Office/business → Office suites →
WordPerfect's history is rife with victories, but none of them are recent. It's a long, sad story, and the possibility of a happy ending diminishes with each new release. What was once the world's best word processor has become an "office suite" that has seen little innovation over the past three releases, coupled with the fact that its price tag is increasingly difficult to justify in the face of free software office suites like OpenOffice.org and less expensive word processors like TextMaker. WordPerfect Office X3 is still a great office suite, but this release has added virtually nothing of substance to the previous version, and now more than ever, there's a good chance that your desktop software needs can be met for less money and fewer licensing restrictions.
Operating systems → BSD →
I skipped writing a review of OpenBSD 3.8 last fall because I was worried that I'd sound like a broken record. Every OpenBSD release is the same: a big pile of small yet significant changes, new tools, and expanded hardware support (especially where it concerns network devices). For as long as I've been doing OpenBSD reviews -- two and a half years now -- this pattern has remained unchanged. OpenBSD 3.9 is more of the same, with the sole exception that this release's enhancements affect desktop users more than in the past few releases.
Linux/BSD hacking → BSD tutorials →
Many people responded to the call for OpenBSD and OpenSSH donations by purchasing an OpenBSD CD set. Those CDs are beginning to arrive in the mail, and when they do, how are you going to use them? If you're a software enthusiast who has never used OpenBSD before, you might enjoy installing it by yourself and figuring it out as you go. If, however, you're looking for a more practical approach to using OpenBSD as a desktop or server operating system, here's a guide to get you started.
PDA/Smartphone → Windows mobile software →
Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system has many shortcomings, many of which can be solved with add-on software. SPB Software House's Diary program makes all of your most important information -- tasks, email messages, calendar, and notes -- visible directly on your start page. After two weeks of using SPB Diary, I've come to regard it as a necessity for Pocket PCs.
Tutorials → Migration guides →
Fonts are often overlooked when switching or reinstalling operating systems, and when they're gone, it's a real hassle to try to get the right ones back again. You can spend hours or days trying to figure out where your favorite anti-aliased serif font came from and how to get it back onto your system, and for some people, not having Windows fonts in GNU/Linux is a dealbreaker. So here's how to back up your fonts and install them into GNU/Linux.
Operating systems → Linux →
It's been a while since I last reviewed Gentoo Linux because there haven't been too many significant changes in the past few releases. I've been using it as my primary desktop operating system for a year and a half, though, and I've been running my main Web/email/database server on it since October of 2004. There's a reason why I've stayed with it that long, both as a desktop and server OS -- and there's also a reason why I'm writing a review of the 2006.0 release after a long hiatus from Gentoo reviews.
Tutorials → Security tutorials →
Weblogs are being attacked, compromised, and defaced. This sort of thing has been happening for years to other kinds of Web sites, but the attacks seem to be more frequent these days, especially in the wake of the blogger grassroots effort to mirror the Mohammed cartoons. It's not that software has become less secure, and it's probably not because potential attackers have increased in number. No, the reason that attacks are more prevalent is likely because many bloggers don't know how to secure their own Web sites. Here are several in-depth tips to help independent journalists protect themselves from the barbarians who would silence them.
Tutorials → Migration guides →
Moving from Windows to GNU/Linux and need to take your saved email with you? Here's how you can do it.
Emulation/migration → Linux migration →
I first demoed Versora Progression Desktop at LinuxWorld Boston in February of 2005, and was impressed by what it could do. Basically it takes all of your essential data and program settings (and even some decidedly nonessential settings) and transfers them to GNU/Linux. I hadn't heard much from the company since then -- until Linspire announced a partnership with them recently. The deal is, Progression Desktop will move you from Windows to Linspire without any hassle. Read on for the full review.
Emulation/migration → Virtual machines →
Back in November, VMware released version 5.5 of their Workstation virtual machine product. Overall it's not a big improvement over version 5.0, but might be just the right "next step up" for those still on Workstation 4.x.