seems that you are limited to emulating (4) IDE drives. This wasn't a serious hindrance to me but should be considered.

As of 3/5/2004 MS was offering a 45 day evaluation download from the VPC product page. I heartily recommend this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very cool!
I initially approached this product with one raised eyebrow, however after putting it through the works I can say I am quite pleased with it.

At 1/3 the cost of VMWare's product, this piece of software does the job nicely.

Its marketed mainly as being useful for business and training applications, however I'm willing the speculate that the majority of this product's use will simply be for fun "playgrounds". :-)

I pulled out my old OS/2 and Win 3.11 boxes that have been collecting dust and brought them to life on VPC. Very cool.

Didn't try Linux on it, but it's reported to work. I wouldn't want to run Linux day-to-day on it anyhow, I'll just stick to using partitions and allowing Linux to get full use of computer resources.

At the least, its very cool (and very fun!) to have DOS/Win3.11 under XP. I've now had a reason to break out all my old DOS/Win 3.11 games again. :-) ... Read more


23. Mac OS X Server 10.4 Tiger - Unlimited Clients
list price: $999.99
our price: $939.99
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Asin: B0007LW1NG
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 919
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Amazon.com Product Description

Apple's long awaited new operating system brings more than 200 new features to Mac users. Technically speaking, Tiger boasts an open source core, 64-bit system, and support for the High Definition H.264 video codec. But, every user will enjoy the highlights of this new release: a new search tool, cool new mini applications, real-time RSS feeds in the browser, improved email, amped up audio and visual conferencing, parental controls, automation of tedious, repetitive tasks, and the list goes on.

OS-Level Search: Spotlight
Handled by Tiger's search technology, Spotlight, users may search across documents, images, movies, music, PDFs, email, calendar events, and system preferences with one keyword. Spotlight reviews text content, filenames, and keywords (metadata) applied by users and automatically stored by files to return search results. Results are fast and smart, providing previews of returned files and the ability to filter them by kind, date, people, and location.

  Spotlight Search Return

More Robust Conferencing: iChat AV
iChat AV updates the Panther version with various new features. Enjoy three-dimensional, multi-participant video meetings with better resolution and compression. Conduct audio conferences with up to 10 members utilizing a graphical panel with sound meters for each speaker that indicate who is speaking. Purchase and run your own Tiger server and conduct instant messaging behind your firewall.

iChat Audio Conferencing


iChat Video Conferencing

Parental Controls
Set computer profiles for children using the aptly named Parental Controls and limit their access to system controls, documents, printers, burners, applications, email, chat, and the Web. With multiple profiles, parents can set varying levels of access for each child. Even downloaded or emailed applications are subject to parental approval first.

Drop and Drag Tool Panels: Dashboard
Pull in mini applications from a menu, named the Dashboard, to complete frequent tasks, like tracking flights and stocks or looking up words in the dictionary. Add and rearrange these panels, called "widgets," on your desktop as you choose, and hide or show them with the click of a button. Some other widgets include a calendar, calculator, weather report, yellow pages, language translator and unit converter.


                         Desktop with Dashboard Widgets

Language Translator Widget

Stock Tracking Widget

Automated Repetitive Tasks: Automator
Choose pre-programmed "actions" from a library and automate tedious tasks when they have to be done in bulk, like editing images for slideshows and creating birthdays in the address book. There are hundreds in the can and sure to be more as third-party vendors create and make them available.


Automation of Image Editing Task with Automator


Real-time Browser: Safari

Quickly view news headlines and article summaries from around the world with Tiger's browser, Safari . Take advantage of RSS protocols to get the latest news updates automatically.


Improved Mail

Tiger's email program, Mail, uses Spotlight to manage your mail. Find messages easily and let Mail automatically organize your messages as they come into the box. New photo resizing, archiving, and slideshow options enhance your ability to share and enjoy pictures via email.


Centralized Computer Sync: .Mac Sync
Use .Mac to sync all your Mac computers, wherever they are. .Mac Sync allows you to conveniently sync your Safari bookmarks, iCal appointments, Address Book contacts, passwords, and Mail settings for multiple Mac computers over the Internet.


Automation of Image Editing Task with Automator


VoiceOver

Apple's spoken interface technology, VoiceOver, gives people with visual and learning disabilities equal access to Mac.


Enhanced QuickTime 7

Featuring the new standards-based H.264 video codec, QuickTime 7 brings you incredible video quality with lower data rates and smoother playback.

... Read more

Features

  • Safari RSS technology that delivers the latest news, information and articles from thousands of web sites in one simple-to-read, searchable article list right to your Mac.
  • The latest iChat delivering multi-way video and audio conferencing with true-to-life picture and sound quality.
  • Revolutionary Spotlight technology that lets you search every corner of your Mac instantly: files, emails, contacts, images, movies, calendars and applications. Even save results as Smart Folders that update automatically.
  • A set of nifty, beautifully designed mini-applications called widgets for checking stocks and weather, looking up phone numbers, performing calculations, finding dictionary definitions and more — with one click right from your personal Dashboard.
  • A personal Automator assistant for automating all of your time-consuming, repetitive manual tasks efficiently and effortlessly. It's simple to create custom Workflows just by dragging items, pointing and clicking.

24. Microsoft Works Suite 2005 [Money, Encarta, Picture It, Streets & Trips, Word 2002]
list price: $99.99
our price: $89.99
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Asin: B0002KQOP8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft Software
Sales Rank: 446
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Features

  • Write like a professional with Word 2002
  • Get up and go with Streets & Trips 2005
  • Edit and organize your photos with Picture It! Premium 10
  • Explore the world with Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2005
  • Get those finances in order with Money Standard 2005

25. Microsoft Windows XP Professional Upgrade
list price: $199.00
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Asin: B00005MOTG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 266
Average Customer Review: 3.47 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Windows XP is the operating system release that unifies the Microsoft range, with all the desktop versions now built on the NT/2000 code base rather than the shakier foundation of Windows 95, 98, and Me. That makes XP a great upgrade for users of the now obsolete 9x and Me line, but for those already on Windows 2000 Professional it is a closer call. Despite the similar name, there is no special synergy between Windows XP and Office XP, which works fine on Windows 2000.

XP certainly looks different, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop that on first installation shows only the taskbar and recycle bin. XP is also more customizable than previous versions of Windows, and includes visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. That is the window-dressing, but underneath are some significant improvements. One of the most interesting is Remote Desktop. A standard XP feature, this uses technology from Microsoft Terminal Server to enable users to access their computer over any connection; for example, by dialing into the office from home. This is not just file access--this technology lets you run applications remotely as if you were sitting at your desk at work. This is mature technology, stable and carefully thought-out. So, for example, you can print from a remote word processor to a local printer. A variation on the theme is Remote Assistance, where the user can allow a remote helper to view their desktop, or optionally gain control of the keyboard and mouse, in order to troubleshoot a problem. The feature can also be disabled to ease security concerns.

