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OSNews: Review of Xandros Desktop 1.0

Nov 27, 2002, 07:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by N. Heron)

"Linux users might be a little surprised that during boot up Xandros doesn't have kernel or init messages scrolling up the screen. Instead there are a couple of little messages ticking off the completion of their tasks (Checking root filesystem...OK, Checking all filesystems...OK). It's just one of the touches designed to bring Linux a little closer to the Windows experience, kinda like the little flare music as the desktop opens and closes.

"The Xandros desktop itself is a customized KDE 2.2.2 (the Launch button has the Xandros logo) on XFree4.2. After the initial reboot and login the user will encounter the First Run Wizard. The Wizard guides the user through a few further simple setting options such as mouse button settings, regional settings and date and time, printer settings, and some system behaviour (such as Windows look alike options, among them the Default, KDE etc.). Not to mention electronic registration of your shiny new Xandros product.

"Xandros has it's own desktop file system manager that's quick, configurable and more or less looks like Windows Explorer (more Windows 9X than XP). Xandros automatically mounts all other partitions under the folder Other Filesystems (from the command line they're parked under /disks.). Some of the intricacies of Linux are still there. Click above /home and a Windows user might get confused by /root, /usr, /etc. The key to sorting it out is to remember that more or less the same names and look are present. Keep it in mind and no one should get terribly confused in normal user mode in the home directory..."

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