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41. Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server
42. XANDROS Linux Desktop OS 3 Deluxe
$5.99 list($149.95)
43. RED HAT SOFTWARE Red Hat Linux
$505.00 list($719.99)
44. Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
$189.99 $114.99 list($219.00)
45. Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
$59.99 $46.79
46. Linspire Five.0
47. TSUNAMI MPEG DVD Easypack Suite
Too low to display $70.00 list($99.95)
48. Apple .Mac 3.0 Retail
$5.47 list($39.95)
49. Red Hat Linux 9.0 Personal
$49.99 $47.99
50. WebEasy Professional 5.0
$59.99 list($319.00)
51. Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with
52. MANDRAKE-LINUX PowerPack 10.1
$87.99 $6.49 list($99.99)
53. Red Hat Professional Workstation
54. MANDRAKESOFT Mandrakelinux 10.1
$1,449.99 $1,410.89 list($1,499.99)
55. Red Hat Linux Enterprise AS 3
$8.99 list($79.99)
56. Suse Linux 9.0 Professional Edition
$49.99 $9.99 list($59.95)
57. SuSE Linux Professional 9.2 Upgrade
58. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 6.1
$9.99 list($199.95)
$9.99 list($59.99)
60. Red Hat Linux 7.2

41. Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for X86 and AMD64 and Intel EM64T - ( v. 9 ) - complete package ( 00662644455143 )

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Asin: B0002YY7LC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Novell
Sales Rank: 10971
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42. XANDROS Linux Desktop OS 3 Deluxe ( PC )

Asin: B0007RA6PU
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 3867
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 Manager tools lets you mount Windows shares, suggesting and creating mount points in your home directory
  • Crossover Office lets users run and install Microsoft Office on their Linux machine
  • Firefox and Mozilla Web browsers

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars Innovative Linux distro 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, 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. Xandros only provides you with 2 cd's not much considering the price paid.

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 (Mandrake), 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

43. RED HAT SOFTWARE Red Hat Linux 9.0 Pro
list price: $149.95
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Asin: B00008Y1CC
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Red Hat Software
Sales Rank: 407
Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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  • Bluecurve interface brings familiar look-and-feel to users of both Gnome and KDE desktop environments
  • Improved menu organization, for convenient access to frequently used tools
  • office Software suite
  • Mozilla open source Web Browser
  • Ximian Evolution Email client, contact manager & calendar

Reviews (16)

5-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the easiest way is the best way, or vice versa.
For years now, people have been asking me about Linux - how hard is it to learn? When will it be easy enough for a "non-techie" to use? My answer, as of Red Hat 8+ is pretty much - now.

If you use your PC to play on the web, "do" email, and use "Office"-type applications, it's probably easier these days doing so on Linux than on Windows XP. Go read the reviews of XP on this web site! The way they throw around acronyms: NTFS, ASPI, Microsoft "Product Activation" ("Dear Microsoft, is it okay for me to use my computer now?")... Red Hat 9.0 installs with a fairly simple and intuitive wizard. You can (the easiest way) decide to run only Linux on your machine, or, if you have a bit more technical acumen, you can run both Linux and Windows on the same machine (switching between the two by rebooting).

Some people are put off by the command-line interface in Linux (looks like DOS), but honestly, how often do you use DOS on your Windows system? Just like windows, everything can be done by clicking on an icon. Red Hat 9.0 ships with a graphical inteface called "Bluecurve" that looks and works VERY similarly to MS Windows - "Start" button, taskbar, icons on desktop - and puts everything near your fingertips.

Red Hat also comes with Mozilla (a web browser very similar to Netscape), Evolution (an Outlook-like email client and personal scheduling program), (a MS Office XP replacement that reads and WRITES your MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint documents), and about 1400 other games and applications. Other standouts include GnuCash, the Linux version of Quicken, the Tux Racer game - if you haven't played it yet, there's demos for all operating systems on it's web site - suitable for all ages, and KStars, the desktop planetarium, and did I mention about 1400 other games and applications?

P.S. I'm guessing that with the recent Microsoft Blaster worm (and Slammer, and Nimda, and... ), the points about security risks in using Microsoft products - as opposed to Linux - is well made. *cough*

3-0 out of 5 stars Was good, no longer.
Red Hat was a pioneer. It ruled the Linux world at one point. Not anymore. The company has announced their decision to exit the retail linux market and the end-user linux distribution. They will focus on the server market and the business/corporate clients.

If you want a good Linux for home or office use and you are experienced, get SuSE 9.0 pro instead. If you are a begginer and want to move from the expensive/buggy/intrusive Windows platform to Linux, try LindowsOS 4.0.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not very compatible...
I just couldn't install it... apparently, even though my monitor is brand new, it's just not supported by the installation process. Instead of using this one, I had to turn to Mandrake, which hasn't given me any kind of trouble (I'm actually using it right now).

1-0 out of 5 stars Beware of five star reviews
Total and useless software, plus redhat don't even support this nightmare of bugs.

It is nice to buy software that has NO support. Plus, it does not even work with your hardware. I finally got Windows running again and using the disks of redhat for coasters!

5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting reviews.. had to respond
Sure, if you want Windows then why are you looking at this? If you want to try something new and works great then this will replace Windows just fine. It comes with hundreds of dollars in software. You would spend that amount easily on the Windows side of things.

Oh and as far as modems go... I've used it for years with modems, ISDN and now cable modems. Just don't buy junk and you'll be fine.

Finally, RedHat isn't pulling it from the market. Thats the fun half truths we regularly get from Redmond. The product is alive and well. We simply have to read about what they are doing at Fedora is the next release of RedHat Linux. Remember that these release versions are stable though they have been pushing people to use the WS or ES versions of RedHat. You want a version like this then it will work just fine. The WS and ES versions however are built from this. (note to self.. learn how to better explain years of business model in only a few lines)

Personally I play games on Windows and work on Linux/Unix.

FYI.. never had a pony tail but I do like my new beard ::grinz:: ... Read more

44. Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Terminal Services (5-client access license)
list price: $719.99
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Asin: B00003PNNE
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 2472
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Microsoft Windows 2000 Terminal Server 5 CALs only .Terminal Server lets you deliver Windows-based applications, or the Windows desktop itself, to virtually any computing device including those that cannot run Windows. ... Read more

Reviews (9)

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.

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.

