Xandros Desktop Linux OS Ships

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-10-28 Print this article Print

More than a year after the company bought Corel's Linux desktop distribution and all the licensing rights, Xandros is finally shipping the OS.

The Xandros Desktop Linux operating system is finally shipping, more than a year after the company bought Canadian software firm Corel Corp.s Linux desktop distribution and all the licensing rights. The Xandros Desktop product is built on the Linux kernel 2.4.19, XFree86 4.2, Debian 3.0, Corel Linux 3.0 and an enhanced K Desktop Environment. According to the companys Web site (www.xandros.com), the product is priced at $99. It builds on Corels Linux work and is designed to provide a simple, familiar product. "The original tenets of Corels design were: easy to install, easy to configure, easy to use and easy to integrate into existing network environments.
"Xandros expanded on this in creating its product that also offers easy migration for Windows users," the company says.
Included in the box is the Xandros Desktop installation CD, the Xandros technology preview CD with K Desktop Environment (KDE) 3, a 250-page manual and 30 days free installation technical support via e-mail. The Xandros Desktop has a five-step graphical installation process and uncomplicated configuration facilities to get the system up and running. Xandros also claims it is the "first and only Linux operating system to support non-destructive NTFS (New Technology File System) partition resizing during installation." Other features include automatic hardware detection and configuration, including some popular winmodems; auto-mounting of existing Windows and Linux drives; and hot plug-and-play USB device support. The Xandros File Manager allows files to be dragged and dropped from any source to any destination, including shared Windows drives and FTP sites, while seamless Windows networking integration including domain-level authentication is also included. Also included is the open-source Mozilla Web browser and the OpenOffice.org office productivity suite, while users can run Gnome applications as well as Java applications through the Web browser.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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