Red Hat’s Fedora 13 open-source software can serve in a full gamut of Linux roles, as long as users are prepared to upgrade their systems about once a year.
Microsoft’s flagship desktop suite comes packed with modest, albeit worthwhile, enhancements to core Office capabilities, while breaking significant new ground by pushing Office apps beyond the bounds of the Windows desktop into rich, Web-based versions that perform as well on Firefox and Safari browsers as on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Microsoft’s PowerPivot add-in for its forthcoming Excel 2010 spreadsheet enables users to work with much larger sets of data than is possible with Excel alone.
Adobe’s LiveCycle Enterprise Suite enables organizations to build applications through Adobe client technologies.
Version 3.2 of the open-source OpenOffice.org productivity suite delivers a handful of file format compatibility enhancements alongside feature tweaks for the suite’s Calc spreadsheet application and continued gains in startup speed for the suite as a whole.
Not only does Diskeeper’s software attempt to prevent fragmentation from ever occurring, but it cuts power consumption and unnecessary I/O operations.
The open-source Wine project is less a solution and more a workaround when it comes to the issue of running Windows applications on Linux.
Jitterbit is a data integration suite that organizations can use to link up disparate applications and data sources that may not be capable of communicating with each other on their own. In eWEEK Labs’ tests, Jitterbit 3.0 was easy to set up and use, and allows for a certain amount of self-service among data-savvy users.
Given enough ISV support, Wine needn’t be be a poor cross-platform solution for running Windows apps on Linux.