4-0 out of 5 stars Tough to Navigate, Yet Stable
Funny, Stable and Microsoft together.Until I started using Windows 2000 Adv. Server, I didn't think that there was such a thing.Well, the next NT product is.Buyers beware though, it is very tough to find drivers for a lot of todays hardware.Also, this isn't a product for most consumers.It is a lot more difficult to navigate too.Once you get the hang of it though, it is pretty awesome.I particularly had trouble with getting my computer to view things on my lan and getting on the internet.But after a little tweaking and a lot of crossing my fingers, it is working quite flawlessly.Some changes that I appreciated are a hardware wizard and in the Add/Remove Programs it tells you how often a program is used.On the other hand, I didn't like the way that the Network and Network Properties pages are setup.Also, Dual Booting is quite easy to do now and the installation is pretty smooth also.Novices beware, but advanced user will enjoy it after they get all their hardware/drivers working.

5-0 out of 5 stars All you NT 4.0 guys, go for 2000.
Windows 2000 is certainly not for 98 users. But for NT 4.0 guys, youshould get 2000. And I guess the license is kinda cheap for 20. ... Read more

45. Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Upgrade w/ Encryption Coded Software
list price: $219.00
our price: $189.99
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Asin: B00003JAU9
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 1155
Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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With its responsive user interface and improved reliability, Windows 2000 Professional is truly the most appealing version yet of Microsoft's operating system. Provided you have the hardware to run it (at least 64 MB of RAM is required), you won't find a better, more serious OS for business computing.

If you are upgrading from previous editions, the Windows 2000 wizards are particularly useful; they'll detect all your software and possible compatibility problems before you make the switch. In testing, our upgrade for a laptop was smooth and sure, and all previously installed software was automatically brought onboard to the new version.

Previously, Microsoft offered only limited support for notebook users within Windows NT 4.0. Windows 2000, however, allows most recent laptops to take advantage of power-management features, plug-and-play standard, plus recent hardware advances, such as the Universal Serial Bus (USB), IrDA for infrared devices, and FireWire. All these improvements mean that Windows 2000 will run on a greater array of systems.

There are some unexpected additions, too. You can also "hibernate" your Windows 2000 notebook to save and restore your work quickly as you go out on the road. In addition, this new OS adds more support for working offline with data saved from the Internet. (The Windows 2000 version of Internet Explorer 5.0 and Active Desktop, which allows you to access Web content from the desktop, are bundled here too.)

Besides support for mobile users, Windows 2000 beefs up reliability and greatly reduces the need to reboot as you update drivers, settings, and the like. Although you can still expect your Linux friends to brag that their favorite OS is even more reliable, the ease of configuration in Windows 2000 and its new-and-improved reliability make for an excellent choice for any serious computer user. Of course, if your business is using Windows 2000 Server on the back end, you will also benefit from easier installation and configuring of software, since these tasks can now be automated by remote administrators.

In all, Windows 2000 is a great-looking operating system, with a slick visual style, a responsive user interface, and plenty of power beneath the hood. For desktop and mobile users, it's a state-of-the-art choice for running today's Windows applications and for getting to the Internet. --Richard Dragan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Windows 2000 > Excellent Business OS
To the user who said, "This OS was released because NT was old and failing..." does not understand Windows or software development, and would rather plug Linux. NT, Win 2000's predecessor, is a solid and reliable OS geared toward the corporate/business user. Win 2000 builds upon NT's strengths while adding user interface enhancements and additional stability. For those who install a lot of software, you'll appreciate Win 2000's built-in protection against rogue apps (or poorly designed apps) that attempt to write over crucial system files. There are a ton of other enhancements in this release, geared toward the mobile user and professional. It's not the OS to run the largest selection of games however, and home users would be better off with Win98 or WinME. All in all, it's an amazing product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Operating System, But Make Sure You Need It!
Windows 2000 is a definate improvement over NT 4.0, but unless you are using it in a "pure" Windows 2000 environment, you may not get all the features you've heard touted. Despite the increased reliace on Wizards to guide you through the steps, instalation of this OS is definately not for casual users. If you are a heavy computer game player, or have no reason to be dissatisfied with Windows 98, stay with your current operating system. If you are a real business user, or have a home network that involves more than a few shared files, go for it, you won't be dissappointed.

Beware of hardware problems. I've lost the audio drivers on my Dell system at work. For me this is no big deal as the system is used in an open office environment where we have sound cards simply because our systems came with them. We really don't need any audio playback. My home systems, several brands are represented, are all functioning just fine.

Some software can also be a problem. I had to switch from Norton AntiVirus 5.x (NAV 5) to AntiVirus 2000: Microsoft and Symantect both state NAV 5 will not work with Windows 2000... I didn't believe it, but they were right! I highly recommend that you run the Windows 2000 Evaluation Tool, available as a free download from Microsoft, before you attempt any Windows 2000 installation.

One real annoyance is the Windows Protection File (WPF). This is analogous to the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) found on NT 4.0 Ostensibly, the WPF is there to protect your operating system from corruption. It can do the job almost too well. I was unable to use a bootable Windows 98 disk to perform a flash BIOS upgrade after Windows 2000 was installed. Luckily, this upgrade is not essential to the operation of my system, I was just wanting to keep it current. I have not been able to fully research this issue to see if there is a way around it or if this is an isoloated instance.

Again, if you're in business, the features are worth while, especially in a pure Windows 2000 environment. On the other hand, if most of your computer time is used for surfing the Internet or game playing, you'll get more milage from Windows 98.

5-0 out of 5 stars What an improvement ...
Having used Windows 2000 for 6 months at work (upgraded from Windows NT) and at home for about 4 months (upgraded from Windows 98, 1st edition), the first real system crash has not happened yet. No blue screens, no dr Watson messages. The Borland developer tools work perfectly on this OS, and in spite of the numerous programming mistakes I make, I never had to restart! Multitasking works flawlessly, as good as Windows NT, but without the arcane feeling. No comparison with Windows 98. I love the GUI's. I am not a Microsoft fan, but I will recommend this OS to any serious software developer. The best part: most sophisticated games are not compatible with Windows 2000, so I don't have to fight with my kids over the computer that much anymore. Warning: expect to spend some time loading new drivers etc. to get all hardware working again. Most software needs to be reloaded and re-registered as well. I still did not get my scanner to work.

4-0 out of 5 stars A huge improvement.
This is a little late now that 2003 is coming out. However, for people wondering, this is a rock solid OS. Blue Screens of Death are rare now. It is plug and play so installs are easy! Microsoft is well on the road to providing a decent OS. Mind you this is comming from a person who is not a fan of the company.

Now this is not a gaming OS! If you have games that were written for 98, the probably will not work or will work badly! If you program, you can't go wrong! It is a huge improvement over NT.

