Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 8th Jul 2006 07:57 UTC
Oracle and SUN The newly released Xandros Desktop Linux 4.0 is one of the few remaining for-pay Linux distributions on the consumer market. The Home Edition is available for $40, or $80 for a Premium Edition. What do you get for your hard-earned cash? Let's take a look.
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Can be only my point, but i hate this of "windows-like-things-to-be-userfriendly". Nobody needs a Windows Explorer to copy/move/delete/whatever, people can do it with nautilus or konqueror. They will take less than 30 sec. to copy a file and paste it in nautilus/konqueror. It's easy to do! Dont _WASTE_ time writing this apps.

Why Xandros Desktop users need and Antivirus?! To alert users? Please dont alert users with a thing that _dont_ affect GNU/Linux systems.

I understand your complaints, but Xandros is aimed towards a business environment. Anytime a business has to spend training someone to learn a new way to browse files, and anytime the users waste trying to remember the new way, count as lost revenue. It is not as though nautilus/konqueror are the most difficult programs in the world to use, but just a waste of time to learn if you have one that functions so much like what you are used to. Business computers are about speed and efficiency, that's all.

As for the antivirus, while I know virii for Linux may be rare (there have been what, 2?) it is still something to pay attention to when you are on a business network with important classified information. It also may become more of a problem as more and more businesses switch their servers over to Linux. This doesn't mean Linux isn't super secure and a lot harder to infect, but just a reality of gaining market share. No OS is 100% secure, even OpenBSD. If you have to access the internet, you are vulnerable, and when you may have credit card numbers or social security numbers it only makes sense to have a virus scanner just in case.

I think some of you may be forgetting the target audiences of Xandros, or mistaking it with Linspire. Xandros #1 purpose is the workstation environment, with a small focus on home use. With this in mind, their main goal is Windows network integration. A smart idea I think, considering how many businesses use Linux servers already, it's only a matter of time before a certain chunk wants to make the workstations match.

If you don't need Windows integration, as it sounds, then pick up another distro such as Ubuntu or SUSE, but don't attack the developers at Xandros for supporting features their clients request.

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