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NewsForge: Review: Lindows 2.0 Has Beautiful Skin, Iffy Personality

Sep 20, 2002, 22:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"Lindows 2.0 looks cool, I have to admit. The company has stopped aping KDE and gotten a desktop look that is more its own. Lindows has made scant concessions to the knowledgeable, allowing for a somewhat more advanced setup configuration. I'm still concerned for the newbies, though.

"The latest release of Lindows recognized all the hardware on an eMachine T1090 and an IBM ThinkPad T20. (Though the sound card wouldn't work on the T20--not surprising because it won't work on any other distribution I've tried.) It installed so quickly I was worried something had gone wrong, especially considering it asks for one whole gigabyte of hard drive space. It took less than five minutes to install, compared to 15 or 20 minutes for a medium-sized installation of Mandrake.

"Because Lindows is marketed to the disgruntled Windows user, I figured I'd try to do it justice and install it on a Windows ME system..."

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