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 Marvin on Wed 18th Sep 2002 09:49 UTC

I see a lot of comments here saying "What's new about this?
Nothing!" or completely focusing on the Windows-like skin.
Apparently many people here never tried to understand what
it's like for a linux newbie to have installed linux only
to find out
- they don't know how to share their files with other
computers ("Oh, that's really simple! Install "Samba", and
then put all your shares in /etc/samba/smb.conf - just read
the docs in /usr/doc/samba/..." - "What? Why can't I just
point and click, like in Windows? Linux sucks!")
- they don't know how to access shares from other computers ("Again, install samba, then open a terminal, become root with "su" and do "mount -t smb ..." - "What? Linux really sucks!")
- they don't know why many settings don't show up in the "control center" (e.g. network configuration "Well, I think they have some graphical utility for that, hmmm, where is it? Well, you can always do it in the terminal, just edit /etc/... fuck, where does your distro put the network settings?" - "*sarcastic laughter*")
- they don't know why some settings in the control center are grey and cannot be modified ("You have to become root for that. just do su, and then... hmmmm, how do I launch the control center from the command line? Well, just log out and then log in as root and then..." - "Sounds to me that XP's idea of giving administrator privileges to all users really was a good idea!")
- they don't know how to change their screen resolution ("you can use xf86config for that or xf86cfg or, if you want it user-friendly, just install blahXdiblah and do it with that, or do it with the tool that comes with your distro, if only I could find it..." - "Fuck off, I'm wiping that partition now and installing XP. Anyway, thank you, you made me realize why I should stick with Windows!")

Now, I look at the screen shots and get the impression that
Xandros is getting all of this right, whereas most other
distros only get some of it right. But for an average user
to be able to use their computer without expert help, you
have to get it all right.
For example, I very much like that message on one screenshot
"Changes in this module require Administrator access. Click the 'Administrator' button to gain access".
It's a small thing, but it's these small things that make a
huge difference for people who (unlike me and possibly you)
don't *want* to learn any more about their OS than absolutely necessary.