Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2

We recommend installing Windows XP SP2 but only after Microsoft has had a few weeks to work out the kinks.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 11, 2004
Microsoft Small Business Server 2003
REVIEW

Microsoft Small Business Server 2003

For small businesses that need a business in a box and want to stick with Microsoft technology, SBS 2003 is the only game in town.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 5, 2004
Apple Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
REVIEW

Apple Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

Panther adds new and useful features, but at the expense of some old standbys. Current Jaguar users need not apply.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 30, 2003
Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional
REVIEW

Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional

Red Hat remains a solid Linux contender, but Windows switchers or dual-booters should stick with SuSE for easier installation.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 26, 2002
Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
REVIEW

Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar

Take a good, hard look at Mac OS X 10.2 if you're adding a Mac to a Windows network--Jaguar's new tools can't be beat. But home users, beware the $129 upgrade price if you're not looking for networking options.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 21, 2002
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Despite its many annoyances, XP is a worthwhile upgrade. Unless you need corporate administration tools, XP Home Edition should suffice for most--even for small businesses. Enterprise customers, look to Professional Edition.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 4, 2001
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Despite its many annoyances, XP is a worthwhile upgrade. Unless you need corporate administration tools, XP Home Edition should suffice for most--even for small businesses. Enterprise customers, look to Professional Edition.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 4, 2001
5 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Linux Mandrake 8.0 Standard
REVIEW

Linux Mandrake 8.0 Standard

Linux-Mandrake 8.0 is easy to learn and use, with a toolset that should please advanced users and novices, in particular.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 1, 2001
Red Hat Linux 7.1 Std
REVIEW

Red Hat Linux 7.1 Std

With new configuration tools and an excellent Web-based system management service, Red Hat 7.1 deserves serious consideration as a Linux solution for your organization.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on May 29, 2001

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Microsoft Small Business Server 2000: Win2K Svr
REVIEW

Microsoft Small Business Server 2000: Win2K Svr

We recommend Small Business Server for companies with more than 50 employees, but you'll have to purchase additional server licenses to do so. Smaller companies should consider rival server suites and outsourcing and open source solutions.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 15, 2001