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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.

Windows Vista Home Premium

Windows Vista Home Premium is essentially warmed-over Windows XP Home Edition. 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 Home Premium is stable enough for everyday use.

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.

Windows Vista Home Basic

Windows Vista Home Basic is essentially warmed-over Windows XP, Windows XP SP3. 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

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

Google Chrome OS

Chrome OS struggles with the delineation between apps and Web sites, even though they are fast growing together. Great for students and casual home use, the day is coming when it'll be competitive, but it's not yet a replacement for a more mature OS.

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.

Android Pie

Android 9.0 is already on some Android phones. Here's what you can expect when it comes to yours.

Apple macOS High Sierra

Unless you're really into Photos or have installed the iOS 11 beta, there's no FOMO by passing on the public beta of Apple's latest OS.

Apple iOS 11

Siri will try to read your mind, and you can pay your friends back in a text. Plus, AR is gonna be huge.

Android Oreo

Oreo doubles down on the nuts and bolts -- and speed.

Android Wear 2.0

With lots of new features, the LG Watch Sport and Style are the first to use the new software -- and it's promising.

Apple iOS 10

iOS 10 serves up plenty of useful quality of life improvements, but a few rough edges keep it from shining too brightly.

Apple MacOS Sierra

This free OS update for Macs launches a new era, tying Apple's computer OS more closely into iOS and WatchOS.

Google Android Nougat

Android Nougat offers welcome improvements in what is a functional, if not very exciting, update.

Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

If you own a Mac, you'll want El Capitan. This update simplifies the Mac experience, improving the tools you already use while promising improved performance to come.

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