Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 18th Sep 2002 02:30 UTC
Xandros 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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Try Lindows
by Ken Schrock on Thu 19th Sep 2002 14:13 UTC

It has all the advantages stated, is very polished, and has Click-N-Run which makes software installs just about effortless. WalMart sells computers with it pre-installed. I talked our church into buying one. I talked a friend into buying one. In both places the users were "average" users (or below) and knew little or nothing about Linux. All the users in both places love it. Nobody misses Windows.

It is a superb blend of sit down and use it immediatly user friendliness and hack on it all you want geekness. I have Anjuta and Glade and DevHelp installed, the church is using Open Office and GnuCash, and the family likes Neko the Cat and uses a Win app to get desktop backgrounds. Run Netscape 7.0 for Linux or Internet Explorer for Windows. FTP the Mac or connect to the Win box shares or NFS into other Linux boxes. Hack on the init.d scripts if you want.

It does auto update but lets you know and gives you options (they have made three small improvements in Click-N-Run in the last 10 days), keeps a list of all the apps you've installed (so you can remove or update them later), installs Star Office and Open Office without a hassle (why would you do that? Why not : ), and you can install MS Office 2000 if you wish.

I am way impressed.