Laptop users benefit from enhanced power management, with options to extend battery life by reducing CPU speed and display brightness. IrDA support has been fixed so that, unlike Windows 2000, XP can easily use modems in mobile telephones via infrared. A new screen font, ClearType, improves legibility for laptop or other flat screens, and there is built-in support for wireless networking using the popular 802.11 standard. A great feature of XP, also found in Windows 2000, is the ability to synchronize network files with offline copies. Previously these files could not be stored securely, but now they can be encrypted.

For Web browsing, XP comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. The enhancements in IE 6.0 are mainly of interest to Web developers, and in any case Microsoft makes IE freely available to all Windows users. Although Java is not installed by default, it is not difficult to download a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Windows Messenger, originally a chat client, has evolved into a collaboration tool that allows for video conferencing and application sharing.

The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but does prevent most types of unauthorized connection.

Windows XP has strong multimedia features. The new Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. Although there is loss of quality as a result of compression, the process is easy and convenient. Media Player 8.0 can play back DVD video, but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed. You can also play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos, but sadly not the popular RealMedia formats. In the end, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated.

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. The Start menu now automatically features the most frequently used programs at the top of the list, and you can add and remove shortcuts by right-clicking the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walk-throughs.

Windows XP Professional includes all the features of Windows XP Home, and adds support for dual processors, encryptable file system, offline folders, the Remote Desktop as described above, and extra administration features that come into play when connected to a Windows server domain. XP is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum requirements. There is also activation to consider, a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure that requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation, and in the future if you reinstall or make major system changes.

Overall, it's a big step forward for those coming from Windows 9x or Me, and attractive rather than compelling as an upgrade from 2000. --Tim Anderson ... Read more

Reviews (914)

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Steady and Solid -- Well Worth the Price!
I recently upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 98 Second Edition, and I have been THOROUGHLY impressed! With Windows 98 I experienced frequent blue screens and crashes. With Windows XP all of those problems are now history. Also, many of the drivers I needed to load AFTER loading Windows 98 are now already included. My video card drivers were loaded, my CD burner functions were all present, and my scanner worked flawlessly without installing any additional software.

The biggest hurdle with this product is successful installation. If you have older components you may have significant problems getting them to function with the new OS. Some older apps are also likely to have difficulty. My hardware and my software are all fairly current, so I had no trouble.

I have upgraded my newer computer at home with Windows XP, but the older computer at my church study has Windows 98, and will have it for some time. I am reluctant to upgrade because of the installation problems inevitable with the older components.

This product is definitely worth the price, but some persons may need to upgrade components BEFORE upgrading their OS.

If you have a newer or brand new computer and are seeking the smoothest, steadiest and most solid OS, I HIGHLY recommend Windows XP.

2-0 out of 5 stars Horror show
I am not a computer guru but I am very good at fixing problems on my machine and have been using windows since 95. I did a fresh install of XP home edition on Oct 30th. I still have not been able to get my CD writer to work properly. The burner worked fine with M.E. No matter how much I slow the write speed, the disks are corrupt. It burns the disk but the disk cannot be read (sometimes it can). Doesn't matter if it is data or music. This all happened when I installed XP. I have contacted support, updated the driver, replaced my IDE cable. It just does not work (I replaced the writer, just for fun - no change).

Also my DVD player will not read DVD's. I have purchased software to burn CD's and play DVD's that is supposed to work with XP but no luck.

I used to have issues about Microsoft's hardcore piracy protection. I like to reformat sometimes. I have read that you have to contact Microsoft and explain why you are installing again. This used to concern me but it has fallen low on the list.

Since I have installed XP, my machine is horrible at doing the things XP was supposed to be made for. I have had no luck with any support. I think I am going to bail on it. I am a beaten man...

5-0 out of 5 stars MAJOR improvement over '98; Microsoft finally got it right!
I purchased a BYO system and went with an OEM version of XP Home edition. Given Microsoft's track record when coming out with a new OS (always wait at least 1 year to make sure most of the major bugs are out), I was skeptical; but, to my surprise I have been VERY pleased with XP so far. I leave my computer on 24/7, and I have not seen ONE B.S.O.D. since I installed it a month ago. In fact, I have not had to restart my computer ONE time due to a system crash/lockup.
I was also concerned about having to download drivers for all of my peripherals and plug-in cards; but again, Microsoft surprised me! My printer, network card, cd-rw drive, video card and gamepad installed almost instantly without me doing anything! XP comes preloaded with MANY drivers, and when the device is plugged in XP instantly recognizes it and loads the correct driver before your even done sitting down. No hardware wizard to mess with . . . just a quick painless install.
My recommendation? Backup all your files, wipe out your hard drive and install XP from scratch (NOT as an upgrade or on top of '98). This will ensure you get the smoothest operation. Also, as mentioned, XP may not support some older devices; but if it's not supported it's probably time for you to get a new one anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Professional
I have been a freelance translator for the past 15 years; and as such, was forced to learn how to operate a computer at a rather advanced age. That was during 1990. I started with a plain little computer, no WYSIWYG. . .and I can't even remember what the operating system was, but it was, most assuredly built by Bill Gates and was not yet "Windows".
I have FINALLY GRADUATED to this WONDERFUL version of Windows. . Windows XP Professional, the zenith of operating systems. I assure anyone who is reading this, that it is a most worthwhile investment. No more crashes. The computer even TELLS YOU when it has "indigestion". I love it. I cannot believe how good it is. I recommend it most heartily to everyone. You will certainly not be sorry once you load it on to your computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Turned my Dinosaur PC into a Performer
When I had Windows 98, my computer had a lot of problems. It was always stalling, it was unstable, and practically froze on me 2 times a day over an 8 hour usage. When I installed Windows XP the difference was completely noticeable. I stopped getting the stupid errors on the screen, and my computers functionality and power increased at least by 210%. Windows Xp has its downside though. It still has a compatibility problem with really old programs, (Try Nisus Missle Master 2.5 made back in 1992, for example). But who cares? All I've ever wanted is a computer that can go beyond its limits. Now, with Windows XP, your computer can pass every limit ever made. ... Read more


26. Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Upgrade
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00005MOTE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 524
Average Customer Review: 3.47 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Packed with multimedia features, Windows XP Home Edition aims to unlock the full potential of your personal computer. It also looks great, with rounded window corners, larger and more detailed icons, and a clean-look desktop.

The best thing about Windows XP is that, because it belongs to the Windows NT/2000 product family, it's designed from the ground up for reliability, security, and networking. XP Home users will soon see the benefits of this. The dreaded Windows crash-and-reboot cycle really is much less common with XP, and, provided the hardware is up to scratch, XP's performance is better, too. The downside is that using a different code base can make compatibility with old applications less assured. Business applications normally run fine, but older games, MIDI software, and system utilities may well cause problems.

