"Have any geeks (computer nuts) on your list? The ultimate gift
for them might be a new operating system. Although I'm a huge fan
of Linux and use Linux for just about everything I do, I'll admit I
have a weakness for the sexy and superbly designed Be operating
system. Anybody can get a free version of BeOS, but a cool idea is
a packaged version; it has more features and comes with a good
manual. Go to www.be.com for more information."
"Of course, Linux is the hottest operating system ever
introduced, surpassing the Macintosh this year as the No. 2
operating system after Windows. It's always free if you don't mind
downloading, but do your geek recipient a favor and buy a packaged
version. My choice: Mandrake Linux 7.2. Stay away from Red Hat
Linux (it's not as easy as Mandrake to install and use) and avoid
Corel Linux (Corel seems to be abandoning the Linux
"For Macintosh geeks, the ultimate operating system is Apple's
OS X (Operating System 10). It's not ready for sale yet, but
Apple's selling it anyway -- as a test program. Order a CD right
now for your geeky friend or relative. Go to www.apple.com and look
for the OS X link."
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