Home > Linspire > Attack of the Clones: Is Lindows the Real Deal? Attack of the Clones: Is Lindows the Real Deal? Eugenia Loli 2003-02-17 Linspire 13 Comments Lindows 3.0 promises fast installations, easy updates, and an interface built to please. Seth Fogie takes a closer look at this operating system to determine whether Lindows has accomplished its goal. Free registration required to read the article. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 13 Comments 2003-02-17 6:38 am >>Free registration required to read the article. in life, nothing is free. someone tell me if the article is any good. 😉 2003-02-17 7:13 am On the surface, Lindows is Red Hat Linux 8 (RH8) with a facelift. And Debian is RH Linux 8 without the GUI? Please – Lindows on the surface is Corel Linux updated. 2003-02-17 2:10 pm login email@example.com cyberpunk 2003-02-17 2:37 pm Why is this guy trying to install an RPM on a Debian based distro? And why does he have such a chubby for Red-Hat 8? Lindows is NOT modeled after Red-Hat. Not a bad review though. I don’t know why he had trouble creating user accounts though, I’ve never had any trouble whatsoever with Lindows. This guy ought to try Xandros next. Another very nice distro who’s networking abillities would blow this guy away!! 2003-02-17 4:28 pm This guy has absolutly no idea what he is talking about, This review was a joke. I on the other hand have tried Lindows 3.0 and I can sum it up in 3 words –peice of crap 2003-02-17 5:35 pm “no idea what he is talking about, This review was a joke” yes and this is why I saw Lindows is bad for Linux and the Linux community…just look at all the posts to the story…all those stupid windows IT guys are like “wow, i never heard of Lindows and didn’t think Linux could be that easy..blah, blah,” so now they equate Linux as being Lindows or becuase of Lindows stupid outragous claims as being “windows” people still assume all there directx games, and software should work then get pissed when it dosn’t…also making Linux look bad. yes, Lindows = Crap! 2003-02-17 6:01 pm …all those stupid windows IT guys are like “wow, i never heard of Lindows and didn’t think Linux could be that easy..blah, blah,” so now they equate Linux as being Lindows By your logic, if Lindows is not Linux, then OSX is not Unix either. 2003-02-17 6:04 pm commercial mail != free ’nuff said 2003-02-17 6:16 pm well OS X technically isn’t actually UNIX…. what i meant by my post is that this is really there first impression of Linux because many have not researched Linux period! I should have continued with what i was originally going to say but instead typed the “…blah, blah, blah” part (don’t actually know why i did that) what i was going to continue to say is that… then they go on to say hey it dosn’t run my windows software like they said, hey it dosn’t have directx, Linux sucks…what a great first impression Lindows is seen by most of the world (even non-techie people) as a cheap imiation ripping off of Windows and dosn’t compare in terms of features and abilities….a cheap knock-off I don’t know about you but i don’t like Linux being thought of as Payless shoes when everyone else is wearing Nike. 2003-02-17 7:11 pm Hate to tell you my friend OS X is not quite UNIX, it is a knock off of UNIX just like the NeXTStep OS is, I refer to OS X as the new NeXTStep becuase it is. The only thing Apple has done right is the Objective C developer tools which it has closed off, I remember when I had OpenStep for Windows NT, If Apple really wants to contribute something it needs to open up its developer tools and port them to alternate operating system, just like NeXT Did, but Back to OS X it isnt even UNIX 98 certified, Mac OS X has more in common with Linux in terms of engineering than UNIX. 2003-02-17 7:22 pm On the surface, Lindows is Red Hat Linux 8 (RH8) with a facelift. RH8 is one of the most popular free versions of Linux that has helped to bridge the gap between the simple world of Windows and the sometimes complex world of Linux. Now, this in and of itself isn’t that funny. I could see a reporter mistaking Lindows being Debian based for it being RedHat based… Attempting to get the drivers installed on Lindows was a major unsuccessful pain. The first hurdle was an invalid database error when I tried to install the driver RPM (RPM Package Manager). After a few minutes of Googling, I learned that this occurred if the RPM database was corrupt or nonexistent. Okay, at this point he should start getting a clue. Nonexistant or corrupt RPM database, hmm? Well, if it is RedHat based, he’s probably screwed… Since this database holds information on what packages were installed via RPM, any problem would seriously impact my ability to update, install, or remove programs. To correct this problem, I had to create a few directories, and then initialize and rebuild the RPM database. Create a few directories? Well, that definitely gives creedence to the “nonexistant RPM database” side of things… perhaps now he should begin realizing that Lindows isn’t an RPM-based distribution? Even after this was done, however, the RPM still didn’t install, due to dependency errors. Well surprise, surprise, surprise… This article does speak well about one thing: hardware compatibility attitudes of Lindows. If they’re aiming to be user friendly but simply not going to support nvidia chipsets, they should integrate a “Hardware Compatibility Wizard” into the installer which checks all system hardware and will flag any possibly incompatible hardware beforehand so the user isn’t left at the command line if his video chipset isn’t supported. 2003-02-17 7:53 pm I actually use Lindows. I find it very easy to setup, very stable, reasonable fast, and has lots of good software. Hancom Office, StarOffice, TuxRacer Deluxe etc. It is not my favorite Linux (that would be Xandros) but too say its crap is based on nothing. You may not agree on how Lindows gained ground or how they do business but they worked hard to make it accessable. cnr is very easy/stable, besides that its linux powered. 2003-02-17 10:57 pm what i was going to continue to say is that… then they go on to say hey it dosn’t run my windows software like they said, hey it dosn’t have directx, Linux sucks…what a great first impression Yes, I agree with you. I think those in the Linux community (and those trying to profit from it) could greatly benefit the Linux cause by being completely upfront and honest about what Linux does well and what it doesn’t, instead of trying to brand it as some sort of all-purpose Windows killer (or even replacement), which it certainly is not yet, no matter how bad the zealots want it to be. But instead, they’d rather lie to people (at the very least, mislead them) by telling them that Linux is all that and a bag of potatoe chips, and then when people try it, they’re disappointed because most find out it isn’t what they thought it was.