However, with all things, there are somethings that you have to do! Get the service packs and the hot fixes! Also, there are some extra stuff that gets installed such as the media player. Microsoft hid the uninstaller in the original release. IF you get Service Pack 4, it will correct that..

This is worthwhile just to get rid of BSODs and if you have a laptop running NT, you have to change over! However, XP it probably a better choice!

For games, look into XP!

4-0 out of 5 stars should you upgrade to a higher version?
I've used win95, win98, nt, 2000pro and xp. As much as 2kPro is my prefered windows environment, it is sufficiently old that most users should seriously consider the more recent windows versions instead. ... Read more

46. Linspire Five.0
list price: $59.99
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B0007Z70XI
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Linspire, Inc.
Sales Rank: 1571
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars It is awsome !
This is great software, easy to use, yet powerful.I highly recommend it, you will be able to do almost anything you can do in Win, but better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everyone's linux
Have you ever wanted to try Linux but were afraid of the all the techno geek speak you hear about it? Well then grab Linspire five-o and leave all that geek speak behind. This will be one the most exciting and easy computing experiences you have have ever had. installation takes about 15 minutes and just works right out of the box. Once you log in your surfing the Internet, reading e-mail and playing games. linspire makes it easy to install additional software with click and run and offer 1,000's of programs. In fact anything you can do in windows you can do in Linspire Five-O! Looking to do somthing with that old PC?
Give Linspire Five-O a try. You wont regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best Operating System in the World just got better
Linspire is the only operating system I use at home. I gave up on Windows months ago. The benefits are clear:

* Installs in under 20 minutes, that includes drivers!
* plays ALL major media formats
* comes complete with a FULL Office Suite which is compatible with Microsoft Office.
* Has an amazing Music player - LSongs, if you like iTumnes you'll love this, complete with online music store!
* An amazingly polished look, with high details, exclusive Icons and desktop wallpapers.
* NO viruses OR Spyware OR Malware
If you want to get even more from Linspire then for a small charge of $50 you also get access to nearly 2000 applications via Click-n-Run. Find what you want, click on it an dits automatically downloaded and installed for you - no hassle leaving you free to do other things.

This is THE ONLY operating system you'll EVER need.

In my opinion, this is what pc's have been waiting on!

Absolutely Brilliant. I cant recommend this enough, it really is THAT GOOD!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok for Linux beginners, but...
those of us more experienced with operating systems may want to consider other linux distros which are available at no cost. I have Debian installed and it has the same capabilities as Linspire. If you really must try Linspire, download the free live cd version (available as ISO, just burn the image to a cd and you can try it without installing it.) If you like it, then go ahead and purchase it. The live cd is available at ... Read more

47. TSUNAMI MPEG DVD Easypack Suite ( Windows )

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Asin: B0009I4VEY
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 3554
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  • Quick Launcher and step-by-step creation wizard
  • Supports most video file formats
  • Plays in any DVD player
  • Produce high quality compressed video files quickly and easily
  • Edit and combine individual frames

48. Apple .Mac 3.0 Retail
list price: $99.95
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Asin: B0009319QC
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 636
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  • .Mac membership continues to provide automatic virus scanning of all the email sent to your email addresses, regardless of the operating system you are running.
  • Now with Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger," .Mac members can also sync keychains and Mail preferences such as accounts, rules, signatures, and the new Spotlight-driven Smart Mailboxes right from System Preferences.
  • Members now get quick access to many features of .Mac right from the main .Mac web page, including the ability to compose new email messages, see the number of waiting messages, quickly add and search for an address, and easily visit published HomePages.
  • A host of Apple-designed training modules for every type of customer from novice to advanced have been added, including the following topics: Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger", iLife '05, iWork '05, Final Cut Pro, Motion, DVD Studio Pro, Shake, and Logic.
  • Thirteen new HomePage templates have been added to help .Mac members easily create elegant photo albums, iMovie pages, and more.

49. Red Hat Linux 9.0 Personal
list price: $39.95
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Asin: B00008QODZ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Red Hat Software
Sales Rank: 2631
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bad Linux Reviews From Washington???
Seems a bit strange to me but at least two of the reviews that slam Linux as worthless are from Washington reviewers.

My experience with RH9 is that it is one heck of an operating system. The installs went perfectly and it recognized my modem, my printer, my network card, my display card, my display, my drives, processor, everything. Perfectly. No calls to anyone to get authorization codes. No balking at running if I change hardware. And I can install it on as many computers as I want - legally.

The desktops are gorgeous and the ability to have multiple ones and switch between them merely by sliding my cursor off the edge of the screen for a moment is wonderful.

The Office apps read and write Windows Office documents just fine and it comes with Office (and tons of other stuff like CD burner software, fax software, games, and on and on) all in the low price. You'd spend hundreds to load up a Windows machine with comparable software.

It's just my opinion but I think Linux has finally become a very viable alternative to the "other" OS. I still dual boot for when I actually do need that "other" OS because there isn't a Linux alternative for something but my default is to jump right in to RH9.

If you are even curious, isn't it worth [the price] just to see it for yourself? You just might be amazed. I was.

3-0 out of 5 stars Linux rocks, RH9 Personal does not
If this was simply a review of RH9 in the contex of a supported environment, then I would give it 5 starts. But RH9 Personal edition, as a means for getting Linux on a home box by a non-sysadmin, is not completely where it could be.

The principle reason is the lack of drivers. I tried to get RH8 Personal on my Dell Dimension 2350 and the lack of even a functioning video driver made it all but impossible. Also, fdisk doesn't work with XP, so I had to use PartitionMagic 8.0 which has its own issues (it makes a Linux partition that Linux doesn't think is Linux.) I bought RH9 and things worked much, much better. However, I had to go through a lot of grief to get my Broadcom 440x network driver up and I still can't find one for my Canon i850 color printer. For Linux to be fully competetive with Windows in a home environment, it needs to reach a broader level of hardware compatibility.

A dual boot was my best choice and setting it up was largely uneventful for me with RH9. I need Linux as an interface to computational systems that do the serious kind of work Windows is incapable of. But my slide scanner, with a driver embedded in Photoshop Elements, requires either a Mac or Windows. Once more drivers and software are available for Linux, I can finally get rid of XP.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not for every user - Difficult Install
Personally, I found that this was a trying experience from the beginning. First off, few stores even carry Linux software, so that even locating the package is difficult. Thankfully there are on-line opportunities like Amazon to fulfill the dream.

