Operating Systems

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

MSRP: $129.00

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Red Hat Linux 9.0 Professional
REVIEW

Red Hat Linux 9.0 Professional

Red Hat 9.0 is a boon for those who already use it, but it's too expensive to warrant a switch from Windows. Try SuSE (or the free Red Hat) for a better mix of price and features.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 14, 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

MSRP: $149.95

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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

MSRP: $129.00

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Microsoft Windows XP Professional
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Professional ( Upgrade)

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 1 vote
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition ( Upgrade)

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

MSRP: $99.95

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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

MSRP: $29.95

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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
Microsoft Windows Me
REVIEW

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 28, 2000

MSRP: $209.00

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