Xandros 4.0, the first new version of Xandros' desktop Linux distribution in a year and a half, has arrived. It includes the newest editions of the KDE application family, Firefox, Thunderbird, and the OpenOffice.org 2.0 office suite.
Xandros 4.0, the first new version of Xandros Inc.s desktop Linux distribution in a year and a half, arrived on June 20. Xandros 4 is based on Debian Sarge Linux, with LSB (Linux Standard Base) improvements courtesy of the DCC Alliances Common Core.
It also includes the KDE 3.42 desktop interface. If you want GNOME, youre looking at the wrong distribution. Xandros is very KDE-oriented.
For programs, it includes the newest editions of the KDE application family, Firefox, Thunderbird, and the OpenOffice.org 2.0 office suite.
This latest version of the first mass-market Linux desktop, the long-gone Corel Linux, has added a variety of features designed to make it a drop-in replacement for Windows.
One aspect of this is the inclusion of Paragon Software Groups NTFS for Linux. With this program, Xandros will be able to both read and, much more significantly, write to Windowss NTFS-formatted drives. NTFS has become the most popular Windows file system.
Xandros also makes things easy for Windows desktop users to migrate from XP, or other shipping Windows desktops, by incorporating Versoras Progression Desktop. This innovative program enables users to import their Windows settings, data, and filesincluding email, photos, and musicwhen moving from Windows to Xandros.
Xandros 4 also comes with CodeWeavers CrossOver Office bundled. This program enables users to run many popular Windows programs like Microsoft Office and Intuit Quicken.
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.