Evaluation Shortlist Apples Mac OS X 10.4 Apples Tiger, or a future big cat, already boasts the sort of interface to which Vista aspires. Its tough to imagine that Vista will eclipse OS X in the search and privilege management areas in which Tiger already excels. If Apple opts to change course and unbundle its x86-powered OS X from Apple-only hardware, it would be set to give Vista a real fight (www.apple.com) Microsofts Windows XP Professional Probably Vistas toughest competition. While long in the tooth, Service Pack 2 at least stopped up many of the security holes that could have sent users streaming to Vista (www.microsoft.com)Senior Analyst Jason Brooks can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Next Page: Whats Coming Your Way.
Novell Inc.s OpenSuSE 9.3 The worlds various Linuxes, perhaps led in feature breadth and completeness by Novells offering, run on more hardware than Windows or Mac OS, and SuSE ships with the best of what the fast-moving open-source software community has to offer (www.novell.com/suse)