Windows XP is more customizable than previous versions, including its visual themes that let you change the whole appearance of Windows in an instant. Fast User Switching is a neat feature for computers used by more than one person--it lets another user log on without killing the previous user's session, and when you switch back, running applications and open documents are as you left them. This is impressive, but what really counts is that XP understands how to deal with multiple users. Each user has their own special folders, such as My Documents, which cannot be seen by other users. And for those with more than one computer, the network setup wizard simplifies setting up a network.

Windows XP Home has many strong multimedia features. New Media Player lets you copy music from CD to hard disk, create your own playlist, and write your own music CDs if you have a CD writer. You can also play back DVD-Video (but only if a hardware or software DVD decoder is already installed) and play MP3 audio files and MPEG videos (but sadly not the popular RealMedia formats). Admittedly, Media Player does nothing that you cannot also do with free alternatives, but it is slick and nicely integrated. There is also Windows Movie Maker, a basic tool for capturing and editing videos that's fun to use, although too limited for serious work.

For Web browsing, XP Home comes with Internet Explorer 6.0 and MSN Explorer. The most significant new feature for Internet users is the built-in firewall. A firewall protects against one of the most disturbing security risks, in which other users unknown to you might connect to your computer while it is online, reading private files or causing other damage. XP's built-in firewall is a simple affair, but it does prevent most types of unauthorized connections.

The XP user interface is not a radical departure from earlier versions of Windows, but there are a number of small changes that together add up to a significant improvement. For example, you can add and remove shortcuts from the Start menu by right-clicking on the icon and selecting Pin or Unpin from the pop-up menu. Windows online help is integrated into a Help and Support Center that works like an internal Web site, with searchable help, tutorials, and walkthroughs. Laptop or other flat-screen users can set Windows to use ClearType for screen fonts, for a more readable display.

There are, of course, some pitfalls. Windows XP Home is demanding on hardware, and it would be a mistake to install it on less than Microsoft's recommended minimum. Business users note: unlike Windows 98 or Me, XP Home Edition cannot join a Windows server domain, so the networking is peer-to-peer only--see Windows XP Professional Edition Upgrade for this functionality. There is also no multiprocessor support, and a mildly annoying anti-piracy measure requires you to obtain a code from Microsoft for full installation and any future system changes. But don't let that put you off: this is Microsoft's best Windows yet. --Tim Anderson ... Read more

Reviews (914)

5-0 out of 5 stars Smooth, Steady and Solid -- Well Worth the Price!
I recently upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 98 Second Edition, and I have been THOROUGHLY impressed! With Windows 98 I experienced frequent blue screens and crashes. With Windows XP all of those problems are now history. Also, many of the drivers I needed to load AFTER loading Windows 98 are now already included. My video card drivers were loaded, my CD burner functions were all present, and my scanner worked flawlessly without installing any additional software.

The biggest hurdle with this product is successful installation. If you have older components you may have significant problems getting them to function with the new OS. Some older apps are also likely to have difficulty. My hardware and my software are all fairly current, so I had no trouble.

I have upgraded my newer computer at home with Windows XP, but the older computer at my church study has Windows 98, and will have it for some time. I am reluctant to upgrade because of the installation problems inevitable with the older components.

This product is definitely worth the price, but some persons may need to upgrade components BEFORE upgrading their OS.

If you have a newer or brand new computer and are seeking the smoothest, steadiest and most solid OS, I HIGHLY recommend Windows XP.

2-0 out of 5 stars Horror show
I am not a computer guru but I am very good at fixing problems on my machine and have been using windows since 95. I did a fresh install of XP home edition on Oct 30th. I still have not been able to get my CD writer to work properly. The burner worked fine with M.E. No matter how much I slow the write speed, the disks are corrupt. It burns the disk but the disk cannot be read (sometimes it can). Doesn't matter if it is data or music. This all happened when I installed XP. I have contacted support, updated the driver, replaced my IDE cable. It just does not work (I replaced the writer, just for fun - no change).

Also my DVD player will not read DVD's. I have purchased software to burn CD's and play DVD's that is supposed to work with XP but no luck.

I used to have issues about Microsoft's hardcore piracy protection. I like to reformat sometimes. I have read that you have to contact Microsoft and explain why you are installing again. This used to concern me but it has fallen low on the list.

Since I have installed XP, my machine is horrible at doing the things XP was supposed to be made for. I have had no luck with any support. I think I am going to bail on it. I am a beaten man...

5-0 out of 5 stars MAJOR improvement over '98; Microsoft finally got it right!
I purchased a BYO system and went with an OEM version of XP Home edition. Given Microsoft's track record when coming out with a new OS (always wait at least 1 year to make sure most of the major bugs are out), I was skeptical; but, to my surprise I have been VERY pleased with XP so far. I leave my computer on 24/7, and I have not seen ONE B.S.O.D. since I installed it a month ago. In fact, I have not had to restart my computer ONE time due to a system crash/lockup.
I was also concerned about having to download drivers for all of my peripherals and plug-in cards; but again, Microsoft surprised me! My printer, network card, cd-rw drive, video card and gamepad installed almost instantly without me doing anything! XP comes preloaded with MANY drivers, and when the device is plugged in XP instantly recognizes it and loads the correct driver before your even done sitting down. No hardware wizard to mess with . . . just a quick painless install.
My recommendation? Backup all your files, wipe out your hard drive and install XP from scratch (NOT as an upgrade or on top of '98). This will ensure you get the smoothest operation. Also, as mentioned, XP may not support some older devices; but if it's not supported it's probably time for you to get a new one anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows XP Professional
I have been a freelance translator for the past 15 years; and as such, was forced to learn how to operate a computer at a rather advanced age. That was during 1990. I started with a plain little computer, no WYSIWYG. . .and I can't even remember what the operating system was, but it was, most assuredly built by Bill Gates and was not yet "Windows".
I have FINALLY GRADUATED to this WONDERFUL version of Windows. . Windows XP Professional, the zenith of operating systems. I assure anyone who is reading this, that it is a most worthwhile investment. No more crashes. The computer even TELLS YOU when it has "indigestion". I love it. I cannot believe how good it is. I recommend it most heartily to everyone. You will certainly not be sorry once you load it on to your computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Turned my Dinosaur PC into a Performer
When I had Windows 98, my computer had a lot of problems. It was always stalling, it was unstable, and practically froze on me 2 times a day over an 8 hour usage. When I installed Windows XP the difference was completely noticeable. I stopped getting the stupid errors on the screen, and my computers functionality and power increased at least by 210%. Windows Xp has its downside though. It still has a compatibility problem with really old programs, (Try Nisus Missle Master 2.5 made back in 1992, for example). But who cares? All I've ever wanted is a computer that can go beyond its limits. Now, with Windows XP, your computer can pass every limit ever made. ... Read more


27. Microsoft Windows 2000 Server (5-Client)
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Windows 2000 Server provides the ease of administration, reliability, and scalability needed by any business. This edition is bundled with the new Internet Information Server (IIS) 5.0 and contains built-in support for up to four CPUs. With a wide variety of new server technologies and tools, this new OS raises the bar for powering applications with Intel hardware, both on and off the Web.

