Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 18th Jan 2004 08:19 UTC
Oracle and SUN Some of the more experienced among the readers can surely configure CUPS with Samba by editing configuration files with closed eyes. This kind of exercise is useful and fun the first few times, but it can quickly become a mundane task if it has to repeated often. Wouldn't it be nice if we had a distribution that could do it near-automatically? In other words, wouldn't it be nice if we just used Xandros? And despite our natural resistance to use GUI for any kind of configuration, could we still love Xandros? Robert Storey investigates.
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Can a Geek love Xandros ?
by antixandros on Mon 19th Jan 2004 02:04 UTC

Xandros promissed a free trail download. How can nobody's talking about this? Don't you all see that Linux distrinbution makers are stating to display microsoft practices? If you pay a membership to mandrake or you pay to suse each year or other commercial distribution you'll end up paying as much as you would for for XP. Then most of us who graduated from a university could get xp for free. Nothing beats free, and, excuse me, saving your time. I am not defending microsoft here, I am rather accucing linux distributions. At least Mandrake has a free distribution you can download and SUSE Pro you can get from ebay for 10$. Can anyone tell me why would I pay more than that for a linux distro when is clear to me that there is no way on Earth will do all that XP does and many things on my laptop won't work, and TV out won't work and many other things such as power management. If i configure windows right there is no security problem as there is isn't for most regular users. It's all a hype abouy linux which i've tried to use for 5 years now. It's never been closer to be a desktop replacement as it is now. however, it's still years behind windows or Mac OS X. And until it will ALL work out of the box without a hitch don't eaven think about calling it a desktop replacement. And about Xandros, well, they should keep their promisses first. They take all from the community and give nothing back. I won't pay a dime until I try it. I have the feeling it won't do more than suse 9, and that is the closest to the perfection of linux today.
It is also very important for all linux distros to have a compatibility layer with windows since most people use some specialized software that can't be replaced. For example I need chemdraw, masslynx, can u replace those? NO. Then, linux is just a toy for geeks and most distributors don't make any effort to not only make it usable but a total replacement of windows. If i switch to linux i don'tw ant to dual boot and go back to windows to do my daily chores. Most things I need, linux can't do and it never will since those companies who make the software i need don't make a linux version.