Home > Oracle and SUN > Xandros Desktop 2.0 Deluxe Review at DesktopOS Xandros Desktop 2.0 Deluxe Review at DesktopOS Submitted by Tim Mullins 2004-02-11 Oracle and SUN 31 Comments This review is targeted towards current Microsoft Windows users, Apple Macintosh users and novice/new Linux users alike. Its goal is to introduce you to the Xandros Desktop Operating System Version 2.0 Deluxe boxed. Read it at DesktopOS.com. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 31 Comments 2004-02-11 5:53 am Thanks Eugenia 2004-02-11 5:53 am Longhorn article j/k Anyways… Xandros is a pretty polished distro. I guess its normal to see this kind of response from enthusistic…Hmmm what do you call a bunch of xandros users? 2004-02-11 7:13 am haven’t seen one distro getting so many reviews, quite impressive i have to say…. 2004-02-11 7:18 am I’ve been using Lindows 4.5 that I got free from OSnews (Thank You!!) for a little bit now. I have to say that I like it. Now I want to try Xandros!. Its good to see that there are several usr friendly linux distros battling it out. Its interesting to watch a market where there is COMPETITION!!. If there was something like After Effects for Linux I would never look back. 2004-02-11 7:34 am So there are people out there who like Xandros. From the looks of it, all of them end up writing reviews and posting something on osnews. We got the point. Now please stop. 2004-02-11 7:40 am Prehaps we need a system in place so that we only get 3 or 4 review’s posted per given version of a os and not have another one untill the next version comes out.Even that many sounds like overkill. 2004-02-11 7:51 am for the uncountable time. 2004-02-11 8:17 am this is OSnews a linux distro is a os posting os review on osnews absolutely make sense. its better than 180+ out of 200+ linux distros that nobody use on distrowatch : 2004-02-11 9:14 am Xandros has been one of the most stable and well put together Linux distributions I have ever used. I never had a problem with lockups. If you don’t like seeing so many Xandros reviews, then don’t read them. Pretty simple really. Personally I like to read other peoples views. 2004-02-11 9:43 am Well said flibblesan. As I said in my previous Xandros related post. If you don’t like them, then don’t read them. There are people who enjoy reading these reviews. I have to give Xandros a try. 2004-02-11 11:30 am Bud what’s a real distro? Do you mean one where you need to use the command line interface? Where only 1% of the population would have the skill to even think about using it or installing it? If Linux is going to make it too the Desktop and into mainstreem then we need OS’s like Xandros, Lindows, Lycoris, Ark, Ares, PCLinuxOS. We need user-friendly GUI OS’s. I finished this review last night, it had been months coming, I started writing it when I was beta testing for Xandros. I became very busy with creating DesktopOS.com and thus the review got delayed, otherwise this review would have come out months ago. Sorry, I know there has been a lot of reviews of Xandros 2.0. But that’s because it IS a good product. People want to tell other people when they use such a good product… Don’t worry though I will not write another review of Xandros until the next version is out. (I did not say I will not host another review on DesktoPOS.com) My next review will be of a different product, and probably not Lindows either, more like Lycoris or Ark Linux. 2004-02-11 12:33 pm I don’t mind having new links to new reviews. It could be any other OS, if I’m interested, I follow the link. I use Xandros Desktop, so I don’t have to read all of those reviews to know how it works. It is nice though to see that people who like the product want to share their thaughts and experiences. Now that we know a bit more about the Desktop OS by Xandros, I would really appreciate a review of Xandros Desktop Management Server. I don’t have a network of PCs to manage myself, and I don’t know anyone who does and would be interested in trying this product. But maybe someone at OSNews could do it? Thanks. 2004-02-11 12:33 pm OK,real distro was pretty much unfortunate word. Now,Xandros is a very good product , sure! So is WinXP , better yet! Win98 , so is MacOS. Is not the point. Point is that as the review states , the article was intended for Win users.Hence the question : what Xandros offer over WinXP? You know the answer,I don’t have to draw it for you. And no , real distro is not the one where you spend most of your time in front of the console.Although it will be nice if everybody could do that.1% you say, but I ask you , how many Windows users install the OS by themselves? Is for that I consider your argument is not quite valid IMHO.Beside , is not only the OS capabilities. There’s software as well , marketing stuffs , you name it.Using a linux keernel with a toned down DE (KDE,Gnome you name it) is a good option? Could be , but I don’t believe it. Oh , and there are the games too , the average Win user cannot let the day pass without an hour of MOH-AA , you know.I don’t have anything with xandros or lindows.Is just because they are pushed forward in the news so is pretty hard to miss a related announcement. Be cool. 2004-02-11 12:35 pm What is the license agreement with Xandros? If I have 3 computers in the house, am I technically supposed to buy 3 copies? Or does the license allow me to buy it once and *legally* do what I want with it? Including copying it for a friend to try? (Who I would then encourage to pay for his own copy if he liked it.) 2004-02-11 12:46 pm Legally you can use it on as many computers as you wish at home in a private capacity, and on one computer at work. 2004-02-11 2:48 pm The problem is all the repeats. Sure, I’m somewhat interested to see what the hubbub is about, least I would not have tried the distro myself. However, I’m fairly certain that there already has been a review of desktopos, and even for your guys who are interested, how many reviews do you need until you’re satisfied? All I’m saying is that it’s going overboard. 2004-02-11 3:40 pm that’s what Bud didn’t understand. 2004-02-11 4:14 pm You’d think the Linux comunity would be happy that a linux distro that isn’t Lindows, is making a dent in the WinTel Community, I’ve run many different distro’s of linux, From redhat 8 to Fedora Core 1, Mandrake and SuSE 9 pro from best buy. Xandros is the ONLY one I’ve kept installed for more then a week, I have a desire to move from windows. Xandros and its great usability has put me one step closer to that goal 2004-02-11 4:57 pm I hope that for the sake of new people comming to this site, keep the reviews comming. The information is also for ones who are interested in linux for the first time to see the reviews. Not just the ones already using it.Besides it makes good reading if i am going to try a new distro i want read what others think. 