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OfB.biz: Lindows at the Showdown

Feb 14, 2003, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)

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"Lindows is a rather polarizing distribution in many ways. For the most part, people either love it or hate it, both for the company's attitude and the distribution itself. We'll consider that in a bit, but first comes the question of how it stacks up to other distributions technically.

"The first potential issue in any distribution, although one I've only encountered a handful of times, is whether the setup program will boot. Unfortunately, it would seem that LindowsOS now joins its close relative Xandros Desktop in having a problem at the boot up stage. Like Xandros Desktop, LindowsOS chokes on our new test box after getting to the 'detecting hardware' portion of the boot process (before actually launching into the setup tool). During our testing we did try the various alternate options (including using the frame buffer mode) and the only option that worked was the recovery mode that dumps one at a prompt without anyway to get into setup.

"This is a rather curious issue as we have tested many other distributions on this system, including SuSE Linux, Mandrake Linux, Red Hat Linux, Lycoris Desktop/LX, and Ark Linux without any major hardware issues (i.e. all of them provided a working setup and working system)..."

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