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Xandros Presto Linux review

May 12, 2009, 18:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John E. Dunn)

"Does the average PC or laptop really need to spend two minutes or more booting up and then perhaps half that powering down? According to the makers of the cut-down Linux OS, Presto, if all a user wants to do is browse the web and use a handful of basic applications, it can be done in seconds either way.

"Xandros Presto is - for want of a better term - a 'lightweight' version of the company's Debian-derived Linux distribution, and no prizes for guessing the thinking behind its name. Chopped down to a basic stub that boots in the presence of Windows, it fires up in seconds, and shuts down equally rapidly. Loading it from a laptop also running XP, it becomes obvious how bloated Windows has become over the years by comparison, even in its supposedly clean XP form."

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