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LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: Libranet 1.2.2

Jun 01, 2000, 14:32 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"As Linux continues to make more and more inroads into the mainstream consumer market (i.e., Users Formerly Known as Windows Users), an interesting trend is developing. Distributions are becoming tighter and more packaged than ever. Many of the configuration changes Linux users could traditionally make are downplayed or, in the case of the latest offering by Corel, hidden altogether. Linux distributors are realizing what hardcore Linux users may not want to understand: the "average" user just wants to work on the PC. Or play on it. Not play with it and its operating system."

"One of the distributors that fall into this new category is Libra Computer Systems, Ltd., a company out of Vancouver, BC. Their Linux offering, Linux by Libranet, tries to take this approach to providing Linux to users new to the operating system. Instead of presenting a lot of choices, decisions, and individual setups to make during and installation, Libranet wants to get a working desktop environment up and running on your PC with minimum user input. Once installed, Libranet provides customization and application choices on its feature-rich desktop."

"After examining the Libranet distribution on the surface, it could be safe to say that this is really Debian with all the options loaded. ... Libranet is a good distribution [for] intermediate users or any user who just wants to use Linux--not spend a lot of time hunting and gathering applications and configuring their machines. I would also recommend Libranet for new users, provided they can get past the clunky installation program. If Libranet is to be positioned for the new-user market, then the installation program is going to need to be streamlined, the documentation improved, or both."

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