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LinuxPlanet: Xandros Desktop--Not Your Father's Linux Distribution

Nov 11, 2002, 19:00 (3 Talkback[s])

"Once you log in and get past the First Run Wizard, using Xandros Desktop is a breeze. Xandros Desktop is based on the 2.4.19 kernel, which is quite up-to-date and provides robust support for popular subsystems such as USB. Xandros uses the devfs filesystem for populating and managing device entries in /dev, which can be confusing the first time you execute the df command but provides greater flexibility for hot-swap devices. Xandros also uses the new "hotplug" scheme for monitoring and managing hot-swap and removable media device. Xandros uses LILO rather than GRUB as a boot manager, which is acceptable but surprisingly dated considering how up-to-the-minute the rest of Xandros' underpinning are.

"Xandros' selection of bundled software is similarly up-to-date. OpenOffice 1.0.1, Acrobat Reader 5.0, and GIMP 1.2.3 are also pre-installed in a Complete Install, which also includes pre-installed IBM Java2-13. All of this contributes to a perception of Xandros Desktop as an impressively modern and thorough desktop distribution.

"Xandros has spent a fair amount of time branding and customizing the KDE 2.2.2 desktop to differentiate themselves from the pack, which is probably why they haven't jumped to KDE 3.0 yet. Besides just shuffling bitmaps, backgrounds, and application title bars, Xandros has developed a few applications that are Xandros-specific. The Xandros Update utility is Xandros' answer to applications such as Red Hat's up2date and Ximian's RedCarpet utilities. More impressive than Xandros Update is the Xandros File Manager, which is slick and multi-function enough to cause severe application envy in fans of KDE's Konqueror or GNOME's Nautilus..."

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