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LinuxPlanet: Sneak Preview: Corel Linux OS Second Edition

Aug 07, 2000, 13:01 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"...My neighbor's unfortunate notions about the matter aside, the trend in the Linux world is clear: usability for the mythical "average user" is getting better in steady increments. The milieu into which Corel placed itself less than a year ago has changed as a result: if you can boot from a CD, agree to some defaults, and get a live network connection up, you're only a download away from two solid and stable desktop environments that remain generally distribution agnostic (if you stick to the major players)."

"So Corel is dealing with proving a value proposition as it tries to maintain its place as a distribution for people who want to experience Linux but don't want to suffer for it, even as most major distributions are taking the pain out of installing Linux. As ever, the questionable Windows 98 standard looms in the background, as well. If Corel managed to outshine every other distribution in ease of installation and use, it would still be faced with overcoming the simplicity people perceive to exist in Windows."

"Corel has kept their product very simple to install, configure, and use. It may lack the sense of being uniquely slick it carried just nine or ten months ago, but it still provides one of the most unthreatening and easy introductions to Linux out there. For the most part, little new ground is broken with this edition. There are some additional tweaks and features that are very welcome, but the core distribution remains largely the same: no surprise for a point release."

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