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Network Computing: Xandros--Mom's New Linux Desktop

Nov 26, 2002, 10:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don MacVittie)

"Corel Linux has been reinvented as Xandros, a user-friendly flavor of the operating system. I've seen Xandros in action, and while it doesn't signal the end of the road for other desktop OSs, I see it as the on-ramp of a superhighway...

"Linux for the desktop is weak in two areas: It doesn't support familiar (meaning Windows) applications, and it's difficult to install. OS/2 should have taught the entire industry what happens when an excellent operating system is difficult to install: It goes on the shelf, and something else goes on the computer. Don't get me wrong--the major distributions of Linux get better with each release, but even with the Windows feel of the Red Hat 8.0 install, my mother wouldn't have been able to install it.

"Xandros seems to have overcome both trouble spots. This distribution appears to be intended as a Windows replacement, without the Microsoft 'you can't do this, you can't do that, we can do anything we want' licensing plan. I'm confident my mother could install it..."

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