Linked by Adam S on Mon 13th Dec 2004 05:37 UTC
Linux There's always a lot of excitement when a major Linux distribution has a new release - there's the clamour for the release notes and changelog, as well as the insatiable urge for screenshots and the search for the torrent for the ISOs. The release of Xandros Desktop 3.0 last week was no exception, with OS fanatics everywhere curious just what was in store. Read on for details.
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by David on Mon 13th Dec 2004 13:21 UTC

I've been a Xandros supported over their last 3 versions and I keep it installed in one the PCs at home.

Overall, I think Xandros is a good distro keeping in mind the average home/enterprise desktop user it is targeted but for the more than $80 of Deluxe Edition I expected a little bit more. I did not see many changes in version 2 and less seems to be changed for this new version. Many of the annoyances of version 1 continue on this:

- Fonts. Yes fonts continue being a issue. Fonts are very small for high resolutions display. This is espcially apparent on Laptop displays with resolutions up to 1400x1050. You can easily configure font size in KDE but with some applications (Mozilla) this will not work. Ditto for CrossOver.

- Xandros Networks: Sorry Xandros, XN is plain ugly. It has not changed an inch since version 1 (that was 2002!) Other tools like Linspire click-and-run are much more intutive and user oriented.

- Installation with Windows: My Windows partition become unrecognible by Partition Magic after installing Xandros. That never happen on version 1 or 2. I have to tweak with for a pair of hours in order to get things running again.

- Floppy Icon on Xandros Explorer. A floppy icon is shown in Xandros on every floppy-less laptop I have installed! When the incon is clicked Xandros Explorer hungs. Once you connect a floppy drive via USB, it becomes drive B:(!!)

- GTK applications are poor integrated into the KDE desktop; why is so hard to follow what Red Hat did with Bluecurve?

- Booting time. Why Xandros try to re-re-re-re-detect all my hardware all over again after every reboot?

- Suspend/Hibernate. These features don not work without tweaking a little bit with command line. Do Xandros expect their customers know how to configure ACPI and other power-savvy features on theier PCs?

- Many Wireless PCMCIA cards are still not being recognized by the OS. I know this is common proble in Linux proble due to hardware manufactures but I expected a little more from a distro of around $80.

- etc.

Please, do not get me wrong. I use Xandros almost everyday and still think it is the best Linux option for the average Microsoft user that wants to move from Windows, but I expected a more polished and evolved distritbution for a version 3 pay-per-download distro.

(Sorry for my poor English ;)