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32BitsOnline: A review of Corel Linux Deluxe

Mar 22, 2000, 23:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Dodd)

"Earlier I reviewed Corel's downloadable Linux distribution, Corel Linux. The conclusion was that Corel Linux was a solid product for those new to the Linux platform and used to an operating system such as Windows or MacOS. The Deluxe version adds a number of extra applications, including WordPerfect, making it more attractive and useful for a new Linux user coming from a different platform. This review will go over the added features of the deluxe version...."

"The Deluxe version of Corel Linux includes Netscape Communicator (instead of the Navigator that came with the downloadable version). The main difference is that Communicator can be used to read email and newsgroups, but it does help add some extra functionality. The other major addition is Corel WordPerfect 8.0, which adds a needed piece of software to the distribution. Corel has even included a copy of the WordPerfect Users's manual, which is just as good as the user's manual for Corel Linux Deluxe itself. On the driver side, the inclusion of a registered copy of the OSS sound drivers allowed the software to work perfectly on the Compaq Armada 1750 I tried, which fixed one complaint I had with the downloadable version of the software. The OSS drivers included in Corel Linux Deluxe are the commercial version, as opposed to the OSS-Free drivers which can be freely downloaded from 4Front Tech's website. I found the version included with the software to have much better support than the free version."

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