2004-02-11 5:07 pm Does anyone know how to install Ogle or any other DVD player on Xandros 2? I hate the way you are required to only use what they give you on the “Xandros Networks” site. 2004-02-11 5:25 pm read my advices for “sarge” repositories at the forums of xandros. 2004-02-11 6:00 pm For gods sake. What a bunch of pissing and moaning over nothing. The same people who bitch and moan about all the Xandros reviews, saying that enough is enough, are the same people who have to bombard the comments board everytime a Xandros review is put up on OSnews. The same comments over and over. Does it ever occur to you that other people might get tired of hearing your constant remarks and complaints. I would rather read multiple Xandros reviews compared to a bunch of guys griping over and over again about how repetitive the reviews are. Practice what you preach!!!!!!! 2004-02-11 9:04 pm Maybe if there were reviews of many different operating systems posted it wouldn’t be as odd, but there is a really disproportional amount of Xandros reviews. There must be other review out there? Surely not everyone has decided to write a review of Xandros at once? It just seems weird, like product placement or not. And people saying you shouldn’t complain about a free site, the people making the site have made it for people to read so I think listening and understand their views is very important so more people will visit the site. 2004-02-11 9:29 pm I have never ever complained about anything on OSNews before, so obviously you’re talking a lot of bullshit. I like OSNews very much, once again, I’m only saying I’ve had enough of, like anonymous right above says, the disproprtionate number of Xandros reviews. I never wrote a review on Xandros, and probably never will, so how does that not make me practice what I preach? Talk about whining. And if there are that many people who have griped about too many Xandros reviews in the past, then that should give you a clue. 2004-02-11 10:19 pm So , did this review convinced ya to buy a fresh new version of XandrOS?Chill down mate , take the archive for the last month and count the occurences of the word XandrOS.You will be amazed to know that this guy sits next to microsoft.But then again,Xandros wants microsoft users to take a look at their OS.Cool.Just do it.Beside,I like better the Lycoris eyecandy than Xandros,although if you read the article about Lycoris on the same page you will laugh a bit of what kinda answers that guy gives. 2004-02-11 10:19 pm Just wanted to say that I deserve to be moderated down on this subject. 2004-02-11 10:58 pm Why all the bitching and complaining about the XandrOS reviews? I think its important to see several views of a subject from people in probably different work situations etc. If it’s not of your interest to read yet another XandrOS review, just dont click “Read More”! It’s as easy as that. The recent news post about “New Automation Opportunities in .NET” doesnt interest me at all…so I just go on to the next title. “Journey of a Thousand Miles”…what can that be? *reading the ingress*…nah…Longhorn talk?…doesnt seem to be interesting for me either…next title… Just as easy as that! 2004-02-12 4:34 am It doesn’t make sense though, why are there so many Xandros reviews? I’ve read a few now so I have really no need to read anymore, but there aren’t reviews for any other OSs being posted to read. You’re not telling me the only OS getting reviews is Xandros? It just looks like advertising because it is so disproportional. 2004-02-12 5:07 am Simple, Xandros is releasing three versions of thier Linux OS. Standard, Deluxe and Business. Each one is at different price point and aimed at a different audiance. It makes sense, to me at least, that they each be reviewed seperately. Besides, there’s still more SuSE reviews than anything else here. 2004-02-12 9:37 am I find that when I’m about to spend my money on something (more than a dish of calamari rings), I try to read or at least skim over as many reviews on the product as possible. It’s how I determined which scanner, printer, and soon digital SLR to buy. I’d rather be inundated with reviews and be able to form a well rounded opinion on the product than read one or two from people who said, “DEWD TIHS THING IS SOOO KEWL,” and then find out about the flaws, bugs, and other crap that wasn’t mentioned. If I ever want to go and buy a copy of Xandros, I know at least that OS News has a plethora of reviews on it, so I know I’ll be able to make a smart decision. So THERE! And stuff. 2004-02-12 7:10 pm It’s been almost 3 weeks since I’ve visited OSNews last. I got pretty pissed off with Eugenia and the other editors here over their seeming determination to continue to bombard readers with every little amateur Xandros review that exists on the great big Internet, regardless of how users feel about it. I decide to check back and bam – smack dab on the front page is yet another Xandros review. Please don’t give me “why all the whining and complaining?” line because it doesn’t even hold water here. There are enough Xandros reviews here to keep anyone reading for hours on end. And there are plenty of other operating systems/linux distributions out there on the market that are hardly getting ANY coverage at all — even the ones that are superior to Xandros in many ways (you can disagree with me if you wish). I don’t think Mandrake 9.2 got more than TWO reviews here when it was released. I can’t even remember if I ever saw a review of Windows Server 2003 when it was released (I’m sure there was at least one). This isn’t journalism, this is marketing. OSNews has turned into nothing more than a glorified marketing site for Xandros, and there is good reason to believe they’re getting paid nicely for it. If five different reviews of the same product–from amateur to professional–are not sufficient for you to evaluate it, then you might as well go buy the bloody product and try it for yourself! The real truth of the matter is that now I cannot trust opinions, reviews and articles coming from OSNews about any product because I cannot depend on them not to be biased or sponsored — their journalistic integrity is gone. Fortunately that doesn’t change much. I’ve always taken Eugenia’s reviews with a massive grain of salt to begin with.