Emulation/migration → Virtual machines →
With last month's release of VMware Workstation 5, the virtual machine software is better than ever. VMware Workstation now has 64-bit host support, the ability to capture multiple snapshots for each virtual machine, easier sharing of virtual machines, and the ability to connect multiple virtual machines in a "team" setting. Perhaps most importantly, GNU/Linux support is improved in version 5.
Emulation/migration → Emulation frameworks →
CrossOver Office, the Windows API emulation framework for GNU/Linux, is finally at version 5.0 after some delay. While CrossOver has always been useful but never quite perfect, this new release is a breakthrough in Windows compatibility and GNU/Linux desktop integration. If you've been in "wait and see" mode with CrossOver Office, this is the release that should push you toward it.
Office/business → Office suites →
After two years of development, OpenOffice.org (OO.org) 2.0 is finally here. I've been using the past several beta releases in SUSE 9.3 Professional, which is packaged with a pre-release development build of OO.org 2.0, and I have to say that I like it a lot. It still has its shortcomings -- all programs do -- but version 2.0 is a significant improvement over 1.1
Operating systems → BSD →
The FreeBSD operating system is finally through it's buggy 5.x series and into the more reliable 6.x series. Most of the problems of the old days -- kernel panics on multi-CPU machines, AMD64 troubles galore, and shaky network drivers -- are gone. FreeBSD still isn't perfect, but at least with 6.0-RELEASE it's more stable and functional than it has been in the recent past.
Linux/BSD hacking → Linux optimizations →
When you're done installing SUSE Linux 10.0, your desktop system is not complete. If you installed the OSS version, you still need support for Java programs, MP3 audio files, and browser plugins for Macromedia Flash, Adobe Acrobat, RealPlayer, and Windows Media Video. If you installed the commercial edition you might have all of those things, but still not have support for playing DVD videos on your computer. Here's how to effectively make SUSE Linux 10.0 into a desktop powerhouse. Using SUSE 10.1? Try this guide instead.
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