Physically installing this product was an even greater difficulty. I could not find this in a 3.5" format and had to upgrade my PC in order to be able to run the CD. After re-booting, I found that the CD was not mounted and that the software could not be recognized. I spent numerous hours on the phone with Red Hat Tech support, only to determine that the system requirements were not fully explained in the promotional literature. This upgrade requires an extremely fast processor, at least 512 Mb memory, minimum 40 Gb hard drive. In fact, the system architecture and operating system are completely different! Who knew? I can tell you it is not recommended for the typical Apple II or Mac Plus customer.

This is probably much better suited to the owner of a new PowerMac machine with the latest in video & IO features

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Confused
What follows is the review of someone who has more than 25 years on both sides of the Unix/Windows line and who owns no stock that would benefit from the sales of either.

When you read all the reviews below, you might get confused, with ratings from 1 to 5 stars and the obvious pro- and anti-Microsoft commentary (this IS a Redhat review, right? Why do people feel compelled to throw in the Microsoft jabs? Very juvenile!) - so if you're among the confused, let me help you out.

The clue to reality is found in the posts themselves - as you notice that the majority of reviewers feel obliged to tell you what kind of system they've installed (or not) Linux, right down to the drive types and the mouse pad they use.

Why do they feel you need this information, which anywhere else would be totally boring and even irrelevant? Yes - you guessed it. Linux still has problems supporting a number of hardware platforms and devices - period. And, when new devices come out, Linux is slower than molasses in supporting them.

Well, this level of "polish", if that's the word I want, is what you get with a lot of "open source" software - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, often critical or obvious features are missing. But hey - don't whine. "Everything is going to be fixed in the next version...would you please donate some money?"....

When Linux arrived on the scene, the CONCEPT was practically spiritual - at one point I thought the Congress might rewrite the Preamble to the Constitution to say that all men were entitled to life, liberty, LINUX and the pursuit of happiness. It was all so very, very egalitarian. Free stuff....well, until someone started charging for it.

It was the OS version of free love and hippie beads.

Years later, Linux still doesn't measure up. It may sound like an oxymoron that Linux hides behind its "openness", but that is precisely what it does. You're never entitled to scream VERY loud about its shortcomings, because, after all, it is free....or it only costs a few bucks, and hey - it's....OPEN! Have some pity on the poor people who are working so hard to contribute to Linux, you heartless (grep .astard myreview > truth.txt).

Linux has promise. In fact, lots of promises. The fact that it's the same promises they were making years ago is merely a speedbump along the pathway to Nirvanalux. And no matter how fast you drive it, Linux can never seem to outrun its kludge.

So, I run it - mostly as a development platform for work, before running anything on the real deal (Unix or Windows - the operating systems that actually work). Crash my Linux, who cares? I never compile anything on it that doesn't go to backup first.

And for those who claim constant crashes with Windows, I won't call them liars. I have an NT server that I can't remember when I booted it, a 2000 server literally running from the day it was installed a couple of years ago, but then again, I RTFM and I'm a trained system administrator. Could that be the difference? Probably not - my wife's Windows 98 ran for about 6 years straight until she upgraded to 2000 and she has never seen the BSOD.

Notice I'm not telling you what platforms these systems are running on - because it doesn't matter. If you're seeing the BSOD in Windows, the most probable device causing your failure is YOU.

4-0 out of 5 stars Linux is great, if not fully compatible with all hardware
First, let me start off by noting that almost all of the reviewers that gave Red Hat Linux 9 very low marks had mostly hardware incompatibility issues. They bought Red Hat, threw the CD in the CD drive, and hoped for the best, expecting it to be able to successfully detect and configure all of their particular hardware.

While Linux has made tremendous strides in hardware compatibility and usually can work with most hardware right out of the box, it does not have the advantage of market critical mass and monopolistic power that Microsoft has. Thus, all vendors that sell hardware for the home PC provide drivers for Windows, being that Windows has about 95% of that market. That being said, Linux now has made tremdous stides in hardware support. It supports most major hardware products, but lacks in the area of some of the more exotic or bleeding edge graphics cards, sound cards, network cards, and most winmodems. It's getting better all the time (due to open source developers reverse engineering, and many vendors providing drivers), but Linux can't boast the level of hardware support that Windows can, due to market realities.

The people who gave bad reviews attempted to blindly install Red Hat Linux on their machines, without checking for hardware support ahead of time. Thus, due to hardware incompatibility or configuration, they had headaches and wrongly blamed Linux.

My personal experience with Linux in general and Red Hat 9 in particular has been wonderful. I've installed it on an IBM Thinkpad 600E. The installation went smoothly and I only had to manualy choose the correct video driver. It did not detect the Mwave internal winmodem (I expected this) and did not detect the sound card, but I do not need sound on my notebook. Apparently it is possible to configure so that Red Hat can use the sound card, but I don't need it. But Red Hat did seamlessly detect everything else and it all worked beautifully.

I've had a lot of fun with Linux. I'm a programmer and it is chaulk full of development tools (without having to pay mega $ for MS Visual Studio). Linux is a programmers paradise. It also has everything MS Office has (with Open Office and KOffice). It can manipulate graphics with the GIMP, it has tons of games, and endless configuration possibilties. RH Linux loads both the Gnome and KDE desktop environments, and it's fun to play with both, being that they are not exactly alike, and both have different strengths and weeknesses. And both, quite frankly, are much more attractive and fun to use than the Fisher Price interface of Windows XP. They are also far more configurable, with much more eye candy than XP. I've also been able to successfully download and install and use huge software titles like JBuilder 5 and Eclipse (Java Integrated Development Environments).

I've also been completely impressed with the amazing stability and efficiency of Linux. I can crash an application, but it never affects the OS. I just have to kill the app, and everything else goes about it's merry way without a hitch. Contrast that with Windows XP, and all of it's bugs and the slightest application problem can bring it to it's knees (prompting you to send a bug report to MS). Or, of course, the infamous Blue Screen of Death. No BSOD in Linux at all. And finally, there are far fewer virus worries with Linux.

In short, Linux is great. It might be a bit rough around the edges for some newbie/non technical users, but it is very easy to use (just requires a small learning curve, just like anything else new) and can do so many great things, at a small fraction of the cost of MS alternatives.

