By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2004-12-09 Print this article Print

If youve ever installed Windows, you can install Xandros. Its really that simple. The Xandros installation routine is pretty much painless, and we had no problems with ours at all. Rather than going with the express routine, we opted to choose the custom routine so we could pick the installation partitions we wanted to use for Xandros. Both of our test systems also had Windows XP installed in a separate partition, and Xandros had no problem co-existing peacefully with the other operating system. Our installation process took about 20 minutes or so altogether, after which we booted into the Xandros desktop.
The Xandros Desktop
After installation, we logged in and booted to our Xandros Desktop. The Xandros desktop is clean and well organized. When you first boot, theres not much clutter on the desktop (no worries though, we know how to clutter up a desktop quickly and efficiently by leaving files everywhere and never removing them until our desktop is completely covered). When the desktop loaded, we saw a trash can, Home icon, Quick start guide, a web browser link, and a link for Xandros networks. To begin using Xandros, we simply clicked the Launch button and the the Applications choice in the menu. If youve used Windows "Start" button, youll feel right at home with Xandros "Launch" button. Its pretty much the same thing. We cant help but wonder why everybody who creates operating systems doesnt just call that button "Start." Can Microsoft have trademarked the word start? We somehow doubt it. The application menus in Xandros are well organized and easy to navigate. Clicking the Launch button gives you access to your applications as well as the Xandros Control Center, File Manager, and Xandros Networks--where you update and maintain your systems software.

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site:

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

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