12 great apps for bridging Windows, Linux and Macs

Windows, Mac, and Linux -- make peace, not war.

Blogger Ron Barrett has scoured the IT world to bring you this list of affordably priced business productivity tools that run on any desktop (many are even free). Also check out Barrett's full review of each tool in his A Better Windows World blog .

After you've checked out the slideshow, let us know if we missed anything and if you've got a favorite cross-platform productivity tool.

Likewise Software\'s Likewise Enterprise

Integrates Windows, Linux, Unix and MAC systems into Active Directory and provides hundreds of ready-made policies. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

2 xTuple\'s ERP

Provides cross-platform accounting, ERP and CRM tools for businesses based on a hybrid open source licensing scheme. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

Wimba\'s Classroom 5.2

A cross-platform virtual classroom that combines audio, video, content display and application sharing. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

SolarWinds\' Orion Network Performance Monitor

Real-time network performance and in-depth analytics for servers, routers and switches in your cross-platform networks. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

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SharedPlan Software\'s SharedPlan Pro

Simple project management software for a heterogeneous environment. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

PurplePixie Systems\' FreeNATS

The name says it all -- the best of both worlds. A Network Automatic Testing System (NATS) that is open source (Free) and cross-platform. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

Compiere\'s  Compiere\'s  3.0

Open Source ERP, CRM, plus OSS & CSS and more acronyms than you can shake a stick at. Barrett claims Compiere is a great package to manage your business. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

xTuple OPENRPT

OPENRPT is an open source and cross platform database reporting tool. OPENRPT, comes as part of xTuple ERP (slide No. 3 in this slideshow) or as a standalone database reporting tool. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

Zimbra\'s Collaboration Suite 5.0

A cross-platform e-mail and collaboration suite. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

Zope.org\'s Zope

An open source content management, intranet, portal and application server for your cross-platform environment. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

PresenterNet\'s PresenterNet

Web conferencing for Windows/Mac/Linux users with any browser, nothing to install. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

Civil Engines Research\'s Civil Netizen

personal file transfer system to move files between cross-platform systems easily. ( See Ron Barrett's full review .)

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