While Windows NT 4.0 certainly won points for ease of administration and a wide range of tools for Web applications, Windows 2000 marks a significant increase in reliability and performance. For one thing, Microsoft has worked hard to reduce the need to reboot this operating system, and with support for plug-and-play, you can change hardware and software settings while keeping your server online.

The technology behind Windows 2000 offers new integration of cutting-edge technologies for today's multitiered Web applications. Under Windows NT, various server-side features were spread out among different tools. Windows 2000 integrates transaction and resource management, message queuing, and distributed objects into its new COM+ standard. The powers of COM+ and the new emphasis on reliability and scalability add up to a Web platform you can entrust with more and more of your business.

Of course, ease of administration is still a strength. Windows 2000 offers both browser-based and stand-alone tools for simplifying Web, software, and hardware administration. A significant new technology here is the Active Directory standard (based in part on LDAP), which can simplify maintaining corporate directories. (For instance, phone numbers for your entire organization can now be stored in a single place.) With some planning, Windows 2000 is ready to reduce your administration TCO, with support for such features as pushing software installations to clients. New policy-based administration makes it a snap to manage accounts and security settings.

Whether you are new to Windows or upgrading from NT, Windows 2000 offers a truly compelling array of technologies and tools for getting more reliability and performance out of Windows and the Intel platform. It's a server-side solution that can do serious work for any business organization--for both its corporate intranet and Internet presence. --Richard Dragan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Microsoft Operating System YET
I'm new to networking, but have had wonderful success with this operating system on my home network. Rather intuitive for the most part.

I have a mixed environment of clients: NT 4.0, and Win2k Professional. Getting everything running was easy. The Server wizards help tremendously - - especially for newbies like myself.

I'm still learning quite a bit almost daily. I have SQL 7.0 running, my own web server (IIS), and Microsoft Exchange 5.5.

Very stable operating system. Great security. Great interface.

I'm especially fond of the support for: USB devices, plug-and-play, and Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (allows the computer to hibernate/power down devices). Another great feature is the sharing of IRQ's. That made me nervous at first, since normally devices didn't IRQ's (interrupt addresses) well in earlier versions of Windows.

One piece of advice: don't install anything that isn't certified or isn't created to run on Windows 2000 Server. Although the operating system is tolerant, an errant piece of hardware or software could create more headaches than you may be ready for.

IIS (Internet Information Services) is included - which allows you to host your own web server. ASP (Active Server Pages) - a feature of IIS allows you to program interactivity in your web pages - - bringing them to life.

1-0 out of 5 stars ...
It's cludgy, unreliable and highly vulnerable to security breaches; for much less money there are far more intelligent choices.

5-0 out of 5 stars Rocks - build web server with it NOW!
Has everything you need for a small to medium size web site: Web, DNS, SMTP, FTP,etc. Speed is phenomenal. NEVER goes down!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Slow but steady.
So far, I'm impressed with 2000's stability, although it is EXTREMELY slow. I am running it on a GHZ Athlon with 655MBpc133 so it's kinda strange that it runs so slow. I am slowly learning about the various tools that it comes with, and most of it is reletively intuitive.
I am slightly puzzled by a few features, but tutorials online are easy to find.
Personally, I am impressed by the framerate that I get in benchmarking utilities, if not in the OS.

All in all, If you are in need of an overly expensive operating system that WILL NOT DIE, It's great. Otherwise, avoid it like the plauge.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great OS!
I upgraded to this from Windows 98, and I never had experience running a server before. From the moment I put in the CD I knew I would love this OS. It is very easy to use, and within a day I had a http and ftp server running perfectly (I had no experence setting them up before). This OS is also much more stable than Win 95/98/ME. It has only crashed on me a few times in 4 months! The only bad thing about this OS is that it can not run any DOS program, so this is not the ideal OS for old skool gamers. All in all this OS is definetly worth the price. ... Read more


28. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 7.0 with Windows 2000
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29. Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server (25-Client)
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Sales Rank: 4509
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Windows 2000 Server family includes Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. Windows 2000 Advanced Server is the successor to the proven enterprise-class operating system, Windows NT Server 4.0, Enterprise Edition.Windows 2000 Advanced Server provides enhanced scalability and availability with two-node application failover clustering, 32-node network load balancing, support for eight-way symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP), and support for up to 8 GB of memory with Intel physical address extensions (PAE). ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars This is a horrible operating system!
Windows 2000 does not run any computer games at all! If you want a operating system that runs Computer games, I recommend Windows 98 or XP. Do not buy Windows 2000. Its a waste of money. You will regret if you buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Access 2000 is incredible
I've programmed for 6 years in visual basic and oracle. I purchased my copy of access 2000 and continue building applications faster and better. I love the development environment for creating forms, reports, and vb code in access 2000. Its so easy and no class structures.

1-0 out of 5 stars If you are use to MicroSoft products ...
This rating system requires that I choose from 1-5 stars. I actually selected the "-", but it would not publish the review.

If you are use to MicroSoft products, this is an improvement over the norm. However, to get a full functional server (security, e-mail, HTML, ...) with MicroSoft technology the cost is in the thousands and when you try to run all the services on a single server ... well, its not pretty. Go with UNIX - it works.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great OS!
I upgraded to this from Windows 98, and I never had experience running a server before. From the moment I put in the CD I knew I would love this OS. It is very easy to use, and within a day I had a http and ftp server running perfectly (I had no experence setting them up before). This OS is also much more stable than Win 95/98/ME. It has only crashed on me a few times in 4 months! The only bad thing about this OS is that it can not run any DOS program, so this is not the ideal OS for old skool gamers. All in all this OS is definetly worth the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll Never Go Back...
I've used Windows 95 and 98 for the past 5 years. Both crashed relatively frequently - of course, I thought ALL operating systems did that.

Until now.

I bought Windows 2000 Advanced Server and installed it. Differences were immediately apparent - quick, painless startups, much better memory allocation, more virtual memory, and much more. But I didn't understand how good Win2K is until, about 2 weeks later, I realized that the computer hadn't frozen at all during those weeks!

Whenever I use Windows 98 now, I'm amazed that I managed to get anything done. I've had less crashes using Windows 2000 in a month than I used to have in a day of Windows 98. ... Read more


30. Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
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Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 1335
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Referred to by its code name, Jaguar, Mac OS X 10.2 contains more than 150 newfeatures and provides significant enhancements to its modern, Unix-based foundation.From AOL-compatible instant messaging to advanced junk mail filtering and arevolutionary Web search tool, Jaguar is as innovative as the computers that run it.

With iChat, the AOL-compatible instant messenger, you can chat with your AOL andMac.com buddies through a fun, easy-to-use interface. Sherlock 3, the new Web searchtool, delivers stock quotes, maps, restaurants, and more without a browser. QuickTime 6supports MPEG-4, the new worldwide standard for playing and viewing pro-quality audioand video over the Internet. This new version also includes Rendezvous, a revolutionarynetworking technology that lets you link computers and devices instantly without anyconfiguration.

