Windows Vista Business
Windows Vista Business is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Microsoft Windows Me
Millennium is a great face-lift for Windows 98, but it's not a necessary upgrade. If you have technical difficulties or work with pictures or music, try the new OS. But if you're happy with Windows 98, stick with it.