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technofile: Cheapskate's Buying Guide: Choosing software

Dec 09, 2000, 15:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Al Fasoldt)

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"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 market)."

"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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