Another cool new feature is Inkwell, which lets you write on a graphics tablet, andJaguar turns your handwriting into typed text at the cursor in any application. Andwith new compatibility built into Mac OS X 10.2, sharing files, using Windows documents,and connecting to a Windows network have never been easier. And it easily runs MicrosoftOffice. For business users, Jaguar comes with Active Directory interoperability, and witha PPTP-based VPN (virtual private network) client that allows Mac users to connect remotelyto Windows corporate networks.

Jaguar's complete suite of professional-quality developer tools now features GCC 3.1, whichradically improves C++ build times and standards compliance. The updated Interface Buildermakes it easier to group, lock, and drag Aqua controls between windows for rapid user-interfacecreation. And, perhaps best of all, these professional tools are still included with everycopy of Jaguar, empowering Java, C, and AppleScript Studio developers to do their best workon the Macintosh platform. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Recent upgrade was well worth it.
I've been working with OS X for several months now. MY resistance to upgrading to Jaguar (OS X.2) was based primarily on the fact that I bought a new iMac last year and didn't want to shell out more money for the new OS. Finally, I gave in. And it was worth the time and effort.

Jaguar has a cleaner, faster interface to work in. Start-up is much faster. It's a more stable system than OS X (which is saying something, because OS X was already the most stable Mac OS).

The Mail client is also improved immensely over the previous version.

Jaguar includes iChat (instant messaging software), Mail, Address Book, and downloads are available for iSync (basically allows you to port your info from home to work and back seamlessly), iCal (scheduling software), and the new Safari web browser. (A warning though, at this writing Safari is still in Beta testing and definitely needs refining before going live.)

Put this together with the iLife software package (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD), and you've got yourself one great computer system.

As usual, Apple is letting third parties write their manuals. You'll have to buy those separately if you want them. However, this time they've included an interactive "Getting Started" CD which will get the novice up and running in Jaguar without too much stress.

5-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but worth every penny
Buy this upgrade!!

While not a true switcher (as I run a high end Win XP Pro PC(2.4 ghz dual Intel cpu 2 gig ram (Money) Pro-graphics card and the fantastic Sony GWM-FW900 24" wide screen monitor) for (Money) a seat 3d CAD/CAM software)

But to replace my ageing Dell 800 p-3 mostly used for games and fun with Linux) as a main home computer

I bought a top of the line iMac 800 G-4 super drive in March to see what all the fuss was about ref OS-X. as I am an old Unix geek thought it would make a nice BAD Unix toy if this Apple thing did not work out and it was so fine to look at as an industrial design engineer.

So if any one was entitled to be miffed with Apple at the full price on this 'point' upgrade it was I.

Well this is NO 'point' upgrade! this is like going from Wi 98sp2 to XP pro SP1 only much more so not only Was X 10.1.5 rock solid on the iMac G-4 this 10.2 is faster and better in every way in very subtle ways

If I could get my work software ported to OS-X I would have a dual G4-1.25 Ghz driving my Sony MFW-900 in a moment

I am a total convert to the fantastic beauty of this OS and I Have ordered Ashlar Velum Cobalt to see if it can replace my work PC software on a Mac

4-0 out of 5 stars Substantial improvement
This is a very stable, incredibly smooth OS. It launches at lightning speed, is very intuitive and the learning curve is very short. If there is a downside, compatible professional graphic software is in short supply. It is a huge improvement over Windows and previous Mac OS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazon reviews: Now featuring False Information!
Mac OS X does not disable built-in floppy drives. Mac OS X runs better on computers that are built for it. Running it on a Beige G3 is like running Windows on a 486; you can do it, but it doesn't mean you should. Crashes occour from poorly-designed APPLICATIONS, not OS X. I have had OS X for over a year, and I have had only 2 'kernel panics' (full system lockups). hbj200 is wrong about the 1%. it's more like 8% and growing rapidly, and everyone uses Windows because they believe Bill's propaganda. There is more documentation about digital cameras that networking in OS 10.2 because of Rendezvous (Stable, Efficient Networking for Dummies)

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is awesome
The best Mac OS yet. I'm amazed each day at the capabilities of this operating system. I haven't had to restart in nearly 5 months! This IS the smoothest, best looking, best running operating system I have EVER used! ... Read more


31. Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
list price: $209.00
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Asin: B00004W62O
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Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 3018
Average Customer Review: 2.41 out of 5 stars
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With the cutely named Windows Me (for Millennium Edition), Microsoftraises the bar a bit with a new operating system that you'll certainly want toconsider for your next new PC. While this version will probably not be acompelling upgrade for most Windows 95/98 users, the newest member of theWindows operating-system family bundles a number of minor improvements aimed atmaking computing life easier for home users.

There are several noteworthy features in Windows Me, even if no one featurereally stands out. First, we liked that Windows Me boots noticeably faster. Thereason is that the underpinnings of DOS have been removed from this new release.One result of this absence is that you can no longer boot to a command window asin Windows 95/98 without special diskettes. (Also, don't expect Windows Me tosupport older hardware that uses virtual device drivers written in the days ofyore.) Of course, you can still run DOS command sessions within Windows Me.

Besides removing legacy support for DOS, Windows Me adds several otherimprovements to reliability. The most important is that every 10 hours or so,the operating system automatically backs up its system files (just like Windows2000), thus reducing the chance of your system being corrupted. Windows Me alsoborrows the TCP/IP stack (the low-level code that connects to the Internet) fromWindows 2000, meaning you should have slightly more reliable networkingconnections. For laptop users, you can also hibernate a session and restore itquickly, another feature borrowed from Windows 2000.

The personality of Windows Me also changed a bit for the better. Principally,you can take advantage of personalized menus, which show the most frequentlyaccessed menu choices on the Start bar and hide the others. (This feature isalso based on Windows 2000, but don't worry, you can turn it off.) InternetExplorer 5.5 is bundled here; so is support for working with compressed Zipfiles, which no longer require an add-on.

Microsoft has been touting the multimedia capabilities of the new Windows Me.There's a built-in video editor for video files, and the operating system makesit easy to connect to today's video cameras, scanners, and digital cameras. Butwithout built-in support for Real Media files, these features probably won'tplease everybody.

