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Microsoft's Windows Services for Unix will be most useful if you've already made the decision to switch platforms. This free download will also make life easier for Unix experts who need to use a Windows desktop system.
LindowsOS 4.0 remains the easiest Linux distribution around, but its software subscription scheme can get pricey. We'd also prefer more bundled applications.
If your living space is restricted, Windows XP Media Center Edition lets you watch and record TV on your PC.
Can you use a Linux system successfully in a Windows-dominated environment? That's what SuSE's Linux Desktop is designed to facilitate. We find that you can, although there are plenty of glitches to iron out.
Red Hat 9 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 version of Red Hat) for a better mix of price and features.
Mandrake Linux 9.1 is in virtual lockstep with Red Hat and SuSE, but offers cleaner fonts and support for partitioning NTFS drives.
Installing 'desktop' Linux used to be far too technical for the majority of Windows users. But things have changed. We examine the two most user-friendly Linux distributions after LindowsOS -- Red Hat and SuSE.
Red Hat remains a solid Linux contender, but Windows switchers or dual-booters should choose SuSE for its easier installation.
SuSE Linux 8.1 is an extremely friendly choice for Windows users. If you're switching or dual-booting, make this distribution your first choice.
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition makes tablet PCs easier to use, but the whole package isn't ready to replace your primary PC.
Lindows truly is a viable consumer alternative to Windows or Mac OS -- especially if you're on a budget.
Windows XP's first service pack is a worthwhile download -- if only for the security patches -- as long as you have the bandwidth. If not, you're better off using Windows Update or ordering it on CD.
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 beaten. But home users, beware the £99 upgrade price if you're not looking for networking options.
Thanks to version 10.1, OS X is now ready for the masses. If you already have OS X, upgrade now. OS 9 users should wait for Microsoft Office X to ship.
A good choice for getting started with Linux, or for developing a small network of Linux clients.