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SUSE Linux 10 review

On October 6, Novell officially released SUSE Linux 10, the latest edition of its heavily armed desktop operating system. It offers a choice of great-looking desktop environments, a gigantic selection of desktop software that can do practically anything you could want, and the much-acclaimed YaST setup and configuration program. It's easy to install, easy to use, and it's definitely in the running for the best desktop operating system currently in production.

Mandriva Linux 2006 PowerPack Edition review

It's not often that you see a desktop operating system aimed at power users. Usually an experienced user is expected to build the operating system from the command line ala FreeBSD, Gentoo, Debian, Slackware, or Linux From Scratch; or to spend hours customizing one of the totally GUI-controlled distros like SUSE or Xandros. Either of those options can take hours of research, config file hacking, and software downloading and installing. Mandriva Linux PowerPack Edition is quite a departure from both of those scenarios -- it allows the experienced user to easily make the OS into exactly what he wants without all the extra "new user" stuff.

Mafia review

My wife walked into the room while I was playing Mafia. It was past midnight -- you know how it is when you're really into a game -- no sound in the house except for that of bullets flying all around the screen. "What game are you playing?" she asked -- a normal question, nothing to get excited about. But this is not a normal game, so I slap her across the face and tell her I'm playing Mafia. "I told you before, never ask me about my games."

Unreal Tournament 2004 review

The successful Unreal Tournament series continues with UT2004. In short, it's much like UT2003 in terms of graphics and gameplay, but there are some very important additions that make UT2004 a must-have: player vehicles and two new game modes that bring a whole new dimension to the standard FPS.

Tron 2.0 review

Many computer gamers weren't even born yet when the original Tron hit movie theaters in 1982, followed a short time later by a hit video game that offered a glimpse of an oddly prophetic computer-dominated future. On the other hand, maybe you're old enough to remember but at the time couldn't understand the high tech concepts used in the movie to fully appreciate the imagination of the creators.Now, twenty-two years later, Tron 2.0 gives us a second opportunity to immerse ourselves in a brand new adventure in a world that exists inside of a computer.

Hitman review

There are a lot of different great FPS games out there today, and at a glance the Hitman games could be taken as just another ordinary series. It wasn't the first of its kind, and its not going to be the last, but the gameplay experience as well as the story and the appeal of the main character make it original, cool and different.

Total Pro Football review

If you're like me -- a complete NFL junkie and a card-carrying member of Video Gamers Anonymous -- you've longed for an accurate, highly detailed, engaging football sim game. I have played the Maddens and Game Days of the world for years but there was always something missing. I wanted complete control over all football operations, from draft day and managing the coaching staff to signing free agents and more. I think I've finally found my perfect game.

Solaris 10 review

Sun has put a tremendous amount of effort into its Solaris 10 operating system with the intention of rebuilding both its Unix market share and its relationship with free software developers. This article looks at the impressive new features that make Solaris 10 an amazing operating system and also some flaws that prevent it from being perfect.

PlanMaker 2004 review

Spreadsheet development has more or less solidified over the past year, and that means that the door is open for smaller companies and Free Software projects to walk in and grab market share with capable, inexpensive competition. That's probably the best way to describe PlanMaker for Linux: capable, inexpensive, cross-platform competition for Microsoft Excel 2003. You won't find a more Excel-compatible spreadsheet on any operating system, but all that glitters is not Microsoft compatibility.

dtSearch 7.0 review

When you reach a point of data supersaturation -- when the amount of data you have is so great that it has become unmanageable -- you need a tool to sort through it. Most individual computer users will never reach this point because single user data tends to be replaced or deleted when it becomes irrelevant. Businesses, on the other hand, often need to keep every document, email, log file, and chat session on file for many years. Even when your company is well organized, you still will need software to index and search the data. That's where dtSearch comes in -- it's a suite of desktop and network search tools that can end the hassle associated with managing large amounts of data.