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 rajan r on Wed 18th Sep 2002 06:49 UTC

Texstar: Does anyone know if Xandros will offer a downloadable version of their release like Mandrake, Redhat and Lycoris?

If they are like Corel, they probably would. But if they are like Corel, it would be barebones without bundled apps (except some ultilities).

BradC: maybe this is one reasons it feels so slow? i mean i am running mandrake 9 rc2 right now and it is one of the fastest desktops i have used (in linux anyway)

Notice Eugenia said other distros are not as inresponsive as Xandros :-)

Besides, I have tried RC1 (not RC2), and I can agree with you that it is fast (when compared with early betas and 8.2). However, am I the only one that find KDE faster, ironically, on RH Null than on Mandrake RC1?

Heru: I noticed they aren't following the LSB's recomendations for file system organization fully, the /disks folder shows that.

From a beta tester I know on IRC, it is only like that on XFM, and not in the terminal.

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

Start>More Programs>Accessories>Command Prompt. 4 mouse clicks. How much is it under Xandros?

Anonymous: The review looks fine so far. I am also running Mandrake 9.0RC2 which is fine. I installed Corel WPO2000 on it and it seems to mostly work. I am really more interested in getting WPO2002. Will it happen?

Corel says it would consider it when Corel is on solid financial grounds. They are still recovering from the blows of jumping to the hype of Linux and Java. But I think this would only be the case of Linux turns out to be a profitable market (which currently it isn't).

Joe user: The same problems I had years ago happen now. Terrible fonts. [...]

Maybe you should check out Red Hat Beta 3 (Null), and see the anti alias fonts. if you have a LCD display, choose Sub-pixel and drool....

Besides, isn't it amazing that without major OEM support and ISV spport, accroading to IDC, it surpases Mac in market share?

Miles Robinson: I mean really, the user interface of Windows is what most people are used to, and it's not really *all* that bad. Sure it's real plain but most people I know just want a plain and straight-forward UI.

Right.... why choose to clone Windows UI when there are more better "plain and straight-forward UIs" to copy? I don't know why other people oppose cloning of Windows UI, but for me, it is two reason

1) Microsoft is migrating slowly from Windows' UI. This also proves the flaws of the basic design of the UI. While, yeah, Windows is more easier to use than basic KDE nor GNOME, but it is more productive fixing the faults of the default UIs, than cloning another UI.
2) It makes the company and Linux in general look less professional and more like ripoffs... Do people look up on companies blatantly copying other companies' product in other industries like the automotive industry, the fashion industry etc.? NO!

Dave Owen: [...]but that's what it takes to get the big applications ported over to Linux, so be it -- because then, of the 3% remaining, people like me (who could use Linux exclusively, except for 2 or 3 work-related applications that are too media-intensive to run under vmware) could be done with Windows altogether.

What makes you think that these major apps would work flawlessly on unpoluted Windows? :-)

Just an observation....

But for me, I have no idea what would happen to Linux if the masses catch on to it. Would it be like the Internet? From unpoluted to a big gigantic annoying advertising frenzy that intrude into your personal life... Or would it be like washing machines and fridge, whom still does its work the same whether as a mass commodity now or a niche product in the early year.

I'm betting on the prior. But I haven't put much thought into it. ;) Besides, if Linux catches on, we can't really stop it.... now can we?