Evaluation Shortlist

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2005-08-22 Print this article Print

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)

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)

Senior Analyst Jason Brooks can be reached at jason_brooks@ziffdavis.com.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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