Those new to Linux should probablly start off with a distribution that runs from a CD, like Knoppix. Knoppix automatically detects and configures your hardware. All you have to do is pop the CD in and reboot. And it is completely risk free because it does not touch your hard drive. Knoppix can give you a taste of how great Linux can be. And if you like what you see, you should first check hardware compatibility at the distros web site, than
probably re-partition your hard drive with Partition magic. And of the distro set up routines will detect the partitions and allow you easily set up a dual boot PC. Alternatively, buy a whole new PC with Linux pre-loaded (ensuring hardware compatibility). You can do that here at Amazon, or Walmart or, or many others. You can get a new PC for as little as $200 (the cost of WinXP by itself).

But do give it a try and be prepared for hardware compatibility and that it is a different OS, so there will be a small learning curve. It's very well worth the effort.

The only reasons I did not give Red Hat Linux 9 the full 5 stars is because Red Hat has ended their retail product, concentrating on the enterprise. Also, Red Hat Linux does not include a disc partitioning tool like Mandrake and SuSE do. But I've loved it. I'm now looking forward to partitioning my eMachines PC with WinXP, and loading a dual boot Linux installation. I just have not decided which distribution it's going to be. ... Read more

50. WebEasy Professional 5.0
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  • Extensive library of templates, graphics, animated GIFs, forms, and sounds
  • Creating custom Web sites with advanced features--just drag-and-drop
  • Interactive Tutorial combines techniques, demos, and trouble-shooting help
  • Choose from over 60,000 images for a customized Web site
  • Built-in tools for e-commerce, order forms, credit card transaction, and more

51. Windows NT Workstation 4.0 with Service Pack Single
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Publisher: Microsoft
Sales Rank: 2052
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Enhance productivity and reduce computing costs with Windows NT Workstation, the most powerful desktop operating system for business computing. Windows NT Workstation offers greater performance and combines the ease of use of Windows 95 with the reliability and security of Windows NT.

Version 4.0 features many improvements over earlier versions. This version touts 20 percent higher performance and greater ease of use with the Windows 95 user interface. Simplified tools include the familiar Start button, Taskbar, Shortcuts, Network Neighborhood, and My Computer. This software also offers easier management and control with User Profiles and System Policies that give users network access control, and it supports users who roam between multiple workstations. The Setup Manager reduces the time and effort it takes to deploy Windows NT Workstation, and an improved version of the Windows NT Diagnostics Program greatly facilitates remote desktop troubleshooting. These tools all help you reduce the total ownership cost of distributed PCs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars As good as they come
I've been using Windows NT 4 at home for a few years now and I have to say it is quite great. After using Windows NT I wonder how I ever survived with Windows 9x. It is just so stable and works so well. When programs crash the OS catches it and the rest of the OS is untouched. Yes, it is possible to achieve a Blue Screen of Death but it is very very difficult to do so. I would even go so far as to say it has advantages over Windows 2000: no extra tacked on "features" to take of CPU cycles and look real flashy which usually just get turned off. The downsides include lack of USB support, DirectX for games only up to version 5 or so and a defualt dial-up networking interface which is seriously lacking (this is replaced by something vastly superior with internet explorer 4+). To make Windows NT (or any other version of Windows) even better and more powerful look up a handy program called LiteStep.

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows NT - New Technology
Take my word for it.... This is still a new Technology ! Many OSs have come after this (!!!even from Microsoft!!!) but they all are slow and memory hogging. Windows NT is still the best fastest and reliable OS from Microsoft for the PCs. Altough Linux has much better credentials but it still hasn't been able to find place on desktop PCs. I am sure if you are a win98,2000,Me user, try using NT once and you will definately g ofor it. The caution is however that, make sure all your new hardware is still NT 4.0 compliant or not. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows NT workstation
Lot of people may say a lot abt the bad sides of the Windows. But I think most of the statements are maybe due to jealousy. If u can manage then this is one of the best interfaces you can have.

But whatever be it is one of the best interfaces for a PC. And many other OSes have a long time to come up with the GUI and the softwares for them. ... Read more

52. MANDRAKE-LINUX PowerPack 10.1

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  • Advanced home ofice tools in the, the Microsoft Office compatible suite
  • Powerful open-source Internet tools - Kontact & Evolution personal information managers, plus the Mozilla & Konqueror Web browsers
  • Customizable file and device sharing tools, plus email tools like Sendmail and Postfix
  • Multimedia tools for Sound(Amarok & Rythmbox) and Video(Kaffeine & Totem Movie Player)
  • Development tools like the GCC Compiler and GDB Debugger, plus your choice of editors - Emacs, XEmacs or Vim

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great System
I have been a mandrake customer since 7.1. I think this is by far the best flavor of linux on the market.
reason 1 - It is easy to install, I use my whole hard drive but I have also partitioned with it before. Diskdrake is a very good tool.
Reson 2- The package selection is great. I am not going to list them here, you can check it out at mandrakes web site.
Reason 3 - It is easy to use for both the newbie and the advanced linux user. The mandrake control center has everything under one manager, that make it easy to custumize your system.
reason 4- It is easy to update.
If you are looking to switch to linux, or if you are looking for a good distro, this is the best one.
lastly I have a computer i have run mandrake on for 5 years without one problem. Unlike some other operating systems I have used. ... Read more

53. Red Hat Professional Workstation
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Sales Rank: 1599
Average Customer Review: 2.43 out of 5 stars
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  • Tools, applications, and services power-desktop users demand
  • Supports up to 2 processors x 86 workstations
  • Bluecurve, Ximian Evolution,, Mozilla
  • Web Server powered by Apache; Samba, NFS, CUPS; GCC 3.2
  • Includes year of updates; 30 days of phone/Web installation support

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3-0 out of 5 stars Different distros have different strengths
Here is an update of what I've decided:

I use Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a home desktop OS because that is what we use at work. Also Red Hat is very strong if you are going to run it as a server - not as a workstation. If you do programming with non-gcc compilers, like Intel's compiler, Red Hat is a good distro because it has strong compiler support (by Intel). Some people have trouble getting Intel's compiler to work right on a Debian based system like Xandros. But SUSE would be fine in this regard. Also, Red Hat gives virtually no worthwhile phone or email support. But I doubt the other distros give any worthwhile support either. You can also get about the same thing from Red Hat by getting their free Fedora edition. Red Hat's new Wide Open magazine will help you learn more about this and other Red Hat packages, but again you won't get any hand holding. I'm not sure they even print a decent book any more, just giving you that annoying pdf file edition that you have to scroll back and forth and never know where you are at or where anything is and can't make any notes in.

