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NewsForge: Redmond Linux: Are we there yet?

Dec 18, 2001, 18:22 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin 'Roblimo' Miller)
"The only applications included with Redmond Linux right now are KOffice, Mozilla, and a demo version of a commercial financial management program for Linux that crashed the first time I tried to start it. I needed more applications than what came with the "stripped" distro in order to use Redmond Linux in any meaningful way, and they weren't there. I figured I could probably download them from the company's Web site, so I went there. But the download page was nothing but a list of mirrors where I could get the same ISOs I already had. I went to the support page and still found nothing to download.

Sure, there are some nice utilities already bundled, like a word processor, image viewer and graphics creation software, a spreadsheet and some others. This is a great start, except for the fact that they are mostly not-quite the latest KOffice components, and not all of them are as functional as they ought to be. KWord, especially, the word processor in Redmond Linux, has crashed on me every time I have tried to use it, and today's test was no exception. Word processing is an absolutely basic function for a home or small business computer. Without reliable word processing, a student can't even use a computer to do homework. I tried downloading AbiWord RPMs and installing them, but ran into dependency problems. I managed to install StarOffice 5.2 from a CD, but not many people have StarOffice CDs sitting around. Redmond Linux could take care of this problem by packaging a recent build of OpenOffice, the Open Source successor to StarOffice, on a second CD, along with several other useful (or fun) programs.

Add a later Mozilla than the 8.X version included, and include pico as a console text editor instead of forcing new Linux users to wrestle with vi if they have reason to do a little command line work, and this would truly be Linux you could install on a non-technical relative's machine with confidence that they'd be able to use it without calling you for help all the time."

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