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NewsForge: Review: LindowsOS sneak preview - it's not vaporware after all

Jan 26, 2002, 00:21 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)
"...Keeping in mind that this is an early beta of LindowsOS, one of the first questions that comes to mind is, who is Michael Robertson targeting? Once the Windows user gets LindowOS installed, he's looking at an interface that is, while similar to Windows, a foreign one. I already knew how to look for a console or get out of the GUI, and how to set up the network parameters -- even though this was about a two-click process, a newbie isn't going to just know how to do it. There's no help on the Lindows site or within the desktop, either. There's no interactive forum or official tech support avenue other than a feedback form at Lindows.com.

There's something scary about an imaginary LindowsOS-from-Windows convert, happily running as root, downloading emails with infected .exe or .pif screensavers attached -- or even with infected .rpms. Oh well, as long as it's not in my house. Our Insider got Outlook running and found that yes, it would happily execute common worms. But remember, he couldn't get his Norton antivirus program to work. LindowsOS developers may want to work with one of the antivirus software publishers to correct this before they release their product to the general public.

Linux users will find this preview fun to play with, but LindowsOS appears to be hampered without a Windows partition, which defeats the implied purpose of Lindows: to be able to freely run all Windows apps on Linux with no need for Windows. To reach Linux people, this needs to be a true Linux -- easy to install but configurable; transparent to the user so that if he chooses to make changes he can; and secure -- unless Robertson is only seeking previous Windows users who are not interested in configurability and security. And if that is the case, I wonder what benefit Robertson thinks there is for these people to switch to LindowsOS?"

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