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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Xandros
by Anonymous on Wed 18th Sep 2002 03:32 UTC

"However, my biggest gripe so far (the Xandros engineers still investigate to try and find the cause) is the incredible slow UI experience I get (even after re-installing the OS). I click on the window manager to move away a window, and the window will actually move after 1 second, as if it was glued to the desktop."

I am a beta tester for Xandros and I have not experienced the "slow UI experience" you describe. I have seen a few apps behave sluggishly but overall I have been very satisfied with the speed of the OS.

"In fact, the "Terminal" application is also kind of hidden under the System submenu, and not as easy to reach as in other distros. "

It is no more hidden than the "command prompt" in WinXP.

"This is a Linux distribution to watch out for, and it would straight compete with both Lycoris and Lindows."

I basically agree with you there. Lindows was based on Xandros. Lycoris is a nice effort but does not have the advantage of the Debian apt-get style of update which is a major improvement over the RPM approach. I am running Xandros beta2 as my main desktop and it has been solid and flexible. I have been able to do so much more with this "beta" than I ever was able to do in all of the other so called production releases. My testing has found a few flaws but they pale in comparison to the ones I have experienced in several well known established distributions. NVidia works out of the box with no screwing around downloading and installing drivers and reconfiguring XF86 files. I have even installed with a VooDoo, shut the system down, plugged in an NVidia Gforce and rebooted right into the 3d driver for NVidia with Xandros. No other distribution currently can do that. As well I have tested with a WinModem,the bane of Linux. Guess what, it works. Xandros may have a few rough edges but so far its the best Linux distribution I have used.