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    A fling with Xandros

    If you are in anyway interested in a windows desktop replacement ....

    Xandros3

    Get the open circulation edition which is free and fully functional except that xover office is a 30 day trial.

    Out of the box it detected my network and configured the samba shares for me , comes with all the essentials , detected all of my hardware without a hitch.
    Mozilla & Thunderbird are included as are open office , & all the basics.

    Media playback is fantastic (my biggest gripe with out of the box Fedora) plays avi , mpg , &&windows wmv files ! , cd burning etc a breeze.

    You really could give this system to your gran and expect her to be able to use it + as its debian based , with apt-get you can easily convert it to a server or development machine...

    worth a look , anyone else tried it ?
    resistance is...

    MVC is the current buzz in web application architectures. It comes from event-driven desktop application design and doesn't fit into web application design very well. But luckily nobody really knows what MVC means, so we can call our presentation layer separation mechanism MVC and move on. (Rasmus Lerdorf)

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    I got confused looking at the site. Is this a new linux distro or just a GUI for linux? Their comparison matrix confused me

    http://www.xandros.com/products/desktop_matrix.html

    Surfside Linux? Is that something entirely different than the other things they have listed there?
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    While trying most of the distros before i finally (and happily!) installed Fedora Core 3 i too had a fling with Xandros.

    Personally i didn't like it - it just doesn't even come close to the big players and does nothing for me.

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    Is this a new linux distro or just a GUI for linux?
    Its a Debian Based Distro with a Gnome frontend , not a clue what the surfside edition is ?

    it just doesn't even come close to the big players
    ... for what ? as a development/server machine I agree (though you can make it so quite easily), as a workstation for those less interested in development it (IMO) is head & tails better than the rest I have tried from an `out of the box` perspective.

    I think it needs to be compared against Linspire,Sun Java Desktop, Lycoris,Mandrake etc , thats the target audience as far as I am aware.

    More things that (issues I have had with other distros) worked out of the box....
    NTFS read/write works
    wireless works
    audio works
    tv capture works
    twinhead config works (another complaint for Fedora) + nice to have the taskbar stretch across monitors
    Having Internet Explorer on the desktop so I could ignore it

    OK I had to tweak the twinhead cos it got confused at my radeon with DVI & std output .. but that was a matter of moving a cable !

    Obviously it is configured and optimized for a workstation type setup but its simply faster in X (with a full featured desktop) than anything else I have tried , gnome is responsive & have yet to kill it.
    resistance is...

    MVC is the current buzz in web application architectures. It comes from event-driven desktop application design and doesn't fit into web application design very well. But luckily nobody really knows what MVC means, so we can call our presentation layer separation mechanism MVC and move on. (Rasmus Lerdorf)


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