Security, performance, support and package selection compared -- will your favourite flavour come out on top?
Massive 8GB double-sided DVD with distros galore: Ubuntu 7.04, Mandriva 2007 Spring Free, Debian 4.0 and SimplyMepis 6.5
We show you how to run Windows software on Linux, and bring open source goodness to the Mac
Will Google Docs and Spreadsheets spell the end for traditional desktop apps?
If you look beyond version numbers, what are the real differences between today's top Linux distros? We look at security, hardware compatibility, performance, community, software selection and more -- and find the best all-round distro. (Nick Veitch, Paul Hudson, Graham Morrison) Available as a PDF to subscribers.
Windows into Wine
Can't tear yourself away from a cherished Windows program? Wine may provide the answer, as we explain in the first of two cross-platform specials. (Mike Saunders) Available as a PDF to subscribers.
FOSS beyond Linux
It's still hard to fully avoid alternative operating systems. But even in the arid desert of a proprietary platform, we find that free software is flourishing. (Graham Morrison) Available as a PDF to subscribers.
He believes that not all businesses are willing (or able) to have a perfectly pure Linux setup. If Linux -- and his company, Xandros -- are to thrive, he tells LXF, they need to accept that it's a mixed platform world. (Nick Veitch) Available as a PDF to subscribers.
8GB double-sided DVD
Four distros: Ubuntu 7.04, Mandriva 2007 Spring Free, Debian 4.0 and SimplyMepis 6.5. Plus: Opera 9.2, Thunderbird 2.0, magazine PDFs, games and more (Mike Saunders) Available as a PDF to subscribers.
Work begins on Summer of Code as Google increases sponsorship to 900 projects. Plus: Adobe opens up Flex; MS cuts another deal; Intel's Linux devices; Cedega runs Oblivion; Web 2.0 Expo; Dell chooses Ubuntu (Andy Channelle) Available as a PDF to subscribers.
Distrowatch: CentOS 5.0
Leading the field of operating systems built by recompiling the Red Hat Enterprise Linux recompilations. Plus: Linux Mint 2.2, Fedora 7, RHEL clones (Ladislav Bodnar) Available as a PDF to subscribers.