NewsForge: And in this corner, it’s ‘everyone’s Linux’…

“ELX (everyone’s Linux) is almost ready for user-level
desktops. The basic package installed easily on the two computers I
used to test it. My first install was done at a meeting of the
Suncoast LUG in Brandon, Florida. Other members also tried ELX and
gave it high marks. We tested Pre-I, a far-from-finished release,
and now we’re eagerly awaiting ELX Pre-I release candidate-II,
which probably won’t have most of the bugs we saw in Pre I.

ELX is a simplified, KDE-based distribution that is very similar
to Redmond Linux . Both of them have put a lot of effort into
making their setup routines and default desktops as
Windows-user-friendly as possible, while still including more
sophisticated GUI and command line admin tools. And both are
succeeding. If anything, ELX is even closer to Windows, as far as
GUI- level administration, than Redmond Linux.

Both ELX and Redmond Linux have cut installation choices to the
bone; you start with basic functionality and little else. I give
ELX points over Redmond Linux for including OpenOffice, along with
AbiWord and KOffice, in its default install. But this is a
temporary advantage. Joe Cheeks, of Redmond Linux, has told me
Redmond is going to include OpenOffice either as part of the
default install or as an option very soon.”

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