Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 18th Sep 2002 02:30 UTC
Oracle and SUN These days, the big players in the Linux "purely-desktop market" are Lycoris, Lindows, ELX and the much awaited Xandros Desktop 1.0. OSNews got their hands to the latest version of Xandros (beta3b) and we are giving it a whirl. Read more for information and screenshots.
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Re:RE:Mixed emotions...
by Eugenia on Wed 18th Sep 2002 03:30 UTC

>yes but what you like, for example the showing of your
mounted drives and such are easily done (and probably better) without totally wrecking KDE.

Not really. If someone wanted to completely change the look, feel and even functionality of KDE and only use modified libs and apps that would still be just fine with me! They are allowed, so they do it.

> there just isn't a point to trashing kde to make it look like windows, add functionality is one thing...totally changing it is another

No one is trashing anything. Xandros is invensting money on this. They are allowed to do this by the license, and they are using the KDE code to match their targets and the kind of customers they want to reach.
I think you are getting sentimental on bits and bytes and fail to see that it is all about business for companies like Xandros, or Lycoris or Red Hat.

> on top of that they introduce an unnecessary learning curve for people who want to then explore other linux distro's

This is a no issue and not Xandros responsibility. They are a company and they want people to only try their products anyway. That is what every company wants. They are not aiming to the usual Linux hacker, but for windows users.