So what's the verdict on Windows Me? Provided you have recent hardware, thereare some good reasons to upgrade, but most users will want to stick with theircurrent OS. If you are buying a new system, by all means choose Windows Meinstead of Windows 98. Even though it isn't a major release for most users,Windows Me shows that Microsoft has done its homework when it comes to improvingthe computing experience for consumers. --Rich Dragan ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A so-so release from the Big M
It's not quite 98 and it's not quite XP, and it shows. For those of you looking to upgrade from 9x to ME, think twice: there is no real-mode DOS support in ME. If you rely heavily on DOS applications or play a lot of DOS-based game, stick with or upgrade to 98se. As for hardware support, ME does a satisfactory job of detecting older pieces, however the actual driver database is rather small, meaning that even if it detects your hardware, you may be required to load the correct drivers from a floppy or CD, or download them off the Internet. However, based on my experiences with my old HP DeskJet 600C, ME correctly detected it and installed the correct driver. I've used ME on my old Gateway G6-400 (PII 400, 128 MB SDRAM), and it ran fine. I was able to edit digital video, edit and share my digital photos, as well as enjoy numerous applications including my NES and SNES emulators (although I did have to run Windows Update in order to retrieve the latest version of DirectX).

Like previous versions of Windows, security is a problem. By default NetBIOS is enabled as well as several "phone home" programs (Automatic Updating, automatic codec downloads for WMP, etc.). With the correct tweaks and a working knowledge of computer security, ME is a breeze to secure. Furthermore, it appears that ME is prone to crashing as often as previous versions of Windows. Not to contradict myself, while ME functioned properly 80% of the time on my machine, there were times when it would continually crash upon loading or it would just not load. I have since switched to Linux as my main operating system, but I still use ME for CD-burning and gaming. For those who don't wish to plunk down $200 for XP or bother with Microsoft's privacy-snatching product activiation, ME is a good choice for both novices and experienced users.

5-0 out of 5 stars Geez.
I've read a lot of people's reviews, and seriously, they don't even used it as long as I did. I've been able to use my webcam, microphone, etc. and many other programs with this OS. It's the PERSON who doesn't know how to use it. The difference with Windows ME from Windows XP is that it has better security from hackers and it's also less buggy. Windows XP is an NT-based OS while ME still has it's base from Win95/Win98, which shows that it's still capable of having a really awesome performance. I totally recommend this product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Luck
It is the worst operating systerm I have ever used. I can't hook my webcam or microphone up. DO NOT buy this product!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Win ME is a DISASTER!!! VERY UNSTABLE O.S.!!!
2 and a half years ago, I purchased a major brand PC that came bundled with Windows ME. I cannot overemphasize how unstable and prone to daily crashes, freezeups, and error messages this lousy operating system is!!! The PC has plenty of muscle, with over 300 MB of RAM (expanded), and a P3, 1 gig processor. Obviously more than enough power for Win ME. To add insult to injury, even the 'control alt delete' function' didn't work in many instances when I needed to get out of a frozen screen! Multiple e-mails and calls to Microsoft were NEVER returned! I realize Gates is in the catbird seat when it comes to operating systems for PC's, BUT you would think that THE major international giant for this kind of software would put more effort in creating and TESTING a major consumer O.S. BEFORE releasing it, and that they would care enough to issue recalls for it, or at least answer any customer service inquiries regarding this dog of a system. My respect for Microsoft has plummeted bigtime after being saddled with an essentially inoperable O.S. that hinders my productivity. What a black eye for Microsoft and a waste of money for consumers. Let's not even get started if you want to count all the aggravation and agita Win ME is responsible for!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars I'm upgrading to XP
"With the cutely named Windows Me (for Millennium Edition), Microsoft raises the bar a bit with a new operating system that you'll certainly want to consider for your next new PC." -Editorial Review

I have ME on my desktop computer and I have so many problems with it, that I rarely use it. I have XP on my laptop computer and find it much easier to use with fewer problems.

I constantly have to restart my ME computer because I get the blue "System Not Responding" screen. I have also had a lot of software trouble with ME. I can't even install AOL 9.0 because ME refuses to run the program.

So, I have to spend the extra money to upgrade to XP on my desktop, but as long as it runs better, I'm not going to complain. I would just like to use the computer after paying as much as I did for it. ... Read more


32. Red Hat Linux Enterprise ES 3 Basic X86

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33. Linspire Five.0 CNR Edition
list price: $99.99
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Manufacturer: Linspire, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1335
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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


34. Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Family Pack
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0000E6NKA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 1595
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Super-modern operating system combining the strength of UNIX with the elegance of Macintosh
  • Over 150 new features and significant enhancements to its modern, UNIX-based foundation
  • iChat AV for personal video conferencing in high-quality, full-screen video over the Internet
  • Expose for instant access to any window; displays all open or current-application windows
  • FileVault for keeping your valuable documents safe with powerful AES-128 bit encryption

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best & most secure OS's
This is one of the best & most secure OS's one can buy. Works great! I don't think I can add anything else that the other reviewers have already said.

2-0 out of 5 stars 10.3 now top notch but lousy license
When 10.3 was initially released it had an unduly restrictive Family Pack license and did not handle multiple computers on the same internet connection properly.
The latest update 10.3.2 solves the software problems.
However, the the 10.3 Family Pack and the iLife Family Pack license have exactly the same language -

"as long as those computers are located in the same household and used by persons who occupy that same household".

For those who respect intellectual property and read their licenses carefully, this means that the 10.3 Family Pack cannot be installed on a Powerbook which then is taken outside the same household nor on another Mac located at another of your personal residences. Apple has confirmed that this is the correct interpretation of their license language.

All Apple had to do with both Family Pack licenses is change
"located in the same household and used by" to
"located in the same household OR used by".

Unfortunately the lawyers cannot seem to agree with that simple change so don't waste your money on the Family Pack unless you can comply with the license or choose to ignore it.

5-0 out of 5 stars 10.3 now top notch
When 10.3 was initially released it had an unduly restrictive Family Pack license and did not handle multiple computers on the same internet connection properly.
The latest update 10.3.2 solves the software problems and Apple is rewriting the Family Pack license to allow installation on multiple computers including ones taken out of the primary residence.
With these fixes 10.3 and the Family Pack are a great deal - particularly for people who respect intellectual property rights.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Deal
For a single computer, 129 dollars is a completely reasonable price for Panther, but when you have multiple computers at home like I do, it adds up to a bit more than I care to spend.

However I am also 100% opposed to pirating software.

Thank goodness that Apple has provided this very affordable package licensing option. Now I can legally install Panther on all 4 of our Macs for less than what it would cost to buy the single user license for just 2 computers.

Why doesn't Microsoft offer something like this for Windows?

5-0 out of 5 stars License clarification
Peter F. Carpenter writes: "This means that I cannot install the Panther software on the Macs located in my other two personal residences nor can a take by Powerbook with the Panther software installed on it out of my house."

No, that's not what the license means. The license says "computers are located in the same household", and defines 'household' as " person or persons sharing the same housing unit such as a home".

Household does not mean "house". It refers to a group of cohabitating people, not the physical structure in which they live. I expect "household" would also apply to second homes owned by a family, but would not apply to homes owned by extended family. So your uncle Joe in the next state wouldn't be eligible to participate in the family pack, but your Mac in your vacation home in the next state would.

