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Linux is a free Operating System if you download it from the internet. Linux comes in different distributions, such as RedHat, Mandrake, Debian, etc. So you must go to those respective sites in order to download your free copy. You can always buy the retail version at your local computer store, which gives you the benefit of tech support.

Once you download Linux, you must burn the image onto a disk and use the disk to install it. There are tutorials on each of the sites to explain how to do this. Roxio Easy CD Creator and Nero, one of which probably came with your CD burner, each allow you to burn these ISO images to disk.

You can run Linux on a separate machine, or dual boot it with Windows.

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Remove Spyware from your PC

Ad-aware is a free multi spyware removal utility, that scans your memory, registry and hard drives for known spyware components and lets you remove them safely from programs that install this tracking info.

Email Backup Program

Email Saver Xe allows you to easily backup all of your information from your e-mail program. You can backup and restore all messages, your address book, message rules, signatures and more. Set it up to automatically backup your data daily, weekly or any time interval you choose. Email Saver Xe also allows you to synchronize your e-mail data with other computers. It supports Outlook Express, Eudora, IncrediMail and others. Requirements: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP. Cost: Free 15-day trial, $29.95 to keep

Email Spam Stopper

Finding it hard to be removed from mailing lists? Getting harassed by someone on your email? Tired of getting junk email from unknown sources? Why not make them think you no longer exist by bouncing back their email so it looks like your address has been closed down.  Discover the safe way to stop unwanted viruses and e-mails before they get to your computer. Cost; Free


Acrobat Reader 5.0 - Used to read .pdf's
AutoRoute SMTP - Switch smtp servers for laptops
Blat - Sends email from the command line
DCom95 - Win95 Rel. 1.3 (required for Winfax 10 sharing)
DCom98 - Win98 Rel. 1.3 (required for Winfax 10 sharing)
2xExplorer - Windows Explorer w/ 2 Panels
FreePDF - Used to create .pdf's ( pc experts only )
IE Window Max - Open Internet Explorer Maximized
NS-AdFree - Removes ads in Netscape Messenger
ZoneAlarm - PC Firewall (free for personal use)
SysID - Displays system information (cpu/ram/speed)
Virtual Touchpad Cover - Turns laptop touchpad on/off
Windows 2000 SP2 - 101 MB Executable File
WinZip - Windows archive program

Acer                   Drivers from A-Open & Acer Modems/Video
BVS Solitaire       BVS Solitaire 320 Card Games Free download
Gigabyte            Gigabyte Motherboard drivers
Ski Maps             Snow Ski maps, trails and conditions of most major Ski Hills
Logitech             Keyboard & mouse drivers
Webshots            Free Screensavers & Wallpaper
Vancouver Isl      Free Screensavers of Vancouver Island and more
Office Suite        Free Office Suite Software (Word, Excel compatible)
EarthViewer       View your house from space. Needs Nvidia video card
Recalls               Safety Alerts, Recall notices, search recalls, etc
Gas Prices          Find the lowest gas prices in BC!

The OS Files Link Download Comments
DR-DOS download-file Caldera's DOS, available for free noncommercial use, source code is available
FreeDOS download-page An independently developed DOS, with source code
RxDOS download-page An independently developed DOS, with source code
Corel Linux download-page Get CD-images (requires CD-Burner)
Debian Linux download-page Linux download FTP sites
Mandrake Linux download-page Linux download page
OpenLinux download-form Caldara's Desktop Linux, fill out form to get
Red Hat Linux download-page Red Hat's download page
Slackware Linux download-page Download from HTTP or FTP
Storm Linux download-page Download open version
SuSE Linux download-page Download SuSE Linux
TurboLinux download-page Download Workstation or Server
AtheOS download-page Download AtheOS
Darwin download-page Download or buy Darwin
Free BSD download-page Free Unix OS
NetBSD download-page Free Unix OS, supported on many CPU platforms
OpenBSD download-page Free Unix OS, supported on many CPU platforms
Solaris download-page Now $20 for dowload, $45 for CD and DVDs w/source



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Security Tools

Anti-Virus Software available for free at Grisoft: AVG AntiVirus
Firewall Protection available for free at Zone Labs: Zone Alarm Firewall
Security Failure Detection for webmasters available free at WebMasterFree: Access Diver

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Network and Internet Tools

Security Failure Detection for webmasters available free at WebMasterFree: Access Diver
Reports, Pings, Traces, Who-is Lookup available free at DNS Stuff
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SecureIIS - Application Firewall Download Evaluation Video Demo
Retina - Network Security Scanner Download Evaluation Video Demo
Iris - Network Traffic Analyzer Download Evaluation Video Demo



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Keeping your system up to date could save you from being exploited. Visit Microsoft Update today!

Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows XP, is more reliable than Windows 98SE and ME.

Run the Windows XP Advisor to see if your system meets the XP's requirements.

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