On this month's DVD, take advantage of the full versions of Internet Cleanup 4, Shopkeeper 6 Light, Ashampoo Magical Optimizer and Ashampoo Magical Snap, as well as the ISO image of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, which you can use to install the Linux operating system.
There's also solid entertainment in the form of playable demos of Command & Conquer III and Supreme Commander, both spiritual or literal sequels to world-class realtime strategy game series. Additionally, check out the sword-fighting action of the Determinance demo and Code of Honour: The French Foreign Legion demo. FULL CONTENTS
Full Version Software
Internet Cleanup 4
Ashampoo Magical Optimizer
Shopkeeper 6 Light
Ashampoo Magical SnapFreeware
Ambient Design ArtRage
DeepBurner Free 1.8
GIMP help files
GTK+ 2 Runtime Environment v2.10.6 (required for installation of the GIMP)
Open Office 2.1
The GIMP 2.2.13Games
Command & Conquer 3
Supreme Commander Demo
Trivial Pursuit Bring on the 90's Edition Demo
Code of Honor: The French Foreign Legion DemoMusic
Tracks by Julia MichaelsEditorial
Real World Benchmarks
Creating a burned CD-R from an ISO image with DeepBurnerUpdates - Windows
Ad-aware SE Personal 1.06
Adobe Reader 8
AVG 7.5.432 Free Edition
EditPad Pro 6.2.1
Google Desktop Search 4
Google Earth 4 Beta
Microsoft Windows Media Player 11
Spybot Search & Destroy 1.4
True Launch Bar 4.1
Zone Labs ZoneAlarm Firewall Updates - Internet
AOL Instant Messenger 6.0
Crazy Browser 3.0 Beta2
Diino 4 Trial Account
Google Toolbar 4.0
LeechGet 2006 v201650
Mozilla Firefox 2.0
Mozilla Thunderbird 220.127.116.11
MSN Messenger 7.0 (98/ME)
Portable Firefox 2.0
Remote Administrator 2.2
Trillian Basic 3.1
Windows Live MessengerUpdates - Patches
ATI Catalyst 7.1 Control Center Package (XP)
AVG Free Edition Updates
Norton AntiVirus definitions update
NVIDIA Forceware drivers 81.98 (95/98/ME)
NVIDIA Forceware drivers 93.71 (2000/XP)
NVIDIA Forceware drivers for 8800 Version 97.92
Spybot Search & Destroy Update
VIA HyperionPro drivers 5.11A
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