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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I like the fact that it set to run similar to Windows
by chowyunpat on Tue 14th Dec 2004 22:12 UTC

Why is it, that every time a user friendly Linux distro like Xandros, Lycoris, or Lindows is reviewed there are always some people that don't like the Windows style GUI of these distros? I have a question for critics like say thats like that? Do you want Microsoft to continue to be dominant? In order for this to happen Linux is going to have be user friendly and easy to use, esp if you want the average Window user to migrate to Linux, its just that simple. There is nothing wrong with this "mainstreaming" approach, but yet some of you act like doing this is selling out.

Let me explain something, most Windows user have ZERO experience with Linux, so why not encourage them to migrate to a user friendly distro like Xandros, where everything works right out of the box (relatively speaking of course)? Is it fair to ask to go to something like SlackWare where there is a amount of configuring and tweaking, which would be a daunting task?

Xandros is one of best versions of Linux I have ever used bar none, in my humble opinion, it is definitely the easiest to install programs with. The only downside to Xandros OCE 2.0 is a lot of the open source programs that run on other distros like Red Hat, Suse, or even Debian apps dont always run on Xandros and some of the have to be compiled to run on Xandros, but with a little bit of searching and access to the user forums and you can run almost all of the main streaming video protocols for Windows ie, Windows media stuff, quicktime, realplayer, etc and they are enough of other types of programs that at least allowed me to do almost everything I have done in Windows to be done in Xandros.

Also, while Xandros may be easy to use that doesnt mean you cant learn things about Linux. I have learn a lot about Linux ie, using the terminal, using the command line even with Xandros. So, might it be logical to assume that some Xandros users may possibly migrate to other more techinal "hands on" versions of Linux? You dont feed steak to a baby do you? You gotta start with milk first and then in a few years the baby will be able to eat solid foods, which mainly my point to the more experienced Linux who are critical of distros like Xandros, Lycoris, or Lindows.