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OSNews: Lindows: A Real Linux Desktop Alternative to Windows

Sep 03, 2003, 03:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Trembath)

"As a system administrator, I have used Windows on the desktop since 2.0 and used to run Windows XP at home for my family. I use Linux and Windows servers at work and prefer (Red Hat) Linux for its security, stability and usefulness in a company with a diminishing IT budget. More than a year ago I started experimenting with Linux as a desktop solution and after installing and using more than 7 different distros along with many various versions of those distros, I found a distro that is doing everything its suppose to do, right out of the box. I'm talking about the pleasantly suprising Lindows 4.0.

"Let me tell you about the other distros I tried first. In my latest round of beating myself up with new linux desktops, I installed the new beta from Red Hat and was pretty impressed with the install process, the automatic detection and setup of hardware on my Dell laptop, and the new X-based startup screen. Without getting into detail, it did a great job of doing all the above and worked flawlessly. Where it disappointed me was how it functioned after the install. My first task was to get access to the Internet through my built-in wireless card, success! It automatically detected and set it up. Next was to install browser plugins , Xine and Mplayer. Installing browser plugins in Linux has always required someone who knows Linux and is not for the novice user. One has to deal with using su commands to get proper permissions and some basic knowledge of running programs from command line. Then there is installing the Java VM which is even a bigger hassle..."

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