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CNET.com: OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 [Review]

Oct 28, 2000, 20:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael P. Deignan)

"As its name implies, Caldera's latest Linux distribution release, OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4, is intended for desktop users, a group that remains firmly entrenched in the Windows camp. But with this release, Caldera dangles an Internet carrot in front of Windows users, hoping to lure some of them with eDesktop's quick, easy Internet access features. Building on the highly stable and successful OpenLinux platform, Caldera again delivers a product that should attract current Caldera users, users of other distributions, and newcomers to the Linux community."

"eDesktop is more than just another Linux distribution. While some vendors try to get away with slapping a few utilities and apps onto a CD with a stock Linux distribution, Caldera adds real value to its distribution. Caldera's starting point is version 2.2.14 of the Linux kernel, enhanced with a useful array of some of the best commercial and open source software around. As an added inducement for Windows users, eDesktop supports dual booting with Microsoft Windows so that you can have your Linux without forsaking a functional Windows environment."

"Caldera backs this version of OpenLinux with ample support alternatives. As a registered eDesktop user, you get 30 days of free phone support and 90 days of free email and Web support. The company's Enhanced Support program offers a variety of fee-based plans, including unlimited telephone or email support, round-the-clock or extended-business-hours coverage, and a choice of response options (1 hour, 24 hours, and so on). If you don't think you need a support contract, you can get help on an as-needed basis."

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