Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 22:27 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Oracle and SUN "Xandros is based, like Ubuntu, on Debian GNU/Linux, the ultimate community distribution of Linux, but lives by a very different ethos. Xandros has moved at its own pace, offering solutions from desktop to server, with the objective of 'selling Linux into a Windows world'. The latest release of the Xandros Linux desktop edition was in June 2006, which is several lifetimes in the history of Linux. Is this the end of the line for the Xandros desktop?" Hey, we even have a Xandros database category. Darn, we're awesome.
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I guess the strong point for Xandros was the easy transition from windows. They used drive letters and had a very good integration of CrossOffice.

Why this does not work today:
- Both OS X and Ubuntu (and Win 7) proved that users understand that switching away from windows means change, they just want something easy to use not a 1:1 copy. They are willing to adapt to new environments as long as you provide an intuitive and easy to use interface. We are not talking any more about users who just remember the name and positions of buttons and menu items.
- CrossOffice will never be good enough. For so many years wine tried to build a copy of windows api and there are always some details that make it hard to support all programs (even for MS between different versions of Windows).
Visualization might be an answer but why switch from windows if you still need to pay for the license. And have a speed penalty. Most linux programs run natively on windows.

There are users who want to switch to linux for stability, modularity... and still run windows programs from time to time, but this are technical users who CAN and DO use Ubuntu or other distros. Average Joe does not care so much about stability and modularity (and Win 7 is stable enough now).
And run the tools he knows because OpenOffice does not provide perfect compatibility with MS Office and Adobe suite is hard to replace both because of functionality, compatibility with printing shops and complicated user interface.

I know the last is Adobe's problem but it is very difficult to create such complex tools that have an easy to use interface, but I guess the answer here is the same like for the OS UI: don't copy create something specific for average user.

I went a little outside the main subject so I'll stop here.

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