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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What I want
by Bill Blakely on Thu 19th Sep 2002 18:43 UTC

Everything seems to have been covered in the prievious 103 messages. I'll just add my $.02
I bought my first computer about 11 yrs ago. In order to get Win3.0 working, you had to do a lot of work in DOS. For a computer newbie, what a nightmare!
I expected some of the same when I bought Corel Linux 1.5 yrs ago. I managed to partition the HD with just a little help. The install went amazingly well. Only problems were; it didn't recognize half the hardware (all of which was on the compatibility list), the sound didn't work, neither did the modem, and while WP Office 2000 installed, the font manager didn't.
I soon discovered that I was facing and ENORMOUS learning curve just to get going. And as soon as Corel cashed my check, the withdrew from the Linux project.
I gave up.

What I want:
>easy installation
>enough point and click to get me going
>applications that work

I hate to give up WordPerfect, QuattroPro, PhotoPaint, and Paradox, but I'll switch to Star Office if I have to (if Star creates and opens files in Win formats, so I won't be alone out here!)

If I can point and click my way into Linux, I can learn more command line stuff as I need to as I go along.

Too much to ask?