I'm thinking now for a desktop distro for the Windows type lover, Xandros might be the best distro. It doesn't change very often, and they have concentrated on the desktop, rather than on the server like Red Hat. However, Xandros only works on 386 architecture, whereas Red Hat supports AMD64, Opteron, Itanium, and other CPU chips. So don't get it if you are a engineering type person who is dreaming about doing serious 64 bit computation at home someday, or a gamer who whats 64 bits.

SUSE falls somewhere in between. I think as a desktop product it is a bit better than Red Hat. It has fairly good non-gcc compiler support. It works well as a server, but not as strong as Red Hat.

1-0 out of 5 stars Redhat Professional Workstation
If you purchase this particular type of WS, you are going to lose $100.00, there is not great differences between Redhat 9.0
and Fedora Core 1,2, anybody is able to get them for free,Rednat support is lousy,it is like talking to a wall,you have to provide your own support, the updating procedures are lousy too,and they can be obtained thru the internet, you will be getting less features than in the old personal and professional box,4032 packages compared to 6,632 from Fedora, it is a big difference, no more books, no more DVD disks. It is time to move to another distro like Suse or Mandrake that even provide better customer service, if you do not like their products, you obtain an RMA, it can be returned to them, win RedHat PWS, your money is gone to the trash, it is not the old Professional set, it is the personal set with network updating, it is not their enterprise software neither, it is only named like that, but it is the same old personal set that will cost you more money, and if you want to read about it, you must spend $55.00 more dollars to buy a book from a book vendor

1-0 out of 5 stars No software is available
After purchasing this software I quickly found out
that you are your own 'support' person. If some
application does not work, then you have to search
on the internet, or user forum. I don't know about
you but I do NOT trust complete strangers on the
internet. It is like inviting someone into your
house you don't know. If you want to use Adobe you
can forget it because they do not make any software
for Linux. And several other popular Windows apps that
are not there. So in the end I wound up buying a MAC, at
least there is software available and MS Office!

1-0 out of 5 stars Too much trouble
If time was money I would be a rich woman after spending hours with my pc thanks to linux. It is about as easy getting devices to work as have dental work without numbing medication. Whoever states that Linux is cheaper to run than Windows does not own a business. It costs more money in the fact it never works right or you have a application crash with a 'SEGV' error. AGGRRR, I think now I have some very expensive coasters for drinks... I am going back to Windows something that WORKS!

1-0 out of 5 stars Outdated and did not work correctly
For what this redhat workstation cost me, one would think that it would work like it should. Software patches, how many bugs can this Redhat have, I have never seen so many patches to download in my life. I spent hours downloading and the system would hang up and quit responding! How any can say this is worth 5 starts, maybe a NEGATIVE 5 rating!

This has to be the biggest over-rated bunch of NON-working software I have ever purchased. If you liked Windows 3.1 then this is for you. Not only that at least Windows has applications, this Redhat has a bunch of apps that don't work, or you can't figure them out...... ... Read more

54. MANDRAKESOFT Mandrakelinux 10.1 PowerPack DVD Version

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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), 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!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mandrake Linux is a thing of beauty
I have installed this on a laptop computer and a desktop and it works fantastic. The only device it could not recognize was the internal winmodem. I also installed Windows and that failed also to recognize the modem (this is a given unless you happen to have the original software). Nor could Windows, unlike Mandrake figure out what do to with the CDRW. I now have had a computer with Windows on half the partition and Mandrake-Linux on the other for a while now. I can't remember the last time I booted up Windows. It always seems totally claustrophobic. Once you grasp the wonder that is virtual desktops it is difficult to settle for Windows of any version. For the uninitiated Mandrake like othe Linux distributions gives you four separate desktops that are instantly accesible from a small panel at the bottom of the screen. It is a major step forward over the old-fashioned Windows and MacIntosh method of shrinking and unshrinking programs to see someting that is overlapped on the screen.
The software that comes with it is incredible. is a major piece of office software that includes the ability to read, write and create in a myriad of software formats including Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. But unlike Microsoft Office it includes a a program that allows anovice to create web pages. That and it allows you to create PDF files (MS Office doesn't)
Also included is a high end photo editing program called the GIMP for Graphical Image Manipulating Program. In terms of what it can do the only standard over the shelf program I've seen that can compare is the $800+ Photoshop software. They are both very similiar in the way they work.

This software is highly recommended. When I installed it I used Partition Magic to split the hardrives into two halves

5-0 out of 5 stars We are Disappointed by what we expect...
We are disappointed by what we expect...NOT by what we find. Mandrake is anything but "disappointment in a box." And with all due respect to the individual who wrote that review, the object is NOT to get Linux working WITH Windows; the object is to get RID of Windows!!

I am told that Mandrake will install alongside of XP and even recognize NFTS partitions. But, hey, I jettisoned Windows and Macintosh years ago and have never looked back.

Don't listen to those who down Linux or Mandrake. I do not discount their experience but I have had nothing but great joy and satisfaction in running this OS and Mandrake Linux especially.

I would invite those who are interested to download Mandrake's Download Edition first. Then when you have that great experience, you can come back here to Amazon and buy the boxed set with all of the goodies--including documentation.

I enjoy this distro so much, I recently wrote about it at Check it out!

This distro is definitely setting the standard for other desktop distros to follow.

1-0 out of 5 stars DISAPOINTEMENT IN A BOX

Apparently Bill G. has billions to prevent linux from working with XP.

Just another cruel experience to steel your time and cause frustration. ... Read more

55. Red Hat Linux Enterprise AS 3 Standard X86
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56. Suse Linux 9.0 Professional Edition
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Publisher: SuSE Inc.
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Average Customer Review: 3.51 out of 5 stars
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  • State-of-the-art Linux operating system for home users, experienced users, and developers
  • Complete office suite that is compatible with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents
  • Optimized communication with Windows; improved performance and usability
  • Extensive collection of multimedia applications & a multitude of programming tools
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5-0 out of 5 stars Linux: A real operating system after crappy years of Windows
Before the IBM PC (late 70's) there were multi-user operating systems (e.g. MP/M & MP/M-II) running on 16-bit processors. The first OS for the PC (PC DOS, created by Microsoft) was a dirty copy of a downgraded CP/M (a single-user OS). To this day, and well after so many years, and many versions of MS DOS (including the "pseudo-windows" versions of MS DOS, called by them "Windows 95" and "Windows 98"), Microsoft still doesn't have a true multi-user operating system.

Linux (and Unix) OS's are taking computing to the next level since the days of Digital Research (CP/M & MP/M). IBM, and Microsoft (an application software company, not an OS development company at the time) started, in my opinion, the greatest disservice of all times to computer consumers, when they launched the IBM PC in 1981: a behind-the-times computer running a crappy Microsoft OS on an 8-bit microprocessor (8088). And this is not because of the computer, but because of the outdated operating system that Microsoft created. Windows is a widely used OS; that doesn't mean it's better.

