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Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring

The latest version of Mandriva is a competent and well-implemented desktop release with lots to commend it to those with some Linux know-how.

May 28, 2008 by Alan Stevens


Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Hardy Heron is an incremental set of advances on earlier versions, but all the advances are in the right direction. Unfortunately, a known and unfixed bug means we can't currently recommend it for enterprise use.

April 25, 2008 by Rupert Goodwins


Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 is easier to install and manage than previous versions, and has many new and improved features that should encourage organisations to upgrade.

February 26, 2008 by Roger Howorth

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Deploying Windows Vista: Hands On

This training course provides an engaging in-depth insight into the advantages, and pitfalls, of deploying Microsoft's latest operating system.

February 25, 2008 by Richard Thurston


Ubuntu 7.10

Although it's not a massive jump from the previous version, Ubuntu 7.10 is slightly more usable if you're more accustomed to Windows, and is now better at co-existing with Windows on the same machine.

November 1, 2007 by Jonathan Bennett


Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5

Production-quality XenSource virtualisation is the main selling point here, with optional clustering and storage virtualisation to go with it. But there’s a lot more besides, making the new Red Hat Enterprise Linux a compelling solution for businesses of all sizes.

April 3, 2007 by Alan Stevens


Mandriva Flash

Mandriva Flash gives you a well-stocked and flexible Linux distribution in an extremely portable and secure USB flash drive format. If you're confident of finding a host system that you can reboot on your travels, this could be all the computer you need.

January 5, 2007 by


Ubuntu 6.06 LTS

Ubuntu is a powerful, free, ready-to-run desktop Linux distribution that's eminently suitable for mainstream use. Although the complexities of the system impose a steep learning curve on Windows users who plan to support an installation themselves, our experiences with version 6.06 LTS suggest that this is manageable.

June 6, 2006 by Rupert Goodwins


Fedora Core 5

This distribution delivers the latest Linux gizmos in an easy-to-install package. It's aimed at enthusiasts and developers, and is not for novices; nor is it something you’d want to run your business on.

March 24, 2006 by Alan Stevens

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Linux: a Buyer's Guide for SMEs

Windows isn’t the only operating system in town: there's growing interest in Linux and open-source applications, both for server and desktop deployment. This guide looks at what small businesses have to gain by going down this route, and where the pitfalls lie.

January 20, 2006 by



Walk into any small business and, for the most part, you’ll find individually licensed Windows desktops connected via Windows networks to Windows servers running Windows applications. However, it doesn’t have to be that way, and an increasing number of companies are discovering the benefits of switching some, if not all, of their IT to the open source Linux platform.

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