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DesktopLinux.com: A review of ELX, "everyone's Linux"

Dec 10, 2001, 19:07 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Emmily Prado)
"I recently got my test copy of Elx (Everyone's Linux), which made it almost certain to me that Linux is going to be on everybody's desktop much sooner than I ever expected. The complete system is so well crafted for users of Windows that it took my friend, who is a hardcore Windowsian, quite a while to figure out that its not just "another" version of his favorite Windows. "Is it some XP or something" came the reply before he could find out that it was Elx.

I had begun to become insensitive to claims of average Desktop user oriented Linux versions, after installing and using them for quite some time. My journey began with Caldera and recently ended with Mandrake 8.0, which I thought possibly the best that Linux can do for average Desktop users. Yet Mandrake, too, was a far cry from my expectations as a simple user, and so I concluded that it will take some serious efforts and time for Linux to live up to the expectations and requirements of an average Desktop user who does his/her work comfortably with Windows today.

And I think this situation has been well understood by the Elx team, which identified the brightest parts of open source, weaved them together, preserved the familiarity and ease (or habitualization, if you prefer so) of Windows and did what was very much required, creating the best Linux Desktop that has ever resided on my PC."

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