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Xandros Presto Linux review

May 12, 2009, 18:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John E. Dunn)

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"Does the average PC or laptop really need to spend two minutes or more booting up and then perhaps half that powering down? According to the makers of the cut-down Linux OS, Presto, if all a user wants to do is browse the web and use a handful of basic applications, it can be done in seconds either way.

"Xandros Presto is - for want of a better term - a 'lightweight' version of the company's Debian-derived Linux distribution, and no prizes for guessing the thinking behind its name. Chopped down to a basic stub that boots in the presence of Windows, it fires up in seconds, and shuts down equally rapidly. Loading it from a laptop also running XP, it becomes obvious how bloated Windows has become over the years by comparison, even in its supposedly clean XP form."

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