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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Ms Office compatibility is key.
by Heru on Wed 18th Sep 2002 12:13 UTC

Each and every month, for eternity, just to have the ability to MAYBE play some of my Windows games

I only pay when a new version is out, and that isn't too often. One thing Transgaming is helping to slowly happen is to have Linux ports of Windows games, UT 2003 is one example, and WineX supports that effort. And unlike MS's .NET plan, WineX is still mostly open source, and won't be a pay software for ever, and unlike .Net you can keep the versions you have even after you stop paying.

But regardless, the majority of computer users do not use thier computer to play games. Also most Windows users I know wouldn't mind parting with the Windows UI, what really gets them is MS Office compatibility. Star Office, Open Office and Hancom Office are all excellent products, but the MS Office compatibility is between 70% and 80%, so there are 20-30% of documents that don't look right. Until we can replace .doc as the de-facto standard we need to improve support for it. Some people have begun using Crossover Office to run MS Office directly on Linux, but thats not much of a solution.