The arrival of four new operating systems this month spookily presaged the Microsoft trial verdict and the possibility, however remote, of Windows losing its dominant position on the world's desktops.
Three of the four were from Mandrake. Linux 7 Deluxe, Linux 7 Complete and Linux for Windows are based on Red Hat Linux but are, according to the box, easier to set up and use.
The Linux 7 releases use the 2.2.14 kernel and come with PartitionMagic and BootMagic for simple installation alongside Windows. Both come with StarOffice 5.1a and Linux Deluxe also comes with Corel WordPerfect 8 Lite, plus 900-odd other utilities. Linux for Windows gives you just Linux 6.1 but installs as an application under Windows. Prices start from £19.99.
BeOS 5 also installs under Windows and starts with a double-click of a desktop icon. Version 5 supports a wider range of IDE and SCSI drives, as well as USB and dial-up networking. It's available for free download from free.be.com.
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