Linux is by far a superior operating system: a true multi-user, multi-program OS, more powerful than any Windows version will ever be (there are many Linux servers out in the real world competing head to head with Microsoft, and guess what? Linux is winning!). SuSE has done a fine job putting Linux SuSE 9.0 together, a very good package, bundled with tools, utilities, several world-class applications, and highly automated installation services (easy too!)

I made a full blown installation onto an old 4GB hard drive, and it took less than 2GB, including most of the applications that came in the package. The only problem I found was with a Brother MFC-6800 printer (designed to work with Windows), but I easily found a Linux driver in a dedicated website.

All those who don't have a clue what a good operating system is because the only thing they know is Windows, should stay with Windows (and pay more, of course). If you don't understand Linux, you won't be able to see the differences, and worse, the incredible advantages of Linux.

"Working with MS Windows is like crawling... working with Linux is like flying!"

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but with a few areas for improvement
I switched from RH 9.0 to SuSE 9.0 Pro because of a few concerns/frustrations with Redhat. (1) Difficulty with configuring access to the Windows network at my workplace, (2) RH's failure to recognize my new box's graphics card (Radeon 9200), (3) Redhat's shift in emphasis/philosophy away from developing and supporting directly Linux for the "average user".

So far SuSE 9.0 is doing well on the above concerns plus many others. YaST is overall an excellent way to control bootloader configuration, important for someone like me who messes with several OSes. (RH does not make it so easy.) Or network access/configuration. And many other issues. I am browing our Windows network with no problems. And SuSE 9.0 has supposedly added excellent support for accessing numerous dialup ISP's - a feature I admit I have not had cause to try yet. (Our family uses Netzero, which normally one cannot access under Linux.)

Installation was not as easy/smooth as Redhat. Choosing software packages is a bit clumsy the way YaST is set up - I had to search for Evolution, Mozilla, GAIM and then "check" them for installation. I prefer Redhat's partitioning - although I admit SuSE does give more control. (Primary or extended? Ah!) My new Athlon box had trouble reading the software packages on the DVD - had to use the regular CD's, which defeats the whole point. And I am still having trouble getting it to work on my DELL Inspiron 8200 laptop, my main machine - so far SuSE boots to a blank screen. That's not very helpful and pretty much hoses the reason I bought it.

That having been said, SuSE is still excellent. It seems much faster than pokey RH 9.0, much much better selection of software packages (Pingus!!! 1.1! KDE 3.1! and so on!), hardware detection/compatibility is stronger (whither Fedora?!?). Redhat (now Fedora) can learn some lessons - but frankly the reverse is also true. At least I didn't get a blank screen when using RH 9.0 on my laptop.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good but frustrating at first.
This is a very complete operating system with a large library of free software. I had no trouble installing it (setup detected all my hardware on an IBM Thinkpad A20m), but was very frustrated at first with the interface. The documentation is difficult to read, and this is not for beginners.

After a few days of using Linux, I've found that I can do everything I need to do with it, and even run my windows programs on it. However, it took the better part of a day for me to understand how to configure things. The GUI they start you off with is terrible but by changing a few settings it becomes very functional and friendly.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
After 4 days talking to their support group, it is finally known to me that they do NOT support 32-bit Seriel ATA Hard Drives. So I have wasted 4 evenings and countless phone calls with these guys before they figured that they don't support me, which is a fairly common hardware config now days. So beware!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change from Red Hat
I've been using Red Hat Linux since 6.1, and I was saddened when they stopped their development of RH9, and shuffled that effort to Fedora.

After reading that Novell, a company whose products I've dealt with for a decade, had bought Suse, I went and bought Suse Personal Version 9.0....

What a pleasant surprise! The installation program recognized my nvidia videocard (unlike Redhat), and I was up and running the graphical installation with Suse's installation program.

Red Hat (if it cares anymore) should take notes from Suse's great installer. Suse's installation is far superior to Red Hat. All of Suse's installation options are displayed at the beginning of the install, on a bulleted outline screen. It was *simple* to configure the partitions, and arrange the dual-boot (with MS Windows), as well as to specify the location of Linux's GRUB loader. (This last option is unfriendly on Red Hat, unless you happen to know before the RH install starts, that you need to do a custom install). The YaST updater works as smoothly as Red Hat's Up2date, so getting updated over the internet is no problem.

YaST even found my scanner, which Red Hat never did, so in hardware probing, Suse is definitely superior. However, there is still no Linux driver for my Visioneer 8100, so I still need MS-Windows to run my scanner.(This leads to another issue: how Linux's incomplete hardware support guarantees that I will --for now -- be stuck with dual-booting to MS-Windows to support all the hardware I have.)

In short, after thinking that I would be a Red Hat customer forever, then to be dismayed that Fedora was not where I wanted to be, I have found a new happy home with Suse. Linux still has a little ways to go, before it is a full-featured as MS-Windows is, and can really compete on the desktop against MS-Windows. But this Suse desktop distro is much closer to that point, than Red Hat. ... Read more

57. SuSE Linux Professional 9.2 Upgrade [Strong Encryption 128 Bit]
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  • 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

58. Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac 6.1 with Windows XP Pro
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1-0 out of 5 stars IT¿S SO SLOW IT HURTZ
When I first started up Virtual PC with Windows XP/Professional [aka VPC+XP/P] on a 1.2 GHz Apple iBook G4 with 320 Mb RAM dedicated to VPC I thought that it had locked up --- but Windows XP was just very very very very slow coming up. The box says 20% faster but I can't even imagine what it must have been like on the minimum recommended processor. Pull-down menus sometimes take a couple of minutes to respond. VPC+XP/P may work OK on a Mac 2.5 GHz desktop with a 333 MHz bus, but it sure is NOT appropriate on an Apple iBook with only 133 MHz. Updating XP with REQUIRED security updates from Microsoft took well over 2 hours to install. After the software was updated with the required updates, the capability to view VPC as a drive on the OS X side stopped working completely and has never returned. The iBook's CD/DVD Superdrive only provides read-only capability to Windows XP. Also, I couldn't get my Visor Platinum to sync with the Palm desktop for XP software through either of the iBook's USB ports. Quite frankly, VPC+XP/P is just NOT worth the frustration one experiences running it on an Apple iBook. Perhaps when Microsoft finishes the new version for the G5 processor and dual processors are used on a 3 GHz desktop, then and only then, will there be a possibility that this software might be reasonably responsive. In the meantime I would recommend instead buying an inexpensive non-Mac laptop or desktop PC if one absolutely must run Windows-only software. It'll be less painful that way.

