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Mad Penguin: Xandros 2.0--King of the Linux Desktop

Jan 08, 2004, 10:00 (8 Talkback[s])

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"Today, we are reviewing the Deluxe version of the distro, which retails at $99.95 USD (their standard desktop retails for $39.95 and they offer upgrade pricing from their 1.x releases starting at $29.95). The major difference between the two versions is the inclusion of CodeWeavers Crossover Office and Crossover Plugin which are included in the Deluxe version. Both releases are built on Debian 4.0 (Sarge), kernel 2.4.22, KDE 3.1.4, and XFree 4.3. This is a huge step forward for them over previous releases and I firmly believe adds tremendously to the overall value of the finished product. As with most other distros, you are also blessed with Linux computing standards such as OpenOffice.org 1.1 and Mozilla 1.4 (which is currently in stable release 1.5, but this release is close enough to perfect for me).

"Xandros 2.0 Deluxe falls in a special category of distros reserved for the would-be Windows convert. It keeps close company with its cousin LindowsOS, and with features such as seamless Windows networking, CD burning/file manager integration, directory/printer sharing, and easy software updates makes it stand head and shoulders above the rest. After reviewing other Windows-like distros such as LindowsOS, I believe Xandros has done a much better job. Let me start my review with the installation..."

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