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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by DCMonkey on Wed 18th Sep 2002 06:30 UTC

You know what I'd like to see? I'd like to see a Linux distro clone the Windows UI (pick a version. I'm partial to w2k myself) down to the pixel (excepting icons probably). They'd probably get sued, though MS doesn't seem to be as lawsuit happy about looknfeel as Apple is.

Another one I'd like to see? A non-power user oriented distro based on a more traditional WM UI where everything is presented as a program including the file manager. No desktop icons. Could have screen edge panels. Basically a simple interface for running programs and managing data files created by those programs. That is still what a computer does after all.

You know what I'd like to stop seeing? People who seem to think that because one distro thinks they can build a market around a Windows UI lookalike that all Linuxdom will be homogenized and Jackbooted Xandros Thugs will storm into their basements and tear their precious Debian/Mandrake/Gentoo/Builtfromrawtarball distros from their trembling fingers.

It is just another option guys. It is about choice isn't it? If no one wants something like Xandros, they'll go out of business. The world will still spin, the sun will still rise, and 100% pure KDE will still compile from your pristine sources.

PS: I think the Xandros task bar is rather ugly. Too lumpy.