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ConsultingTimes.com: A Distribution is (Re)born (Xandros Outlines Plans for Corel Distro)

Aug 31, 2001, 11:30 (16 Talkback[s])
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CT: You say you're the first end-to-end Linux desktop -- what exactly do you mean by that?
Bego: The genesis of Xandros comes from Linux Global Partners [LGP]. We began looking at the Linux market three years ago. We initially saw the problem as one of not enough applications. So we were interested in investing in companies that would round out what would be used to fulfill the desktop. You can have a great operating system, but if once you load it up there's nothing to do, it's not that great for the normal user. So Xandros was created to fulfill the promise to offer a complete solution. There are three adjectives that we like to use to describe what we're going to be offering: complete, simple, and supported.

CT: In what ways would Mandrake or Red Hat not be complete?
Bego: It's not so much that they are not complete, but we are really focusing on the desktop market and the different verticals within the desktop. So we're not trying to be something to the server community as well. We have learned a lot from the strategic partnership with Corel. The people that we picked up from there know what users need on their desktops, what they don't need, and how to put a solution together that will make people very happy. Corel Linux went through two releases and won the PC World award for the best new technology for the year 2000 off their 2.0 version. We're basing our distribution on version 3.0, so we're excited about that.

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