There is no problem removing a powerbook from your house, unless you are also removing yourself from the household (ie, the family unit). If your wife kicks you to the curb and asks for a divorce, you may need a new license. If you're just going down to Starbucks, or on a business trip, or to work, I expect you're okay. ... Read more


35. Mac OS X 10.1
list price: $129.00
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Asin: B00005QVGV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 539
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Mac OS X, Apple's next-generation operating system, debuted to great enthusiasm, but ultimately left users wanting more: more speed, more applications, more usefulness. Sure, it looked pretty, but you had to boot up into OS 9 when it came time to do some real work. That has all changed with the recent release of Mac OS X 10.1.

Improvements across the board within the operating system and support from numerous vendors have made OS X a viable upgrade. Internal improvements have brought the performance and reliability up to professional levels, while software from such vendors as Canon, Epson, and Hewlett-Packard make compatible a wide variety of printers and scanners. As soon as 10.1 was released, we upgraded our Dual G4/450 with nothing but positive results. With multiple hard drives on our system, we're able to dedicate drives for booting into either OS 9 or OS X, thus ensuring backward compatibility.

However, since upgrading over a month ago, the only times we've needed to boot into OS 9 was for using a FireWire card reader (for reading compact flash cards from a digital camera) and only because the drivers aren't yet available. But you don't need a high-speed G4 to use 10.1. It's now become the default OS on our PowerBook G3/400 (FireWire model), responding quickly and running reliably. Airport networking works flawlessly, and Internet and intranet access is rock solid.

In addition to performance improvements, Apple has added DVD-video playback. Since OS X is a true multitasking operating system, you haven't really watched a DVD until you've made it a half-size window in the background while checking e-mail, shopping at Amazon.com, and copying files at the same time--without skipping a frame. iTunes for OS X will play and encode music, as well as burn audio CDs using an internal or external CD-R/RW drive. If you need to burn data CDs, simply insert a blank disc. OS X will detect it, and ask how you'd like to format it: Mac/PC data or audio CD?

Additional improvements in AppleScripting, a customizable dock, video card and printer drivers, and networking add to the appeal. One important missing feature is the ability to print to a remote USB printer. With OS 9, Apple included the USB Printer Sharing control panel, which allowed remote Macs to print to any USB-connected printer on a local Mac. This worked flawlessly for us when printing from our PowerBook to an Epson 1280 connected to our G4. However, there seems to be no such facility for printing to remote USB printers under OS X. Aside from that, OS X 10.1 on a contemporary Mac is a solid performer and a glimpse of how things ought to work. --Mike Caputo ... Read more

Reviews (51)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best OS out there. Period.
I used to hate Macs especially because of their OS. It was old, unstable and Mac users had to wait ages for updates which they had to pay to get.

Well, MacOS X, is by far the most complete and beautifully engineered OS out there (at least on a commercial basis). It is based on NeXT (using the Mach ker.nel) and BSD -- a feature which offers a lot to someone coming from a UNIX platform -- and clearly the best GUI out there.

Some may argue that it is not as polished as it could, but, hey, what is? Windows or Linux? Besides, Apple is releasing free *until now* revisions for download every couple of months and it has improved a lot since 10.0. (the current version at the time of writing is 10.1.2). Release 10.2 is rumoured to have great new features old Mac users requested as well as more language packs and a speedier Quartz. (the graphics engine)

I recommend this to anyone open-minded enough to leave windows behind him/her.

5-0 out of 5 stars Apple At Its Best
With the release of 10.1.3, Apple has really elevated the Macintosh platform to the next level. Internet, e-mail, digital photography, MP3 music, and even home movies are all easy to view, create, store, and enjoy. With the power of UNIX underlying the user friendly interface, many developers are now using this platform to develop applications using a variety of tools including Cocoa, Applescript, Objective C, and Java.

I use applications such as Microsoft Office, Quicken 2002, Palm HotSync, Photoshop, GoLive, and Watson everyday. No longer is it necessary to revert to "Classic" mode.

Now you can connect to WiFi (802.11b) networks and Bluetooth enabled devices. Internet setup is simple and multi-homing automatically ensures that you are connected if you switch between dial-up, ethernet, and wireless connections.

Security is also top-notch thanks to the UNIX core. OS 10.1.3 has a built in firewall that can be tweaked to your individual preference. If you enjoy serving web pages, this system has a built in implementation of Apache. You can add PHP, MySQL, and other tools to build an advanced web serving platform.

If you have a Macintosh and you do not have OS 10.1.3, you are not taking full advantage of your computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars OS X Reaches Maturity
I'm a small business owner and have hesitated upgrading to OS X from "Classic 9.x" until I felt that it would help me in my business, rather then create a lot of work in trying to debug things.

OS X 10.1 seems to have reached this level. I run it now constantly on my G4 Cube and it is THE most stable OS I have ever used (either from Apple or other MS or Unix-based systems). The system stays up 99.99+% of the time, running MS Entourage and some other Classic applications in the background, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

I even run our Windows-only QuickBooks Pro accounting software through Virtual PC's excellent emulation software, native on X! This is one giant step forward for computing needs at work or at home. Plugging in a digital camera through USB or Firewire works flawless and automatic. The interface is beautiful and intuitive and you can feel the power of the Unix engine underlying the software without having to know anything about it.

I just upgraded all our office iMacs and iBooks with memory (cheap these days!) and will network OS X exclusively in the near future.

2-0 out of 5 stars Watch out for USB driver problems and kernel panics
Six months into using OS -X started having Kernel panics (Apple's blue secreen of death). Not running non-Apple programs, multi-tasking, or running peculiar non-standard hardware (Logitech tracball, HP printer/scanner). 5 trips to the repair shop - new hard drive, new RAM, new system board, upgrade to 10.2.8; 4 phone calls to Apple "Support." Kernel panics returned. Lots of web searches - found lots of boards where people have the same experience, and found the only permanent solution was downgrading to OS9 or upgrading to OS 10.3. "Support" denies it's poor USB software.