1-0 out of 5 stars No wonder there is no money-back guarantee
Installing VPC on a 1.25 ghz Mac took me back to the days of the original Mac. No, not because of its easy-to-use elegance, but because VPC with XP Pro is slower than a Mac One with only a floppy drive. I allocated 352 mb ram and 16 mb vram, and to say that it "ran" would be to insult the concept. It crawled, it oozed, it petrified... I used the Windows version of Explorer on my broadband, and it took minutes to load a page that OS X loads in 3 seconds. In fact, no page fully loaded as no graphic ever appeared no matter how long I waited. Microsoft is supposed to deliver an update in 2004. As always, the magazines will give it reasonably good reviews, but unless you get it "free" with the Office "update" you should wait to read the Amazon reviews.

2-0 out of 5 stars Minimum requirement: SuperComputer to make this product run.
Advertised 25% faster.. OMG! If it was any slower it would be stopped. I made a mistake with my G4 1 gig Powerbook of installing just 128 megs of ram on my first install due to I only had 512 megs of physical ram. Not even worth running.. even Solitaire runs like a dog. So I upped my laptop to a full gig & made 512 ram available to my next XP install thinking "problem solved". No difference, No exaggeration.. slow slow slow.
To be honest, if it ran at a good or even acceptable level.. it would be really nice. It is very easy to configure, the support is great: sound, nic, video configuration all works very well.
Very Very pricey tho, prolly need a dual G5 to bring it up to an acceptable level.

2-0 out of 5 stars Pure stress....
This is absolutely the most aggravating program I've ever used in my life. I have to use it for only one program that I have, an online postage program, which doesn't exist in the Mac world.

I run a 1ghz flat panel Imac, a fairly speedy Mac. But running a Windows program in Virtual PC, it runs like a 100Mhz's pitiful. But, the only option for some Mac users that need to run Windows applications.

Virtual Pc is a necessary evil, and I'm glad it exists....but geez, some work needs to be done on it. ... Read more

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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Plays Nice, Works Well - Way Cool
As a primarily Win oriented user, I have tried almost all the RedHat, Mandrake & Debian distros and other OSs as well (God bless BeOS). RH 7.3 is the one for me. Though I was not all that impressed by RedHat 6.x, or even 7.0, 7.3 is the easiest to install and configure. I have tried this distro on several units, from 100Mhz 486DXs to Gateway Jabil Celeron processors and some high end P4 units. Installed equally well on all with 0 bumps. Plays nice with Win partitions and networks, though make sure you add the Win partition during setup or you will have problems adding the Win partition later. Networking is quite straight forward and simple, it is relatively easy to add it to a Win network and share files, though the SWAT tool for SAMBA is a royal pain if it does not work right out of the chute. Some systems, identical installs, it worked great, others, it was a bomb, had to config the smb.conf by hand. Don't let it intimidate you though, very well documented and mostly common sense. RedHats support is great too, as well as the user groups there. I got very quick replies to posted questions.

RH 7.3 includes more useful and entertaining packages than the other distros, and though the sheer volume (I installed 2,500) of programs can be overwhelming, but once you sort through it, WAY COOL!

As for ease of use, RH 7.3 I like the choices of KDE, Gnome, TWMM, Sawfish & etc. A few RH 7.3 utilities however, will not run under anything but Gnome. Took a while to figure this out (network conf, update agent), Gnome is RH 7.3's default. By contrast, 8.0 with bluecurve is not for those who want to do it 'their way'.

RH 7.3 is a viable alternative to Windows, complete with Office programs and many other equivalents included.For those who like to tinker, it is tinkerers heaven! My 8 year old promptly told me it is his Linux box and said I could have back the Win98 one.
He has found a lot of cool utilities and programs while exploring, and though he has had some bumps, not even a very enterprising 8 yearold could crash it

The bottom line is, if you just want to do a default install of the OS and have a usable, enjoyable cool system or if you want to customize it to the max, RH 7.3 will accomodate you. The professional version is more than you need if you are 'just a user', but if you want the full impact and ultimate experience, it is just right. I set up a webserver, mailserver, firewall, DSL gateway & etc 'out of the box'.

1-0 out of 5 stars No support, bad drivers, resists new technology.
I bought this version when I had a 3dfx voodoo video card and everything was great. I upgraded to an ATI Radeon 9000 pro and it won't boot into X. There is no VGA compatible option that will even boot at low resolution. The whole operating system is full of dead ends like this. It is such a shame since there were so many good applications and tools with it -- it was almost a good alternative to windows. But, Linux remains in the shadows and ashes because there appears to be nobody that can (or cares to) write any code to make it flexible enough for ordinary use. What a shame. I will try Suse or Mandrake next. Save your money unless this is only for a server.

5-0 out of 5 stars Red Hat rocks
Linux itself is obviously extremely solid, but there are many, many choices in distributions these days. Classically Red Hat has been considered more of a server distribution, but that's no longer the case. Red Hat 7.3 makes an extremely stable desktop platform. It may not have every bell and whistle that Mandrake or others have, but what's there works very well. If you're running Red Hat on any of your servers, then you should at least give it a try on the desktop. You'll probably be happily surprised.

5-0 out of 5 stars Windows alternative
Outstanding alternative to Microsoft Windows. I use it for a web server and office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, etc).

5-0 out of 5 stars Getting better w/ time
RH is finally getting closer to the end-user. Integration is seamless and the installer id getting better. Nice documentation, i do not really use X but my fellow collegues who do not like dealing with a CLI just loved KDE3.
I was used to SuSe (still run it) but RH 7.3 gained some very good points
to be recommended if you want to build a server ... Read more

60. Red Hat Linux 7.2
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Publisher: Red Hat Software
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Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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Nicely polished and with an improved file system, Red Hat Linux 7.2 is the best release to date of the most popular commercial Linux distribution. If you tried an earlier version of Red Hat Linux and found it too rough for you, particularly at installation time, you'll want to give it another try now. This particular version of Red Hat Linux 7.2 is the plain vanilla edition (as opposed to the more capable Professional edition and the various server products), and is best suited for use on a workstation or as a LAN server on a small network. On the other hand, since the kernel is the same as that of the more costly versions, you can install this product and add the capabilities you need by installing additional software downloaded from the Internet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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