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 Jay on Wed 18th Sep 2002 16:32 UTC

The point has been brought up that these distros are becoming a clone of Windows. I think that is a very good point. I have to admit, I have no idea if there is a solution to that. They want to try to make things familiar to the newbie and that is the most obvious way. Yet, it does beg the question of why do this - why not just use Windows (except if your goal is to overthrow Windows, of course:-). That brings me to ELX...

ELX hardly gets talked about, but I run it and the poster above is right, I think, it could be the easiest to use yet. ELX has a cool thing for newbies where they group applications by category in the taskbar or panel and, when you click, for example, the browsers icon, all the browsers appear in a window and you then click on the one you want to use. And it is the same for other groupings of applications.

So, sometimes I think that, if KDE, for example, gets to the point of having a pretty polished look, there is not a real need to try and clone Windows when you have actual "new" ways of ease of use like this feature in ELX. I like Lycoris very much for newbies, but I am also looking forward to the final version of ELX. At least they came up with an idea for ease of use that just isn't a copy of some Windows feature.