4-0 out of 5 stars I love OS X, but be wary of the server version
my advice is to make sure you need it before you buy it, but if you know you need it, then buy it. How will you know? If you need it, you would already know that you do. If you don't know that you need server version, then you probably don't need it. Most day to day tasks are done by the normal version of the os in ways that are much simpler than the server tools. Now you do get a variety of nice things with the unlimited client, such as server managment systems, monitoring systems, etc., but if you are just doing a basic install without a complex networking or users/groups system, then you probably should try to do what you need to do with a 10.1 or 10.2 and see if you actually have to own the server. I would say the ideal application of a server install is for a medium to large lab install using netboot, where the actual cost of doing it via server will lower the TCO significantly. ... Read more


36. Video Professor Starter Pack
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B0000EZ1NW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Video Professor
Sales Rank: 605
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Features

  • Learn Windows 98, Me, XP gives you a heads-up with the world's most popular operating system -- quick and easy lessons show you everything you need to know
  • Learn Outlook 2000 & 2002 is designed to show you what Outlook can really do -- it's far more than just an email program and you'll just how much
  • Learn The Internet will have you surfing the Web like a pro -- you'll even set up a stock portfolio online
  • Learn Word 2000 & 2002 shows you the ins and outs of this popular word processor -- manipulate text, check for spelling, use the thesaurus and more
  • In-depth, advanced learning options combined with step-by-step instructions -- you'll work in the actual program as you learn

37. Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.0
list price: $84.99
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Asin: 2847980342
Catlog: Software
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates
Sales Rank: 1032
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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. PowerPack is Mandrakesoft's premier Linux desktop product. PowerPack includes thousands of applications-everything from the most popular to the most advanced. With PowerPack 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

  • Ultimate Linux desktop with thousands of applications
  • OpenOffice.org, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Real Player, and Flash Player
  • Organize personal data with Kontact and Evolution
  • Browse the Web with Mozilla and Konqueror
  • Listen to audio CVs and music files with KsCD and Totem

38. Mac OS 9.1
list price: $99.00
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Asin: B000058E1S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 3147
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Mac OS 9.1 is packed with over 50 new features, including Sherlock 2. Your personal shopper on the Internet, Sherlock 2 not only finds the products you're looking for, it's also an easy way to find people, news, and just about everything else on the Internet. OS 9.1 allows you to share your Mac without hassle or worry, securely storing each individual user's preferences and files for privacy and convenience. It also analyzes your voice and stores your voiceprint. Then when you talk, your Macintosh listens, and lets you log on and access your files. The personal Keychain securely stores all of your user IDs and passwords. Your voice--or one typed password--unlocks them all.

Mac OS 9.1 will automatically download software updates over the Internet, and even install them for you. You can also send files across the Internet with industrial-strength encryption. Apple's easy-to-use file sharing now works the same way over the Internet, so you can share files, folders, and data with anyone. And now AppleScript over TCP/IP lets you remotely control your Mac (or a whole battery of Macs) from wherever you happen to be. The network browser feature lets you find Internet file servers, FTP servers, and Web servers almost as easily as you find printers on your network. ... Read more

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars Panther is a lot better
DO NOT BUY THIS!!!

It is a rip off compared to Panther (10.3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Better choice than current Jaguar
If you want to get some work done erase the forty thousand plus OSX files off your hard drive and install OS 9.2.2. There simply is no reason to let the Unix-Aqua-Next hack job hurt your productivity any more. Sure you won't be able to run a few iSofts, but none of them are complete solutions and all are riddled with oversights and nasty user interfaces.

This software works on all Macs currently sold by Apple. Unfortunately Apple is threatening to release Macs that will not run anything below 10.3. That and the huge Apple price premium should be enough to discourage the few remaining Mac loyalists into jumping ship.

4-0 out of 5 stars A classic, missed system
Ahh... Mac OS 9 brings Mac users back to the days of the classic interface - in days before aqua. This OS is, in my opinion, possibly the best that Apple ever did except in stability.

Mac OS X resembles the classic ideas of Macintosh Operating system. However, it does not have the same overall feel. OS X is not as "snappy" as Mac OS 9, especially on G3 computers. Nine is much more easily customizable in looks than OS X. I'm sorry, but the aqua interface is not very pleasing to me.

Now for you older users. I would definitely suggest this as an upgrade to OS 8 both functionality and compatibility.

Overall, Mac OS 9 is a great system to have around. Even if you are all-out OS X but have used "classic" operating systems, keep OS 9 around because it sometimes feels good to come home to this wonderful interface.

4-0 out of 5 stars Functional "Classic Mac OS"
Yes, yes, I know that Apple and Steve Jobs want everyone to focus on OS X as the way of the future. But if you have hardware and/or software that won't do OS X, or if you just prefer to do your updating incrementally, OS 9 is not a bad place to be at all.

Finding OS 9 for sale these days is a bit tricky, though, so I was quite pleased to find it here on Amazon -- good luck finding it listed on, say, the Apple Store!

So if you're running, say, an older G3 model on version 8 of the OS, and don't want to (or can't) take the OS X plunge yet, I suggest that you grab a copy of OS 9. It's quite a bit more stable and functional than its predecessors.

4-0 out of 5 stars 9.1 best of all 9's
MacOS 9.1 installed without any problems for me on a Rev A iMac with numerous USB devices attached. Overall it is a great upgrade. There is still an issue with Multiple User's and Appearance preferences, but Mac OS X should eliminate that. It's even a little faster than 9.0.4. What a concept! An upgrade that actually makes things faster rather than slower. ... Read more


39. Suse Linux Professional 9.2 Strong Encryption 128 Bit
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B00065GQ0C
Catlog: Software
Publisher: SuSE Inc.
Sales Rank: 106
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Features

  • Fast, secure operating system with 1,000+ open-source applications
  • Linux kernel 2.6 plus GNOME 2.6 and KDE 3.3 user desktop environments
  • Browse the Web; create and share documents; develop applications
  • Work with graphics and multimedia files; configure home networks
  • Improved mobility; ideal for Linux users and technical enthusiasts

40. Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Server Unlimited Client
list price: $999.99
our price: $899.99
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Asin: B0000E6NKB
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 6057
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Super-modern operating system combining the strength of UNIX with the elegance of Macintosh
  • Aqua user interface is intuitive for new users; has powerful features for professionals
  • Innovative organizational features such as the Expos? and Finder
  • Protected memory and advanced memory management increase system stability
  • Designed with built-in best-of-class applications includeing Mail, Safari, and Internet Connect

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Easy to Set Up
I found OS X Server 10.3 very easy to set up. Share points were easy to set up too. Print sharing was a bit confusing to set up, and only works with network PostScript printers. I had hoped to share my three inkjet printers too.

Definitely a great product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Panther server - not as good as OSX 10.1.4 server!
Wow, as a user of OSX 10.1.4 server unlimited, I was fairly happy, I trusted Apple to improve things in Panther OSX 10.3.3 Server - oh what a dissapointment! In 10.1.4, the Server Admin is easy to figure out, easy to work with - and they RUINED it in Panther! Now I have a messy obtuse interdependent server admin thing - I can't believe it, there is no obvious way to set up share points! I read through the documentation, and it just doesn't work, probably I need to tweek some scripts on the command line - but hey, if I wanted to do this, I'd get a Windows server. I find OSX 10.1.4 server and Windows 2000 Pro server do a much better job of serving ) OS9.22 clients. Yes, with Panther server, I can see it in on my OS9.22 machine in the same subnet - it shows right up, when I connect it says "negotiating" for 20 seconds. This is with 1 client connected to a
fast machine with tons of ram doing just file sharing! Oh I might figure this
thing (Panther server) out - but if Apple wants me to spend $2,000 to $6,000 getting their training to use this, I'll spend that money getting a Windows 2000 Pro server going - that's no walk in the park, but at least I can figure it out without spending hundreds of hours studying or paying consultants. Sheesh. ... Read more


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